Alertness CRC

Improved technologies and regulation have led to better safety systems and work practices, but these have not directly addressed the remaining key determinant of safety and productivity - human performance.

Performance is reduced when alertness is impaired.  Poor alertness is endemic in modern society due to the combined effects of inadequate sleep and untreated sleep disorders.

Many shiftworkers including long distance drivers, health care, emergency service and mining industry workers and others in safety critical roles are at risk of impaired alertness due to sleep loss or disruption.

Poor alertness has widespread effects on core brain functions: reaction time, decision making, information processing and the ability to maintain attention. 

Almost 10,000 serious workplace injuries and more than 25,000 serious injuries from road crashes are caused by poor alertness each year.

Poor performance, accidents and injuries due to reduced alertness are preventable.

The Alertness CRC will begin a new era in alertness management by driving evidence based changes in

  • Behaviour
  • Work practices
  • Policy
  • Legislation
  • Community responses to the 24/7 lifestyle

Participate in our insomnia research.

Do you have insomnia? Difficulty falling or staying asleep? 

Then we invite you to participate in a research study. To be involved you need to complete a 45 minute questionnaire asking about your sleep, health and lifestyle. 

Depending on your answers, you may be invited to participate in a two night sleep study in Sydney.

To register and complete the questionnaire, go to

Industry collaborations welcomed

The Alertness CRC mission is to promote the prevention and control of sleep loss, impaired alertness and sleep disorders. To do so, it is developing new tools and products to improve alertness for individuals and across organisations.

To help develop research projects customised to each workplace the Alertness CRC is seeking ‘research translation partnerships’ with safety critical industry collaborators.

Our data collection capabilities and access to new systems and tools provide opportunities for targetted, cost effective initiatives in mining, road transport, aviation, rail, and maritime sectors.