Introduction to System Safety Engineering and Management

24-28 June 2024 Melbourne, VIC

The Australian Safety Critical Systems Association is presenting a 5-day course in Melbourne from 24-28 June, delivered by the University of York. The course will introduce the key concepts of system safety engineering and management.


All fees as listed above are in Australian Dollars and GST inclusive. For questions about registration, contact George Nikandros at

aSCSa, ACS Member $5000.00
All Others $5500.00

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Course Details


Over the last couple of decades technology has revolutionised engineering and engineering management practices. Essential services that our society depends upon rely on automation and increasingly complex safety critical systems. The level of complexity and innovation means that engineering professionals can no longer rely on standards to provide simple and prescriptive solutions to ensure that their systems and services are adequately safe. Ever increasing commercial pressures and global supply networks also mean that many organisations and engineers have to be aware of requirements of multiple standards ecosystems.

How do we effectively control technogenic safety risks? How do we assess the risk and make decisions about adequate levels of safety? How do we design that level of safety into our system and integrate this work into overall projects? How do we ensure that our systems continue to be safe through operational life in the context of changes to the systems, operational and even legal environment?

This course provides an overview of system safety as an engineering and management discipline. We present the fundamentals of the discipline along with some of the key techniques in safety engineering and assurance “toolbox”. From risk assessment and making decisions about safety risk to derivation of safety requirements and to production and maintenance of safety cases, the course covers safety engineering, assurance and management activities throughout the systems and services lifecycle from concept development and tendering through design and release into service as well as in-service life until ultimate disposal or termination of service.

Whilst drawing from the key concepts of industrial standards such as IEC 61508, ARP 4754/ARP4761, ISO 26262, and UK Mil Std 00-056, and using standards for illustration, the course is not concerned with compliance with any particular set of safety standards. Instead, we focus on the fundamentals of the underlying safety engineering and management discipline, making it possible for attendees to interpret requirements of the standards applicable to their industrial domain and to appreciate features of the standards in other domains.

Course Contents

The topics covered by the course include:

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, attendees will:


The course will delivered at the Rendezvous Hotel (328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC).