The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is Australia's national transport safety investigator.Established by the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act), the ATSB conducts its safety investigations in accordance with the provisions of the Act and with a focus on improving safety. Under the TSI Act, it is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or provide a means for determining liability in safety matters. The ATSB does not investigate for the purpose of taking administrative, regulatory or criminal action.

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

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

Our objectives

The ATSB will work actively with the aviation, marine and rail industries, as well as with transport regulators and governments at a state, national and international level, to improve transport safety standards for all Australians, particularly those travelling within Australia and overseas. Investigations and related activities seek to raise awareness of identified safety issues and to encourage stakeholders to implement actions to improve future safety.

Our principles

We approach our work in accordance with the five key principles intended to maintain trust in our organisation:Independence: we think for ourselvesEngagement: we work with othersRigour: we rely on evidenceInnovation: we are open to new ideasRelevance: we make a difference