Background and Research Aims

The safety culture of Australian shipping operations will be examined in a world-leading collaborative research project between The University of Western Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the University of Queensland.

This 3 year project funded by the Australian Research Council and AMSA will examine causes at the country, organisation, vessel, and seafarer level. The aim is to determine how to improve safety and prevent accidents and incidents on board ships. Data will be collected longitudinally to identify the factors that have the strongest impact on safety, and the mechanisms through which these factors exert their effects.

Until now, most research into transport safety culture has been in aviation, compared with only a handful of studies of maritime safety culture done internationally.

AMSA Ship Safety Division general manager, Allan Schwartz said:

“This project will make a significant contribution to progress maritime safety in general by providing a better understanding of the issues surrounding safety culture in the industry”

The results of this research will be used to provide recommendations to the Australian Government and the International Maritime Organization about how to improve safety related outcomes through training, work design and practices, procedures, policies, and regulations.

Research project ongoing.

How will this Research be Conducted?

  • Data will be collected using online surveys administred periodically every 6 months, over a three year period.
  • Data collection will occure at four distinct levels: regulators, ship owner/operating companies, ships or vessels, and individual seafarers.


Prof. Andrew Neal (University of Queensland)
Prof. Mark Griffin
Dr. Daniela Andrei