Dr. Geoff Dell, PhD., MAppSci, GradDipOHM, CFSIA, MISASI

Career objective is to achieve excellence in education, research and delivery of contemporary best-practice safety science solutions, investigations and analyses.

Career highlights include development of the globally unique Bachelor of Accident Forensics degree and Masters in Accident Investigation degree with specialisations in Aviation, Road, Rail and Industrial accident investigation at CQUniversity. The programs' development included creating the first genuine multi-modal forensic investigation teaching laboratory in the world.

Sought after by airline Boards and other high profile aviation industry organisations to provide independent oversight of operational safety governance arrangements and performance.

Received prestigious awards for contribution to safety science and the safety profession in Australia.

Elected to lead the safety professional association, the Safety Institute of Australia, as National President for nine years.

Inducted by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to lead the Australian safety profession's academic and technical safety science endeavours as Dean, College of Fellows, Safety Institute of Australia.

Academic appointments include Associate Professor, Head of Transport and Safety Science Courses at CQUniversity and Discipline Leader, Accident Forensics and Investigation CQUniversity. Formerly a member of the Senior Faculty, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Associate Professor/Senior Research Fellow at Monash University Accident Research Centre and member of the RMIT Aviation and Aerospace Industry Review Panel.

Member of the Editorial Boards of two international safety science journals; Journal of Safety and Health Research and Practice and the e-journal; Safety Science Monitor.

Presently supervising three Doctoral candidates, two Higher Degree Research Masters candidates and five Master of Safety Science course work minor thesis students at CQUniversity. There has also been twelve project completions since 2014, and currently working with five potential Higher Degree Research students preparing expressions of interest to commence research studies at CQUniversity.

Sought after by the television, radio and news media in Australia and overseas for expert opinion and comment on aviation, rail and road crashes, industrial accidents and related safety science. Since 2014, over fifty interviews have resulted in rebroadcast and republication into over 200 television, radio, newspaper and online news media in Australia and overseas including translation into multiple foreign languages.

An award winning and experienced researcher whose airline accident prevention research has been internationally recognised for its adoption by the global industry and its delivery of significant and lasting reductions in fatal accident frequency and severity.

Forty papers published in peer reviewed and refereed safety related journals and seventy seven invited technical presentations at aviation safety, rail safety, road safety, OHS, accident investigation and risk management conferences in Australia and overseas.

Leader of several hundred major accident and serious incident investigations in aviation and other industries for Governments, airlines and other industry organisations over 40 years.


Previously held many appointments to government panels and industry committees and Counsels related to aviation safety, OHS, accident investigation and risk management.

Previously held executive safety management positions in industry over the past 40 years which has included leadership of trans-disciplinary teams of staff with qualifications and experience allied to the delivery of effective safety programs, including occupational physicians, crash investigators, lawyers, ergonomists, sociologists, forensic scientists, psychologists, engineers and safety professionals.

Leader of more than one hundred risk analyses and safety system development projects for government and industry over 40 years.

Education includes a PhD (Airline Accident and Injury Prevention project), Master of Applied Science (Fatal Aircraft Pushback Accident Prevention project), Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management, all from the University of Ballarat (now Federation University), Aviation Safety Program Management short course qualifications from the University of Southern California and Air Safety Investigation short course qualifications from the former Australian Bureau of Air Safety Investigation.

Presently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education having completed the Nature of Learning and Teaching unit. Previously held VET Certificate IV in Training and Assessment now requiring upgrade.


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