News release

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau asks Transportation Safety Board of Canada to review ATSB investigative processes

Gatineau, Quebec, 2 August 2013 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has been asked by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to provide an independent assessment of its aviation investigative processes, practices and methodologies.

The peer-review, announced today by TSB Chair Wendy Tadros and ATSB Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan will examine the application of investigation processes and methodologies in selected Australian aviation investigations.

“This is another example of positive collaboration with our international partners,” said Tadros. “We will provide an objective assessment of their process, and in turn, we can learn best practices about their investigation techniques. It’s a win-win exercise for both our organizations.”

The analysis will begin in August 2013 and is expected to continue until early spring 2014. The team will benchmark TSB investigation methodologies with the ATSB’s and compare them with international standards. A final report will be published and communicated to both Canadians and Australians.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca