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In 2013 NSCA ran a series a breakfast forums around Australia to give members access to a local panel of regulator, legal, and work health and safety experts to explore and discuss members’ critical WHS concerns.  Check out past NSCA events below.

Adelaide Breakfast: New WHS Harmonised Laws

The NSCA held its first 2013 Breakfast Panel event in Adelaide on Wednesday 6 March. The 180 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including Juanita Lovatt, Director of Strategic Interventions Group at SafeWork SA, Luke Holland, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Ennio Bianchi, Principal – Risk Management at NSCA.

The new panel style event addressed the burning questions asked by local SA business owners and workers relating to the new harmonised WHS laws and offered participants the opportunity to ask the expert panel questions about their critical WHS concerns.

Key questions and topics covered included:

  • Transitional arrangement and deadlines
  • Obligations and definitions of an “officer”
  • Where small to medium business with limited time and resources can get help
  • Obligations across different states with different laws
  • Managing contractors
  • Major challenges in the practical applications of the legislation to date
  • Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
  • What “responsible officer” now means
  • How the approach to risk assessment has changed under the new WHS legislation

Meet our panel of experts

Juanita LovattJuanita Lovatt, Director of Strategic Interventions Group at SafeWork SA

Juanita has over 20 years’ experience in helping people understand how the law applies in their workplace or business. She has also conducted litigation, and managed consulting services to national clients. Juanita joined SafeWork SA in 2003, initially as in-house counsel, then overseeing the OHS and IR inspectorates, the advisory service, media and communications. She is now leading SafeWork SA’s engagement with industry.

Luke Holland Formal profile colourLuke Holland, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Luke is one of South Australia's leading experts in the areas of WHS and employment law. Currently, Luke advises clients on the operation of the Fair Work Act and the potential implications of the new work health and safety legislation. He provides pragmatic advice on how best to manage issues and deal with regulators, bearing in mind the challenges facing modern business.

E BianchiEnnio Bianchi, Principal - Risk Management at NSCA

Ennio has over 25 years experience within the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

Bernie Doyle - President Bernie Doyle - President at NSCA

Bernie Doyle’s first involvement with the NSCA was as a Director in the former South Australian Division in 1991. As President of the South Australian Board he was part of the working party that merged South Australia into a National body. He has been a Director ever since and is currently serving his second term as Chairman.

Melbourne Breakfast: Contractor Management – Who is Responsible?

The NSCA held its second successful 2013 Breakfast Forum in Melbourne on Wednesday 31 July.

190 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including Shane Gillard, Regional Director – North at WorkSafe Victoria, Chris Wighton, Senior Associate at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Ennio Bianchi, Principal – Risk Management at NSCA and facilitator Jasmine Doak, Director at NSCA.

The interactive forum style event addressed critical questions asked by local Melbourne business owners and workers relating to contractor management – best practice, legal responsibilities and pitfalls to avoid.

Key questions and topics covered included:

  • Obligations to workers and independent contractors
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Supervision of contractors
  • Major challenges of managing contractor compliance
  • Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
  • Safe work method statements
  • Defining what reasonably practicable looks like
  • Major shifts and trends in relevant case law decisions and appeals

The NSCA will host Breakfast Forums across all the major capital cities throughout 2013.  Information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Meet our panel of experts

Shane Gillard

Shane Gillard, Regional Director- North at WorkSafe Victoria

In a career spanning 18 years Shane has worked in engineering, training, management and leadership across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, logistics, construction, recruitment and labour hire. Shane is currently a Director with WorkSafe Victoria's Health & Safety Division with responsibility for Melbourne's northern and western suburbs, CBD and the Hume corridor. Together, this represents approximately one-half of Victoria’s workforce. While his team of inspectors helps employers and workers get home safety at the end of the day, they also work at building wider community awareness of the personal, commercial and social effects of not having safe workplaces.

Chris Wighton

Chris Wighton - Senior Associate at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Chris is a lawyer in the work health and safety team. He advises on risk management, compliance, investigations, enforcement and litigation as well as statutory interpretation in a broader context.  In addition to advising on work health and safety laws, Chris has particular expertise in transport safety regulation having previously worked as a senior lawyer for the Victorian transport safety regulator.

Ennio Bianchi

Ennio Bianchi - Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio has over 25 years' experience with the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

Jasmine Stringer - Director

Jasmine Doak - Director at National Safety Council of Australia

Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Fenner Dunlop (Australia) group of companies where she works across a wide range of legal, compliance and governance matters.

Sydney Breakfast: Contractor Management - Who is Responsible?

The NSCA held its third successful 2013 Breakfast Forum in Sydney on Thursday 22 August.

100+ guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including Peter Dunphy, Director – Operations Group, Safety, Return to Work and Support Division at WorkCover NSW, Paul Cutrone, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Ennio Bianchi, Principal – Risk Management at NSCA and facilitator Jasmine Doak, Director at NSCA.

The interactive forum style event addressed the critical issues facing local Sydney business owners and workers relating to contractor management – including best practice, legal responsibilities and pitfalls to avoid.

Key questions and topics included:

  • Obligations to workers and independent contractors
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Supervision of contractors
  • Major challenges of managing contractor compliance
  • Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
  • Defining what reasonably practicable looks like
  • Major shifts and trends in relevant case law decisions and appeals

The NSCA will host Breakfast Forums across all the major capital cities throughout 2013.  Information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Meet our panel of experts

Paul Cutrone

Paul Cutrone - Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Paul is a key advisor in the area of work health and safety (WHS) law, with more than 18 years' experience. He advises both private and public sector clients regarding the management of contractor WHS legal risks and strategies for managing those risks. Paul's clients span a number of industries including energy and resources, emergency services, transport, construction, manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods.

Peter Dunphy

Peter Dunphy - Director Operations Group

Peter Dunphy is the Operations Director and Assistant General Manager of the Work Health and Safety Division. Peter brings to the role over 20 years of experience and service to industry, workers and the NSW community in the control of work health and safety hazards. Peter is the Chair of WorkCover’s Demolition and Asbestos Consultative Committee and the Chair of the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities Working Group. He is also the Select Council on Workplace Relations representative on the Council of Australian Governments Standing Committee on Chemicals. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health and Pollution), a Master of Public Policy (Honours) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Ennio Bianchi

Ennio Bianchi - Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio has over 25 years' experience with the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

Jasmine Stringer - Director

Jasmine Doak - Director at National Safety Council of Australia

Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Fenner Dunlop (Australia) group of companies where she works across a wide range of legal, compliance and governance matters.

Brisbane Breakfast: Managing Workplace Bullying

The NSCA held its fourth successful 2013 Breakfast Forum in Brisbane on Wednesday 28 August.

100+ guests made the most of the unique opportunity to get direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including the WHS Regulator’s perspective from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, legal advice from Sparke Helmore Lawyers and specialist risk management advice from NSCA, facilitated by Jasmine Doak, Director at NSCA.

The interactive forum style event addressed the critical issues facing QLD business owners and workers, clarifying what is, and is not, workplace bullying, preventing and responding to bullying allegations, and providing practical advice and solutions on investigating, managing and resolving workplace bullying.

Key questions and topics included:

• Workplace bullying and the Work Health and Safety Legislation
• What is, and what is not, workplace bullying
• PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) responsibilities
• Risk management strategies to prevent and respond to workplace bullying
• Workplace bullying in work/social situations

The NSCA is hosting Breakfast Forums across all the major capital cities throughout 2013. Information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Meet our panel of experts

Paul Goldsbrough,
Senior Director of Policy and Business Engagement at Office of Fair & Safe Work QLD
Paul has worked in the fields of work health and safety, workers’ compensation and rehabilitation for over 25 years for both the Federal and State governments. His current role involves development of workplace health and safety, electrical and workers’ compensation policy and legislation and includes involvement in a number of national working groups addressing specific aspects of the model WHS laws and workers’ compensation arrangements
Matthew Smith,
Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Matthew has 20 years’ experience and practices exclusively in regulatory, litigation and employment law. Matthew heads the Workplace group nationally leading a group of 40 practitioners. He acts for many of Australia’s blue chip public and private sector organisations and regularly assists these companies in understanding the principles of anti-bullying laws and the consequences of non-compliance.
Brigitte Hilton,
WHS Consultant at National Safety Council of Australia
A vibrant and passionate Health and Safety Professional with over 15 years’ experience in Health and Safety in both public and private sector industries such as domestic, rural and commercial sectors within the Agriculture, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Mining and pre-hospital care environments. Brigitte’s current role involves providing industry support to members and key stakeholders in the capacity of Education and Consultancy with all matters relating to work health and safety in a wide variety of environments in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Facilitator:
Jasmine Doak,
Director at NSCA
Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Fenner Dunlop (Australia) group of companies where she works across a wide range of legal, compliance and governance matters.

Canberra Breakfast: Contractor Management -Who's Responsible?

The NSCA held its fifth successful 2013 Breakfast Forum in Canberra on Wednesday 16 October.

Canberra business operators and workers received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers from WorkSafe ACT, Sparke Helmore Lawyers and NSCA risk management expert.

The interactive forum style event clarified legislative requirements, legal advice and discussion on solutions to contractor management challenges across a varied range of industries.

Key questions and topics included:

  •  The difference between monitoring and supervising contractors
  • Health and safety management systems for workers and contractors in remote areas
  • PCBU responsibilities in body corporate / strata group arrangements
  • Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
  • Defining what reasonably practicable looks like
  • Major shifts and trends in relevant case law decisions and appeals

Meet our panel of experts

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Paul Cutrone - National Head of Safety Law -Workplace at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Paul is a key advisor in the area of work health and safety (WHS) law, with more than 18 years' experience. He advises both private and public sector clients regarding the management of contractor WHS legal risks and strategies for managing those risks. Paul's clients span a number of industries including energy and resources, emergency services, transport, construction, manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods.

 

Ennio Bianchi

Ennio Bianchi - Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio has over 25 years' experience with the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

 

 

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Mark McCabe - ACT Work Safety Commissioner and Head of WorkSafe ACT

Mark McCabe’s influence in significant leadership roles with Comcare, the Chief Minister’s Department in the ACT Government and the Workplace Injury Performance unit within the Chief Minister’s Department’s Office of Industrial Relations has contributed greatly to work health and safety across ACT.  In February 2008 Mark was appointed as the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, a role he continues to hold along with his current appointment as the Head of WorkSafe ACT. Mark’s contribution to health and safety was recognised in 2012 when he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and again in 2013 when he was elected as a Board Member for the National Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

Jasmine Stringer - Director

Jasmine Doak - Director at National Safety Council of Australia

Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Fenner Dunlop (Australia) group of companies where she works across a wide range of legal, compliance and governance matters.

 

Hobart Breakfast: Contractor Management -Who's Responsible?

The NSCA held its final successful 2013 Breakfast Forum in Hobart on Wednesday 30 October. Hobart business operators and workers received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers from WorkSafe Tasmania, Sparke Helmore Lawyers and NSCA risk management expert. The interactive forum style event clarified legislative requirements, legal advice and discussion on solutions to contractor management challenges across a varied range of industries.

Key questions and topics included:

  • The difference between monitoring and supervising contractors
  • Health and safety management systems for workers and contractors in remote areas
  • Workers compensation, injury management and suitable duties
  • Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
  • Major shifts and trends in relevant case law decisions and appeals

Meet our panel of experts

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Chris Wighton  - Senior Associate at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Chris is a lawyer in the work health and safety team. He advises on risk management, compliance, investigations, enforcement and litigation as well as statutory interpretation in a broader context.  In addition to advising on work health and safety laws, Chris has particular expertise in transport safety regulation having previously worked as a senior lawyer for the Victorian transport safety regulator. 

 

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Andy Perry,  WHS Consultant at National Safety Council of Australia

Andy primarily assists in the provision of OHS/WHS technical consulting services due to an extensive heavy industry background. Andy also is a Senior Trainer within the organisation and assists in the preparation and delivery of Regulatory and industry approved training programs across Australia, as well as, providing awareness courses tailored to client or workforce needs.

Mark Smith_Worksafe TAS

Mark Smith, Senior Inspector of Mines at WorkSafe Tasmania

Mark has worked in the health and safety field for the past 39 years as a regulator with the offshore oil and gas, fire safety, construction and mining sectors specialising in safety management systems, incident investigations and auditing.  Mark is currently responsible for mine rescue and emergency response capability in mines and mineral processors.

 

 

Rod LethborgRod Lethborg  - Workplace Relations Policy at WorkSafe Tasmania

Rod Lethborg is currently the Assistant Director Workplace Relations Policy with WorkSafe Tasmania, responsible for development and consultation on new legislation and national policy issues. Rod has a long association with the Tasmanian workers compensation scheme including 15 years as the Principal Policy Adviser and represented Tasmania on national workers compensation forums and working groups. In 2009-10 Rod was a member of an expert working group established to develop the legal framework for the Asbestos-Related Diseases Compensation scheme. He is a current member of the Safe Work Australia, Strategic Issues Group on Workers Compensation and has been the Ministers representative on the Nominal Insurer since 2001.

Jasmine Stringer - Director

Jasmine Doak - Director at National Safety Council of Australia

Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Fenner Dunlop (Australia) group of companies where she works across a wide range of legal, compliance and governance matters.

 

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