The development of the Centre for Safety at the University of Western Australia as a focal point for a range of safety related activities in 2013 evolved based on both interest and a need identified by a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Within the university, Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) initiated a capability review that highlighted numerous strengths in teaching and research related to safety across many areas of the university.

Concurrently, representatives of industry were also seeking support to drive innovation and leadership to support safe workplaces in the resources sector, through the Energy and Minerals Institute at UWA.  The signing of a long term education partnership, between Rio Tinto and the University of Western Australia to develop safety learning and capacity provided further critical support.

The Centre therefore was established, with a core mandate to build further engagement between researchers, industry, and government to create innovation in safety.