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ATSB recruits next generation of air crash investigators

written by Adam Thorn | June 23, 2023

An ATSB image of the Good Good C-130 Black Summer tragedy (ATSB)

The ATSB has launched a new recruitment drive to hire the next generation of air crash investigators.

The advert, which you can view here, states its ‘Aviation Transport Safety Investigators’ may be required to interview the families of those who have died or been seriously injured and will also need to maintain a good level of physical and mental fitness.

Successful candidates will be paid up to $125,000 but must have five years of experience working in the aviation sector.

The organisation is also seeking safety analysts and researchers, as well as those working in its marine and rail departments.

“These are unique opportunities to join a niche group of like-minded professionals dedicated to improving transport safety both domestically and internationally,” said COO Colin McNamara.


“For the transport safety investigator roles, we are seeking experienced transport professionals with aviation, rail and marine industry experience and a human factors expert.

“As investigators, you will lead your own investigations and support your colleagues on others, using your technical skills and industry knowledge to deploy to accident sites, collect and analyse evidence, and develop findings to help drive improvements in safety.”

McNamara said its transport safety investigators would receive on-the-job training, including completing a graduate qualification in transport safety investigation,

They will also follow a professional development pathway to progress through the specialist employment broadband to take on higher responsibilities and more complex/systemic investigations.

“We are looking for individuals who can undertake detailed analysis and propose solutions to complex safety concerns and produce statistical analysis reports and safety studies.”

Established in 1999, the ATSB is an independent government agency responsible for investigating and promoting safety in the transport sector of Australia.

The bureau operates under a no-blame philosophy, focusing on identifying and addressing systemic safety issues rather than assigning individual blame.

Its 100 staff are based in its Canberra head office and field offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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