Employment opportunities

Careers at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Working as “one team”, we have created an operational environment where our greatest resource – our people – will more effectively bring to bear their collective wealth of core skills and attributes to improve transport safety across the aviation, rail and marine transport sectors.

The ATSB's function is to improve safety and public confidence in the aviation, marine and rail modes of transport through excellence in:

  • independent investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences;
  • safety data recording, analysis and research; and
  • fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action. 

Should you require further assistance in terms of submitting your application, please contact our Recruitment Officer on 02 6122 1708 or via email to: recruitment@atsb.gov.au


Current position vacant

Title:Transport Safety Investigator
Classification:APS Level 6 – Executive Level 1 (TSI Broadband)
Position number:2019/06
Salary:$91,064 - $117,921
Branch:Transport Safety Division
Location:Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and potentially Sydney
Security clearance:Baseline
Close date:Monday, 27 January 2020
Contact officer:Recruitment on (02) 6122 1708

About the position

The role of a Transport Safety Investigator (TSI) is multifaceted and therefore more encompassing than just attending aviation, rail and/or marine accident sites. Whilst having a credible level of specialist knowledge based on appropriate qualifications and relevant industry experience is desirable, TSIs must be able to demonstrate:

  • personnel management and leadership skills capable of leading teams of like-minded professionals within a collaborative environment
  • analytical and written skills capable of producing a final published transport safety investigation report
  • project management skills capable of achieving a defined outcome, with agreed resources and within a prescribed time period
  • communication and stakeholder management skills capable of professionally representing the ATSB’s interests with a range of government and private sector organisations and the general public
  • an ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively and recognise/respect the work preferences and different views of others
  • an ability to apply industry knowledge and experience impartially
  • an understanding of, or an ability to acquire and apply a knowledge of, relevant legislation and supporting regulations
  • an ongoing commitment to self-development and the maintenance of industry awareness.

Interested candidates must have established industry based safety awareness, and proven communication, analytical, project management and technical written skills.

The ATSB is currently looking for a range of industry experience across the land, air and sea transport sectors, and in particular those that have a particular interest in improving safety in transport. 

To be successful in the role of Transport Safety Investigator you will have industry experience, skills and/or qualifications in one or more of the following:

  • Maritime offshore experience (> five years)
  • Rail infrastructure and/or operations experience (> five years)
  • Air transport experience in Regular Public Transport operations (recent and/or > five years)
  • Tertiary qualifications in Human Factors and/or > five years of experience working in a transport sector.


Application kit: (including position description and selection criteria)

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Applicant coversheet: (Attachment A)

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Current position vacant

Title:Communications Manager
Classification:Executive Level 2
Position number:2019/08
Salary:$121,484 – 138,658
Branch:Transport Safety Division
Location:Canberra Central Office
Security clearance:Baseline
Close date:13 December 2019
Contact officer:Nat Nagy on (02) 6122 1690

About the position

The Communications Team provides communication and media management services to the ATSB, with a focus on amplifying transport safety messages to key stakeholders.

As the Communications Manager, you will lead, guide and mentor a team of communication specialists to ensure communication tasks and activities are efficiently and effectively delivered to support the strategic direction of the ATSB.

Reporting to the Executive Director, responsibilities include:

  • proactive media management to build and maintain the reputation and reach of the agency as a world class transport safety investigator
  • supporting the investigation process through strategic media management, editorial support and publishing services
  • producing a range of high-quality communications products, including media releases, articles, speeches and social media content
  • overseeing the delivery of high quality graphic design content, including infographics, to effectively communicate the work of the agency
  • developing and maintaining an effective working relationship with internal and external stakeholders
  • strategic stakeholder management, including supporting staff attendance at industry events through the development of speeches and presentations
  • supporting senior managers, Senior Executive, the Commissioner, the Commission and ministerial staff with effective media management advice
  • managing online communication channels, including the website and social media accounts
  • managing staff workloads, team budget, contracts and other administrative duties.

A key deliverable of the role is the implementation of the 2018–19 Communications Strategy. This is a working document, so a proven ability to develop and implement effective communication strategies is necessary.

To be the successful candidate, you will have at least 10 years experience in communications, including either journalism or media management experience.

You will have the ability to work effectively in high-pressure environments with high workloads and tight timeframes, across a range of subject areas and projects. The role also requires excellent judgement, the ability to build effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and strong writing skills.

Due to the operational nature of the environment, the successful applicant will be required to be available outside of the bandwidth of 7am to 7pm.

Working knowledge of aviation, rail and/or marine industries is desirable.


Application kit: (including position description and selection criteria)

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Applicant coversheet: (Attachment A)

[Download DOC Download DOC: 86KBDownload PDFPDF: 206KB]

Last update 03 December 2019