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Australian System Safety Conference 2021

Melbourne. 2nd - 4th June 2021

Conference Theme

"Complex Systems: Can We Keep It Safe Anymore?"


The Australian System Safety Conference (ASSC) is organised by the Australian Safety Critical Systems Association (aSCSa), a Special Interest Group of the Australian Computer Society. ​

The theme for the 2021 conference is “Complex Systems: Can We Keep It Safe Anymore?”. With systems becoming more integrated, networked, and complex – incorporating new/emerging technologies, automation, autonomy, and artificial intelligence – ‘system of systems’ challenges such as emergent behaviour, cybersecurity, and human factors become more prominent.

  • Are traditional Safety by Design programs and system review constructs sufficient?

  • How do we understand and analyse these complex systems and architectures?

  • How do we provide safety assurance for complex, emergent behaviour, and potentially adaptive systems?

  • How do we ensure cybersecurity and human factors issues are adequately assessed and integrated with the safety program?

The 2021 ASSC would like to examine and share the latest thinking on the state of the art and its fitness for purpose.

We invite research papers and project experience to present and engage.

Topics of Interest

The conference invites original and unpublished works that advance the state-of-the-art in safety and security considerations for the development and operation of safety and security critical systems. We are particularly interested in cross-industry and cross-pollenisation, and looking for papers in:

  • Medicine and health (medical devices, e-health systems, etc.)

  • Transport

  • Defence and Aviation

  • Telecommunications

  • Energy

  • Security

  • Resource and process industries

  • Emergency services.

Delegates have the option of submitting two types of papers:

  1. Refereed Papers by the conference program committee

  2. Industry Presentations/Papers (not subject to peer review)

Both types of papers are published on the conference website, and if sufficient papers are submitted, published in the Journal of Safety and Reliability Society.


  • Abstracts should be approximately 250 words.

  • For delegates who optionally submit a full paper - papers should be no more than 10 pages.

  • Paper submissions can be emailed to program "at"

Important Dates

  • Abstract: Fri 17th Jan 2021 (text, rtf, MS-Word or pdf) 

  • Submission: 27th Mar 2021 (rtf, MS-Word or pdf) 

  • Camera-ready copy: 22nd May 2021 (pdf only) 

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All fees as listed above are in AUS Dollars and GST inclusive.

For questions about registration, contact George Nikandros at secretary "at"

Conference registration fees (except as noted) includes attendance at all technical sessions on Tuesday & Wednesday, luncheons, special Tuesday evening event and entertainment, and the conference proceedings.



To be confirmed


 Technical Program 

Draft technical program will soon available. 



The conference will be held at Rendezvous Hotel at 328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC. 

Conference Venue

Dinner venue is to be confirmed.

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