Transport Safety Victoria conducts and commissions research to support investigations, educational programs, compliance operations, and evidence-based operational policy.
A function of the Safety Director, under the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic), is to 'collect information and data about, and commission and sponsor research into, transport safety matters' (section 173 (1)(i)).
The collection of data and information pertaining to transport and boating safety matters, and the commissioning and sponsoring of related research projects are functions which are integral to the Safety Director's ability to proactively shape its risk management and regulatory strategies.
Research is available to download as a pdf or accessible Word document.
Boating behaviour report 2014
This report details findings of a quantitative and qualitative study which aimed to understand Victorian recreational boaters' behaviour and attitudes regarding safety, waterways and boating infrastructure – the first of its kind based on a survey of registered boat owners derived from registration data.
Paddle craft safety research 2016
Given the increase in the frequency and proportion of paddle craft involvement in recreational vessel fatalities and the paucity of evidence on the profile of contributing factors, Maritime Safety Victoria commissioned the Coroners Court of Victoria to conduct an analysis of the medico‐legal death investigation.
A market research study commissioned by MSV found that paddlers thought their activity was low risk and this attitude is at odds with the Coroners findings.