Role statement - Transport Safety Victoria

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) supports the independent statutory office of the Director Transport Safety (Safety Director), which is the state’s safety regulator for bus and maritime. The primary object of the Safety Director is to seek the highest transport safety standards that are reasonably practicable consistent with the transport system vision statement and objectives under the Transport Integration Act 2010. The Safety Director administers bus and maritime safety legislation that promotes transport safety outcomes in Victoria.

As Victoria’s transport safety regulator, the Safety Director:

  • licences, certifies, registers and accredits operators and other industry participants
  • monitors transport operators’ and participants’ systems for managing safety risks
  • monitors compliance with transport safety legislation, and
  • takes enforcement action as appropriate to promote safety outcomes in Victoria.


Critical task alignment / activity source



Develop policy relating to the administration of transport safety legislation

1.1, 4.5


Provide information, guidance and education that promotes awareness and understanding of transport safety issues

1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 4.5


TSV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following maritime emergency (non SAR) mitigation activities:
●  legislation and enforcement (e.g. compulsory marine pilotage/exempt masters, Harbour master directions, safety duty (So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable) obligations of port manager, port operator, vessel operators, offshore facility operators etc.)

●  licensed, current and competent pilots

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


Control agency for maritime casualty non-search and rescue of all vessels in coastal waters excluding those in commercial and local port waters



Liaise with relevant agencies following incidents and accident, including, VicPol, Office of the Chief Investigator (Transport and Marine Safety Investigations), WorkSafe Victoria and DoT

3.2, 4.5


Provide advice and recommendations to the Minister for Ports and the Minister for Public Transport on transport safety matters

4.5, 4.6


Receive notifications of notifiable occurrences/incidents/accidents in bus and maritime

3.2, 4.4




For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.


Assurance and Learning


Collect, analyse and report on safety data and performance

4.4, 21.1, 21.2


Conduct safety audits of transport operators and determine compliance with safety requirements

4.4, 21.1


Investigate and report on transport safety matters



Investigate incidents and accidents for compliance with transport safety legislation and take enforcement action as appropriate

4.4, 21.1, 21.2, 21.3