Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation

Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation

POSTGRADUATE

Deepen your knowledge on accident investigation and safety systems in an evolving multi-transport environment.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$35,520 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
TBC
Location:
Melbourne City
Online
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$35,520 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
TBC
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Safety is a common denominator across transport sectors to ensure lives are protected and damage to property is minimised.

Even so, incidents or accidents are inevitable, and as such, must be thoroughly investigated to determine why things went wrong and to put remedial actions in place. These investigations require experienced professionals with a good balance of both technical and managerial skills. The Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation is designed to address this need.

This qualification enables professionals working in transport safety-related roles across the transport sector to build the skills required to plan, manage and participate in the accident investigation process of air, rail and marine vehicles and associated systems.

A specialised postgraduate qualification in transport safety investigations will help develop knowledge about accident investigation principles, and will equip you with the skills and competencies relevant to a broad range of professionals across the transport sector, including operators, regulators and infrastructure managers.

Please note: this graduate certificate is not available for international students that hold or intend to hold an Australian student visa. In order to attend the face-to-face classes, international students will need to apply for other type of visas with study entitlements. Alternatively, international students who do not hold an Australian student visa may attend the courses online from overseas.

Details

Developed in consultation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the subjects undertaken in this graduate diploma are designed to give you both fundamental and advanced knowledge required to conduct or manage all phases of a transport accident investigation in the rail, marine and aviation sectors.

In the first part of this graduate diploma, you will build the fundamental knowledge required to conduct or manage a transport accident investigation, including:

  • underpinning regulations and procedures set forth by key stakeholders
  • human factors principles
  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS) considerations at the crash site
  • evidence collection (including cognitive interviewing)
  • evidence examination, and 
  • the analysis and elaboration of a final report.

Further into your study, you will have the opportunity to learn additional skills which will allow you to acquire a more comprehensive understanding of the investigation process and its contribution to the management of safety in rail, marine and air transport systems.

 Topics include:

  • the use of specialised engineering techniques for the forensic examination of the various forms of evidence (including structures, propulsion systems and data recording systems)
  • survivability and crashworthiness
  • investigation of accidents in complex settings, and 
  • safety management systems. 

You will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics that are key to the role of an accident investigator, enabling you to participate in the main phases of an incident or accident investigation process.

A number of teaching and learning approaches are used to develop your capabilities, including lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, class presentations, group discussion, student-led discussion and self-learning activities supported by an online learning management platform. This style of learning is designed to maximise your understanding of the curriculum content and skills, providing an environment where you can ask questions and seek feedback as well as contribute to class discussion with your peers. 

Classes will be offered in intensive mode over weekends or in week-long blocks. 

You are expected to be responsible for the completion of all out of class learning activities which may require extra reading of both library and online materials.

Some learning activities are structured from a problem-based learning perspective, where you may be in a small group or team, or work individually to apply knowledge to solve problems and examine case studies. This technique is designed to simulate the experiences you will encounter working as an accident investigator in a simulated environment.

Some subjects will include the use of a virtual reality model which will enable you to immerse yourself in a digital environment mimicking a crash site. You may also use laboratory equipment and/or practical demonstrations to complement theoretical concepts to be covered throughout the curriculum, and to provide you a hands-on experience of some resources and tools which you will need to use as an accident investigator. 

Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and may include class tests, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects, practical assignments or final exams.

The Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation has been developed in close collaboration with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to address a gap concerning the training of highly specialised accident investigation professionals in the aviation, rail and marine sectors.

The ATSB also makes available subject matter experts, and provides access to other resources during the delivery of the diploma to contribute to its continuous improvement.

The School of Engineering is formally linked to industry through its Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). The ATSB has a representation in the Industry Advisory Committee and maintains regular research and teaching collaborations with RMIT. 

Members of the IAC provide valuable input and are a major driver for change in the school's qualifications, particularly with regard to industry trends and future graduate capabilities.

Many of the staff teaching within this qualification are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experiences and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated.   

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

The face-to-face lectures in each subject in this qualification are scheduled in weeklong blocks, typically with a duration of 30 hours.

You are also expected to complete a range of self-learning activities available on a dedicated online learning management platform, incluidng pre-reading material (1 week prior to the intensive in each subject) and studying material and assessment tasks upon copmpletion of the intensive module (around 2-3 weeks).

To successfully complete this graduate diploma, you will be required to undertake seven core subjects that span investigation fundamentals and analysis, safety management systems, and contributing human factors.

You will also choose one elective subject, the options for which include risk management, research methods in engineering, infrastruction, applied analytics and more.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation
Program code: GD208

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation
City Campus
1 year full-time or 2 years part time
GD208
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time or 2 years part time
Plan code
GD208
CRICOS

Career

As a graduate from this qualification, you will have knowledge to enable you working on transport safety related roles across the transport sector, including planning, managing and participating in the accident investigation process of air, rail and marine vehicles and associated systems.

The skills and competencies provided by this graduate diploma are relevant to a broad range of professionals across the transport sector, including operators, regulators and infrastructure managers.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

  • Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation, Mechanical/Automotive Engineering, Naval Engineering or cognate area);

OR

  • 3 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience in an Accident Investigation and/or Safety Management Systems role, including at least 1 year at manager level;

OR

  • 5 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience in the transport sector (aviation, road or maritime).

*Relevant work experience is considered to be in a role related to Accident Investigation and/or Safety Management Systems. In some cases, it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants who wish to have work experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from their employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken. The number of years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.

International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

  • Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation, Mechanical/Automotive Engineering, Naval Engineering or cognate area);

OR

  • 3 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience in an Accident Investigation and/or Safety Management Systems role, including at least 1 year at manager level;

OR

  • 5 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience in the transport sector (aviation, road or maritime).

Applicants who wish to have work experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from their employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.

International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation (GC165) you may be eligible to undertake further studies by applying for the Graduate Diploma in Transport Safety Investigation (GD208).

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this masters degree, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate research programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$35,520.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022* is $315. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

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The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$35,520.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$35,520.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.