Transport and economic policy specialist, David Hourigan, has taken the helm at Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) as the newly appointed Director, Transport Safety. TSV is the State’s independent regulator of public transport and maritime safety.

Mr Hourigan has extensive experience in passenger transport and working at a senior level within government, particularly within the Departments of Transport, and Premier and Cabinet in Queensland.

During his career, Mr Hourigan has lead major policy programs, regulated industry sectors, and driven service delivery projects in consultation with the Federal Government, other state jurisdictions and the private sector. Some of his key roles include:

  • Deputy Director-General, Policy Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland
  • Executive Director, Economic Policy, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland
  • Executive Director, Passenger Transport Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland
  • Director, Transport Policy Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.

Mr Hourigan is keen to strengthen and improve bus, maritime and rail safety outcomes across the State. A key priority will be to consult and work collaboratively with key stakeholders, such as industry peak bodies, operators and businesses, government departments, national regulators, and customers of transport services, to ensure Victoria has a safe and efficient transport system that underpins the State’s economy.

“The whole community has an interest in the safety of our public transport and boating systems,” said Mr Hourigan.

“It is my primary role to seek the highest transport safety standards possible and to help stakeholders fulfil their legislative obligations as part of a shared responsibility for safety.”

Mr Hourigan succeeds Alan Osborne, who served as the Safety Director of TSV, and its predecessor organisation, Public Transport Safety Victoria, since 2006.