Transport safety

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has led accident and safety research for over 25 years.

road saftey management leadership program

Leadership Program 2014

MIRI will be offering advanced training in road safety management and leadership in 2014. Please see the Road Safety Management Leadership Program page for more info

Occupational Driving

Occupational Driving

Dr Sharon Newnam has announced the launch of the Safe Behaviour in Occupational Driving & Safety Management for the Occupational Driver Programs

Transport Safety

Director profile

Professor Mark Stevenson
Director, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

"Most people perceive injuries or accidents as chance occurrences, but we know from scientific research that they have underlying causes and distributions like any other disease that can be studied and therefore prevented."


You can benefit from our experience and leadership in the field of injury prevention.

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Each year our staff produce reports on a broad range of topics across the spectrum of injury prevention.

Leading researchers


Professor Brian Fildes

Professor Max Cameron

Professor Ian Johnston

Professor Peter Vulcan

Assoc Prof Judith Charlton
Associate Director, Behavioural Safety Science
Graduate Studies Coordinator, MIRI

Assoc Prof Michael Fitzharris
Associate Director, Regulation and In-depth Crash Investigations

Professor Michael Lenne
Associate Director, Human Factors

Assoc Prof Stuart Newstead
Associate Director, Injury Analysis and Data

Dr Jennie Oxley
Associate Director, Regional Engagement

Tony Bliss
Global Road Safety Advisor

Monash University Accident Research Centre

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) was established in 1987 and is Australia's largest and most respected transport safety research centre. Our research, consultancy and training include safety across all modes of transport.

Since our founding we have developed research-based solutions that have led directly to making Australians safer - and have made us an acknowledged leader in the field. We are committed to the excellence of our research, the independence of our recommendations and the engagement we have with the communities we serve.

We have many clients both national and international, and have forged long-term relationships with a number of key stakeholders including VicRoads, the Transport Accident Commission, the Department of Justice, and Victoria Police.

Our work is conducted across six priority areas:

  • Behavioural science for transport safety
  • Global engagement
  • Human factors in transport systems
  • In-depth crash investigations and transport regulation
  • Statistical analysis and transport data systems
  • Traffic Engineering and Vehicle Safety

We have also established an ongoing research partnership with Western Australia's Curtin University. The Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre (C-MARC) is supported by the government of Western Australia. Our partnership ensures we provide research expertise specific to the states' needs.

Accident Research Centre News

Introducing a new road safety leadership initiative

MUARC in partnership with the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research and the Melbourne Business School launched an innovative Road Safety Management Leadership Program designed to develop and nurture the next generation of road safety leaders tasked with achieving improvements in road safety performance over the coming decades.

Through the program’s well-structured and intensive learning process, participants gained an in-depth understanding of:

  • the core elements of the road safety management system;
  • the scientific evidence base and technological innovations that underpin effective road safety interventions and related public policy challenges;
  • how to introduce effective change;
  • the personal qualities required to improve leadership capability; and
  • how to engage with and influence internal and external stakeholders to successfully address leadership challenges.

The inaugrial program was held in Melbourne in November 2012.  Further details can be found on the Leadership Program website.

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