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Brisbane Seminar – Major WHS reform – are you prepared?

Brisbane Seminar - Major WHS reform - are you prepared?


Major WHS reform – are you prepared?
The recently passed Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 introduces far reaching changes including the criminal offence of industrial manslaughter. Industrial manslaughter, which has come into effect as of the Act’s assent on 23 October, signals a move away from harmonisation. This may have significant nationwide ramifications for work health and safety.

Join Matthew Smith, Partner and head of Sparke Helmore’s Brisbane Workplace team, as he discusses post-election what the legislation means for businesses with operations in Queensland and its potential impact for other jurisdictions. In particular, he will look at:

  • the new offence and penalties, including a $10 million fine and maximum 20-year jail term
  • its focus on senior officers and board members
  • the return of Work Health and Safety Officers
  • due diligence, and
  • the end of harmonisation in Queensland.

Don’t miss out, make sure you register today for this informative seminar as spaces are limited.

Date Wednesday 13 December 2017 – SOLD OUT
Thursday 14 December 2017
Time 8:00am – 9:00am (Registration and a light breakfast from 7:30am)
Location Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Level 25
240 Queen Street
Brisbane QLD
Cost Free & exclusive to NSCA Foundation Members
A light breakfast is included in all registrations
RSVP by Friday 8 December 2017


Meet your facilitator


Matthew Smith
Matthew is a Partner and head of Sparke Helmore Lawyers' Brisbane Workplace team. 
Matthew advises corporate and government clients on compliance issues relating to industrial relations, safety and regulation and specialises in assisting clients resolve highly-sensitive issues in often acrimonious litigated matters. He regularly appears in industrial, employment, safety and discrimination matters before various state and federal courts and tribunals. Matthew is currently named on the Best Lawyers in Australia list for the Occupational Health and Safety category.

What he does
Matthew draws on his significant career experience as a highly trained industrial relations practitioner and advocate for industry and government, and as counsel in various courts and tribunals, to settle disputes in highly confrontational circumstances. He is skilled at resolving workplace issues and restoring relationships between unions, the workforce and regulators with minimal business disruption.

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