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 reports are available to download as a PDF and accessible Word document where possible.

Boating safety campaign 2019-20

For the 2019-20 boating safety campaign, Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) built on the previous year's Prepare to survive messaging and introduced Boating Vic for the launch in November 2019.

Campaign calls to action:

  • Know the weather: Get Boating Vic
  • Practise getting back on
  • Carry a distress beacon
  • Lock in a buddy plan
  • Wear a lifejacket.

Although online promotion of the campaign was cut short so MSV could assist in sharing updates around the 2020 bushfire State of Disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic State of Emergency, a survey of 1,137 boaters and 307 paddlers in Victoria found that 96% of boaters and 89% of paddlers agreed the campaign message was important.

Hospitalisation data analysis 2017

In 2017, TSV engaged Monash University Accident Research Centre's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit to undertake an analysis of the nature, incidence and mechanism of certain transport related injuries to patients presenting to Victorian hospitals.

This data will help us identify those most at risk, and work with them to raise their awareness on how to stay safe.



Emergency department

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.

Paddling profile behaviourPaddling profile demographicPaddling profile fatalities

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.

Infographic presenting key data from the report

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