Information for news media

Media standup

ATSB news and media statements

Read the ATSB’s media statements on our investigations and other transport safety related topics.

Note, in the first instance the ATSB will publish notifications and updates on new accident and incident investigations via our Twitter account - @atsbgovau

ATSB media contacts

Contacting the ATSB media team.

Email notification of ATSB reports

The ATSB does not maintain a single media distribution list, however, media may sign up to our report release subscriber email lists to be advised of new report releases as soon as they are published.

High-res images from ATSB investigations for media use

Clicking on images in our investigations webpages and media statements will typically open a higher-resolution version of that image, which media may save and use for publication. Unless otherwise noted, please credit the source as “ATSB”.

ATSB investigation procedures

The ATSB is not required to, and is not resourced to, investigate every aviation, rail and marine transport accident and incident. The ATSB is funded to undertake a finite number of investigations each year, and our primary focus is those investigations that have the potential to deliver the greatest public benefit through improvements to transport safety. Read more about the ATSB's investigation processes, and how we decide whether to investigate a transport safety occurrence.

Note the ATSB does not investigate accidents and incidents involving recreational, ultralight and other sports aviation aircraft, such as gyrocopters, hang gliders, paragliders and private hot air balloons. Accidents and incidents involving ultralight and recreational aviation aircraft, which are registered with and administered by Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus), are investigated by RAAus.

The ATSB does investigate accidents and incidents involving commercial hot air balloons carrying fare-paying passengers.