The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS), a not-for-profit organisation, was established in 2007 and is the peak body for motorsport safety and related research in Australia.

AIMSS works in conjunction with Motorsport Australia in an advisory role and is a research partner of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability to develop safety through research, education and industry liaison.

As a result of its partnership status with the FIA Institute, AIMSS works to disseminate safety breakthroughs, news and information from around the world to the Australian motorsport community.

Contributions to AIMSS helps keep Australia at the forefront of motorsport safety – benefiting Motorsport Australia members and licence holders at all levels.

Mission statement

Motorsport will always be one of the greatest and most exciting challenges for driver and machine. Reducing the risk of death and injury will not make it less so. In today’s society, not to manage this risk in a responsible manner is socially unacceptable and may, as it was 50 years ago, be a threat to the long term future of motor sport.

The mission of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety is to be;

The Institute founded by Motorsport Australia to;

  • Promote improvements in motorsport safety
  • Coordinate safety related programs of research and education and other safety initiatives
  • Promote the relationship between motorsport and road safety
  • Make representation to Government and other organisations on motorsport safety
  • The driving force for the improvement of safety in motorsport in Australia

AIMSS Objectives

The fundamental objectives of AIMSS are parallel to those of the FIA Institute, as a non regulatory body, to promote research into all aspects of motorsport safety, support the training of officials and race personnel, and monitor safety trends in order to identify research and regulation priorities.

AIMSS primary objectives are;

  • Lead the development of motorsport safety through research, education and industry liaison
  • Oversee non regulatory activities affecting motorsport safety in Australia including the protection of participants, officials and the public
  • Act in conjunction with Motorsport Australia and the FIA
  • To advise Federal and State Governments on best practice in motorsport safety
  • Provide a centre of excellence for specific areas of expertise in motorsport safety procedures that have been developed in Australia
  • Provide AIMSS members with a range of motorsport safety benefits
  • As a conduit for the members of AIMSS, including suppliers to the motorsport industry, to have access to Motorsport Australia services relevant to safety in motorsport
  • Investigate motorsport incidents in order to identify causal factors and outcomes, report to AIMSS members, the Board of Motorsport Australia and public authorities as appropriate
  • Collect and analyse statistic relevant to motorsport safety
  • Monitor safety trends and develop a program to counter any perception in the community that risks in motorsport are high compared to other sports, and respond areas of public concern
  • Develop and implement innovated AIMSS research and educational programs on safety procedure, practices and technologies and raise funds for such programs
  • Support the training of motorsport officials, such as rally, off road, circuit and race personnel in safety procedures and the use of equipment
  • Monitor the progress of FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety programs and manage the implementation of relevant results of these programs in Australian motorsport
  • Make representations to Motorsport Australia, where appropriate, that the results of safety research projects may be applied to the regulations of Australian motorsport
  • Promote public road safety in Australia

AIMSS Board of Directors

Chairman – Garry Connelly AM
Director – Dr Michelle Gatton
Director – Dr Matthew MacPartlin
Director – Sam Michael
Director – Kate Smailes
Director – Andrew Papadopoulos
Director – David Stuart



AIMSS Research Advisory Group

Chairman - Dr Michael Henderson MA, MB, BCH
Advisor - Tony Caldersmith Dip Eng (Aero)
Advisor - Robert Chadwick BEng (Mech) Hons, GradDipMgt, MSAE-E
Advisor - Dr Tom Gibson BE, MSC, PHD, CPENG
Advisor - Richard Hollway BEng (Mech) Hons
Advisor - Professor Rod Troutbeck BEng (Civil), MENGSCI, PHD, FIEAUST, MITE(US)
Director - Professor Jack McLean FTSE, BE, ME (ADELAIDE), MSC, PHD (HARVARD)