Transport safety

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

road saftey seminar

Road Safety Seminar

Monash University Accident Research Centre and the TAC will be conducting a seminar on "Innovative thinking in reducing road trauma".
Register your interest here

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

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."

Accident Research Centre News


Road Safety Management Leadership Program

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.

Further details can be found on the Leadership Program page.


Monash University Accident Research Centre

Current Research

ECIS - Enhanced Crash Investigation Study

ECIS Crash InvestigationThe Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) will examine more than 400 serious injury crashes in microscopic detail to gain an in-depth understanding of what causes such crashes.

The $8 million research initiative, will look at more than 5,000 pieces of individual information relating to each of the 400 crashes to determine the leading factors in how they occur and subsequent injuries.

Heavy Vehicle Crash Study

Truck Crash StudyDriver fatigue and sleepiness is considered to contribute up to 40% of truck crashes. A new study - from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) published in November 2014 in the journal, Traffic Injury Prevention – shows that performance-based per-kilometre or per-trip “piece-rate” payments encourage drivers to keep driving at the expense of sleep and rest breaks, maintenance or safety checks. The report – the first to link piece rate payments with fatigue and increased risk of accidents – also reveals a link between piece rate payments and amphetamine use

AEB - Autonomous Emergency Braking

Autonomous Emergency BrakingAn international review of motorcycle crashes has looked at whether autonomous emergency braking (AEB) could have mitigated the severity of injury as an indicator of whether the safety measure should be offered to motorcycle owners in the same way it is currently being offered to new car owners.



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.

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