Safety Investigation – Principles and Analysis

Traditionally safety investigation courses have focused on fatal accident investigations that are better suited to national investigation agencies rather than aircraft operators, maintenance organisations and aviation support services. The safety occurrences faced more commonly are incidents that don’t necessarily have catastrophic outcomes on the day. When properly investigated and analysed, these incidents have the potential to facilitate proactive safety improvements within an organisation; without waiting for an accident to occur.

ASI’s Safety Investigation – Principles and Analysis workshop is unique because it equips participants with the knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively and consistently analyse operational incidents with a view to developing safety improvements within their organisation. The course specifically addresses the training needs of the ‘Internal Safety Investigation’ element of the Safety Management Systems required by Australia’s CAO 82.3, CAO 82.5 and the impending CASR 119.

This course is attended by CASA Safety System Inspectors and used to train Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia’s safety personnel and AirServices Australia investigators. It has also formed a basis for the training of Indonesia’s DGCA and Thailand’s air traffic service provider, AeroThai.

Specifically, the workshop addresses:

  • Investigation Oversight
  • Safety Reporting
  • Investigation Management
  • Managers, Systems and Risk
  • Information Collection
  • Interviewing
  • Information Evaluation
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Management Systems Analysis
  • Human Performance Analysis
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Safety Case and Bowtie Analysis
  • Safety Improvements
  • Investigation Outcomes and Reports
  • Practical Investigation Exercise

Enrolment Requirements

Participants must:

  • Be over the age of 18,
  • Be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts in English within a variety of contexts.
  • Be able to use and respond to spoken English language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.
  • Be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics.
  • Have experience in a management, supervisory or practitioner role within a safety critical industry or system.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for Professional Development Workshops.

Aviation Safety Institute reserves the right to decline your request to enrol if you do not meet the Entry Requirements.


The fee for the workshop in Australia is $2950 AUD per person (inclusive of GST).

Discounts apply for multiple participants from the same organisation on the same workshop. Please contact the ASI Customer Relations Manager [CLICK HERE] for details.

Full payment is required before attendance at the workshop.

In the event of withdrawal up to 28 days prior to workshop a refund of fees less $200 per person is available.

An invoice will be sent to the Billing Contact specified in your Application for Enrolment

Enrolment Management

Enrolment is available via various methods

  • If you are an organisation seeking enrolment for 4 or more participants [CLICK HERE]
    You will receive a discount for the multiple participants. We will send a quote, allowing you to generate a Purchase Order for our subsequent invoicing.
  • If there are 3 or fewer participants to register, please register individually [CLICK HERE],
    Alternatively, register through our Eventbrite system at

On receipt of the enrolment forms, the Enrolments Manager will ensure that you have

  •  Met the Entry Requirements
  •  Agreed to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for Professional Development Workshops
  •  Selected the correct training for your needs
  •  Completed all relevant information on the enrolment forms
  •  Paid the required fees

When these requirements are met your enrolment will be processed and confirmation emailed.


The workshop is conducted over four consecutive days

The workshop presents the topics in a logical sequence related to the progression of an investigation. After each topic, participants will be given the opportunity to practice their learning by conducting the relevant steps of an investigation exercise, which runs throughout the entire course. Participants learn through a balanced mix of instruction, interactive sessions and practical exercises.

The workshop provides the participant with the core knowledge and skills to be a productive investigator. It does not result in a formal qualification.

The workshop facilitators have extensive backgrounds in aviation safety management, and the workshop is supported by a text written specifically for it. It includes comprehensive references to enable participants to follow up on areas of interest

Workshop size is normally limited to 16 students.


Workshops will normally be completed in Sydney, Australia. If you would prefer to attend your workshop in another location, please register your interest [CLICK HERE]

If there is sufficient demand the workshop may be run at another location on different dates. However, until an alternative location is confirmed, plan on attending the workshop in Sydney.


We normally run this workshop on an ‘as needs’ basis about four times per year. ASI staff liaise with the people and organisations that have registered an interest, coordinating locations and dates that are the most suitable. 

Workshops with places available are detailed below, and you can enrol in these Workshops immediately.

If the ‘Workshops with Places Available’ are not suitable we can register your interest and then keep you updated – CLICK HERE

Future dates and locations are dependant on the needs of those that have registered an interest. Workshops are generally planned about 3 months ahead.



We can also run the workshop for organisations that want training ‘in-house’ and only for their organisations personnel

ASI can tailor this workshop specifically for your organisations needs. Your safety investigation team will be able to manage your Safety Management System requirements with greater effectiveness, combining an informed perspective of specific work requirements with improved investigative approaches.