The ATSB’s function is to improve safety and public confidence in the aviation, marine and rail modes of transport through excellence in:
Independent investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences;
Safety data recording, analysis and research;
Fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.
The ATSB is responsible for investigating accidents and other transport safety matters involving civil aviation, marine and rail operations in Australia that fall within Commonwealth jurisdiction, as well as participating in overseas investigations involving Australian registered aircraft and ships.
A primary concern is the safety of commercial transport, with particular regard to fare-paying passenger operations.