Bus Safety Investigations

OTSI's Chief Investigator has the discretion to choose which transport safety occurrences OTSI will investigate. The Minister may also direct that an investigation takes place. In determining what to investigate, the Chief Investigator considers the following aspects:

All investigations performed by OTSI are solely for the purpose of identifying why an accident or incident happened and to make recommendations to prevent a similar occurrence happening in the future.

As a result of this objective, investigations are conducted within a 'just culture' that does not seek to apportion blame. However, if it is apparent that the safety occurrence was the direct result of a malicious act, then the matter will be passed to the appropriate regulator or enforcement agency.

As the investigation nears completion a draft investigation report will be circulated to all Directly Involved Parties for comment. The purpose of this consultation is to provide these parties with an opportunity to identify matters they believe warrant further consideration. The Chief Investigator will consider such matters but is not obliged to reflect them in the final report. The final report is forwarded to the Minister for Transport for tabling in both houses of the NSW Parliament. Shortly after tabling, the report is published below.

Investigation Reports

Date Location Description Status Report
30 June 2017 Valley Heights - 182 kb PDF Bus Fire In Progress Interim
28 June 2017 Oatley - 266 kb PDF Uncontrolled Movement of Bus / Passenger Injury In Progress Interim
9 June 2017 Campbelltown, Sydney - 182 kb PDF Runaway Bus MO 5086 In Progress Interim
8 May 2017 Holbrook, NSW - 192 kb PDF Bus Fire of Victorian Bus 1709 AO In Progress Interim
26 April 2017 Rocky Point, NSW Central Coast - 370 kb PDF School Child Fatality After Disembarking School Bus In Progress Interim
March 16 2017 North Sydney to Spit Junction - 4356 kb PDF Oil and Coolant Spill Complete Final
6 March 2017 Sawyers Gully - 319 kb PDF Bus Fire In Progress Interim
8 February 2017 Homebush Bay Drive Exit, Homebush, Sydney - 167 kb PDF Bus Fire Of TV 8308 In Progress Interim
2016 NSW - 602 kb PDF Bus Fires in NSW in 2016 - A Summary Complete Final
4 December 2016 Sydney Airport, Mascot - 191 kb PDF Bus Fire Of TV 5179 In Progress Interim
15 September 2016 Sydney Harbour Bridge - 2.3 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
8 August 2016 Locality of Coolagolite, South Coast, NSW - 4.84 Mb PDF School Child Fatality After Disembarking School Bus Complete Final
1 July 2016 Cammeray - 1.46 Mb PDF Bus Collision In Progress Interim
19 May 2016 Point Clare - 2.65 Mb PDF Unintentional Opening of Bus Rear Door Complete Final
28 April 2016 Dudley, Newcastle - 2.26 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
18 March 2016 Brocklesby - 2.9 Mb PDF Bus Rollover Complete Final
18 March 2016 Tamborine Mountain, QLD - 577 Kb PDF Loss of Control Complete Final
3 February 2016 Hurstville - 3.64 Mb PDF Unmanned/Uncontrolled Movement Resulting in Driver Fatality Complete Final
2015 NSW - 538 Kb PDF Bus Fires in NSW in 2015 - Summary Complete Final
19 May 2015 Ashfield - 1.39 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
1 April 2015 Mosman - 2 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
2014 NSW - 538 Kb PDF NSW Bus Fire in 2014 - Summary Complete Final
22 Oct 2014 Macquarie Park - 948 Kb PDF Bus Wheel Separation Complete Final
19 May 2014 Wangi Wangi - 357 Kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
3 April 2014 Ryde - 3 Mb PDF Malfunction of Articulated Bus Rear Door Complete Final
14 Jan 2014 Catherine Field - 1.4 Mb PDF Wheel Detached Complete Final
2013 NSW - 395Kb PDF NSW Bus Fires in 2013 - Summary Complete Final
1 Nov 2013 M2 North Rocks - 1 Mb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
30 Oct 2013 Brooklyn - 2 Mb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
1 Oct 2013 Frenchs Forest - 597 Kb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
10 Sept 2013 and 10 Nov 2013 Martins Creek and Beresfield - 2 Mb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
20 Aug and 26 Nov 2013 Nowra - 850 Kb PDF Passenger Injury Complete Final
19 June 2013 Bellimbopinni - 6 Mb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
14 Feb 2013 Marsfield - 999 kb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
4 Jan 2013 Tumblong - 877 kb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
2005 - 2012 NSW - 271 kb PDF Bus Fires in NSW Complete Final
16 Oct 2012 Darlinghurst - 671 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
07 Sept 2012 Kensington - 661 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
07 May 2012 North Bondi - 889 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
20 March 2012 Wodonga, Victoria - 793 kb PDF Coach Fire Complete Final
22 Feb 2012 Raymond Terrace - 1.28 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
13 Jan 2012 Nimbin - 652 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
16 Dec 2011 Mount Colah - 3 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
26 Sept 2011 Douglas Park - 965 kb PDF Coach Fire Complete Final
29 July 2011 Hillsdale - 847 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
11 June 2011 Jindabyne - 1.65 Mb PDF Coach Overturned Complete Final
22 March 2011 Cremorne - 707 kb PDF Bus fire Complete Final
21 Sept 2010 Greystanes - 570 kb PDF Fire Complete Final
15 Aug 2010 Pirron Yarrock, Vic. - 2 Mb PDF Rollover Complete Final
07 Aug 2010 Jindabyne - 1.2 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
06 July 2010 Gore Hill Freeway, Artarmon - 915 kb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
14 May 2010 Barrengarry Nature Reserve - 2.63 Mb PDF Fatal Coach Accident Complete Final
19 Mar 2010 Castle Hill - 425 kb PDF Unsecured Hatch Causes Injury Complete Final
08 Feb 10 Hume Hwy, Holbrook - 2.26 Mb PDF Bus Fire Complete Final
08 Feb 2010 Medowie - 1.14 Mb PDF Bus Wheel Separation Complete Final
05 Aug 2009 Ingleburn - 2.22 Mb PDF Pedestrian Fatality Complete Final
12 May 2009 Bossley Park - 1.46 Mb PDF Wheel Detached From Moving Bus Complete Final
12 Nov 2007 Parklea - 1.03 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
19-27 June 07 Various, NSW - 2.84 Mb PDF Accidents Complete Final
02 May 06 Kogarah - 682kb PDF Collision Complete Final
14 Nov 05 Spit Road, Mosman - 1.06 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
18 Nov 05 NSW - 829 kb PDF Overseas-Sourced Buses Complete Final
22 Feb 05 'Blind Spot' Buses - 891 kb PDF Systemic Complete Final
05 Sep 05 Jamberoo - 1.09 Mb PDF Accident Complete Final
25 Feb 05 Eastern Distributor Tunnel - 721 kb PDF Accident Complete Final
03 Mar 04 Woodpark - 759 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
08 Jun 04 Gosford - 364 kb PDF Sudden braking Complete Final