Victorian Safety Conference

Tuesday 29 August, 2017-Wednesday 30 August 2017

The SIA Victorian Branch is pleased to announce the 2017 Victorian Safety Conference: Safety Strategies Towards Efficient Productive Systems which will be held at Victoria University City Convention Centre from 29-30 August 2017.

The two day conference will showcase a diverse range of local and international thought leaders and will bring together professionals and practitioners with interests in health, safety and business excellence. In today’s competitive business world, now more than ever, safety professionals and practitioners are being challenged to justify their value in the broader organisational context.

Whether it’s in the private, educational, government or not-for-profit sectors, there is a growing focus on contributing towards gains in efficiency and productivity.

The 2017 conference theme: Safety S.T.E.P.S will provide delegates with practical, take-home strategies to add tangible value to their organisations’ systems and outcomes.

Event Details

Date:  Tuesday 29 –  Wednesday 30 August 2017

Victoria University City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

 Register your Attendance here

Standard Rates:

SIA Member - Two Day Conference                            $550 + GST
SIA Member - Conference & Dinner Package             $650 + GST
SIA Member - Wigglesworth Lecture & Dinner            $150 + GST
Non Member - Two Day Conference                           $650 + GST
Non Member - Conference & Dinner Package            $850 + GST
Non Member - Wigglesworth Lecture & Dinner           $220 + GST

Your Featured Speakers

Phil Bolton

Jennifer Jackson

Director, Jaxzyn

Innes Willox

Cheif Executive of AIGroup

Phill Bolton

Director, PwC

Conference Program  

Download the full program here

Day One - Tuesday 29 August 2017

8:15am to 8:55am

Delegate Registration

9:00am to 9:15am

Welcome & Introduction: David Clarke, CEO, Safety Institute of Australia

9:15am to 10:15am

The Future of Business in Australia – What Does it Mean for Safety Professionals
Presented by Innes Willox, Director, Australian Industry Group

The business landscape is changing and organisations and leaders are facing a world much different to that of the past. What will the Australian economic and business landscape look like in 10-20 years from now? What will the rapid economic growth and urbanisation in Asia and other developing nations mean for Australia? What will the changing demographics and an ageing population mean for industry? How will consumer and employer expectations influence how industry adjusts to this rapid environment?

These are all questions and issues which will influence the landscape of the Work Health & Safety Industry. An imperative to innovate, become more influential, outcomes and value focused and to be drivers of positive cultural and leadership transformation. This presentation will provide an insight into the future of industry in Australia and what the Work Health & Safety Industry needs to consider to evolve and adapt.

10:15am to 11:00am

Machine Learning in HSE
Presented by Phil Bolton, Director, PwC

There is a lot of confusion out there when it comes to Analytics: Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things ... what does it all mean, and how is it relevant to Safety? Through a detailed case study Phil will be myth-busting what these terms really mean as he explains how each of these were used on a recent project.

11:00am to 11:30am

 Morning Tea Break

11:30am to 12:15pm

Communicating to Decision-makers
Presented by Karen Wolfe, Executive Officer, ANSTO

Work, Health and Safety reporting needs to provide relevant, robust and timely information to inform decisions that influence ongoing business performance.

This session explores how to gather performance information to guide the decision-making within an organisation.

12:15pm to 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Risky Business: Strategies for Managing the Unsatisfactory Safety Performance of Your Employees
Presented by Sam Jackson and Brendan Charles, Spark Helmore Lawyers­­­­­­­­

Employees who breach fundamental safety standards and practices impact on an employer's obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Employers often ask what can be done to manage unsatisfactory safety performance in this context. The performance management process is just as important as the safety standards themselves. The process should be straight forward. However, recent experience has demonstrated that it is not. 

A discussion facilitated by the employment and safety experts in our Workplace team will explore the processes that you can use to manage unsatisfactory safety performance, review some recent case examples and share some tips and traps to be aware of when dealing with breaches of safety standards and practices.
This session aims to provide you with: 

  • Steps you can take in the event of an alleged safety breach by an employee.
  • An outline of best practice methods you can adopt to ensure employees are fully aware of the expectations regarding safety standards and behaviour and the potential consequences for non-compliance.
  • The opportunity to review and benchmark your current performance management process to identify potential risks and ways to mitigate them.

A forum to share your experiences, including your challenges and successes in managing safety breach scenarios

1:45pm to 2:35pm

Workshop 1: Thinking Preferences
Presented by Mario Machado, Director,  EHS Management Solutions

People are all wired differently and it is widely acknowledged that different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking. This presents a challenge for many safety professionals, as the role of a safety manager is complex. Safety managers need to be technical, people focused, strategic and operationally focused. So, how can safety professionals strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available in either a team or individually?

This workshop is aimed at providing attendees with an overview of ‘Thinking Preferences’ and how these thinking preferences influence how we function, your ability to understand others, communicate and influence in a meaningful way.

Workshop 2: Enabling Leadership - Moving from Heroes to Hosts

Presented by Marc McLaren

This Enabling Leadership Workshop will convey essential skills for safety leaders to enable better performance, based on an examination of the conditions that help people to perform. Enabling leadership is not about making great safety leaders - it is about enabling people to be successful.  

Through a combination of case studies and thought provoking exercises, attendees will learn:

  • how to unlock contributions and discretionary efforts of employees at all levels
  • how to better capture and use collective intelligence to create a learning organisation
  • how to adapt and evolve how work is done - continuously and in the wake of failures
  • how to enable great performance by providing solutions rather than constraints

2:35pm to 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea Break

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Workshop 3: Emotional Intelligence -  Leading as an Inside Job

Presented by Debra Burlington, Enhance Solutions

This fun and dynamic workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore ‘internal leadership’.

With the use of a powerful communication model, emotional intelligence will be examined in a way which will allow people to discover how to influence others, achieve their goals, build rapport and a host of other skills essential to effective leadership of self and others.

Often what gets in our way of what we want to achieve is… ourselves. This quick look at emotional intelligence will provide an opportunity to delve into our four essential powers and how to use them to make a difference.

Workshop 4:  Disrupting Safety: Using the Tools of Disruption to Deliver Resilience and Productivity

Presented by Kelvin Genn, Director Disruption, Art of Work

People don't come to work to be safe. They come to work to work. Safety can only thrive when it is an active partner with the objectives and success of the organisation as a whole. Unless we embrace organisational goals in the holistic sense, then safety may contribute to the failure of the organisation, rather than its ability to thrive and regenerate.

This workshop will use case studies from disruptive businesses to adapt the new way of thinking about work and delivering success to the way we inject safety into how work is done.

3:45pm to 4:15pm

Authority, Influence and the Role of the Safety Professional in Organizational Decision-Making
Presented by David Provan

4:15pm to 4:45pm

Panel Discussion: David Provan, Debra Burlington, Marc McClaren
Facilitated by:
Mario Machado

4:45pm to 4:50pm

Summary & Close

5:00pm to 6:00pm

SIA Annual General Meeting  Networking Drinks

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Networking Drinks

7:00pm to 10:30pm

SIA Wigglesworth Lecture & Education Awards Dinner

Keynote Presentation: Remote & Dangerous: Practical Tools for Increased Safety Leadership

Presented by Rachel Robertson

Antarctica is an isolated and inherently dangerous environment. Strangers are thrown together 24×7 and live cheek by jowl; there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Mental and physical safety is paramount, but so is the requirement to meet targets, be productive and efficient.

Rachael Robertson faced these challenges head-on with the team she was given. She created a culture characterised by respect and safety and now delivers her unique stories and tools to organisations that know personal resilience and an open culture are key factors for staff health and safety. Her presentation is memorable, full of hilarious stories and unique insights.

Day Two - Wednesday 30 August 2017

8:15am to 8:55am Delegate Registration
9:00am to 9:15am Welcome & Introduction: Cameron Montgomery, SIA Board of Directors
9:15am to 10:05am WorkSafe Victoria Strategy 2030: Creating Safer and Healthier Workplaces for all Victorians
Marnie Williams, Executive Director, Health and Safety at WorkSafe – Victoria
10:05am to 10:35am Morning Tea Break


10:35am to 11:05am

The Psychosocial and Physical OHS Experience of Independent Funeral Directors
Thesis Research: Presented by Denis Cauduro (Latrobe)

‘Breathtaking and Heartbreaking’ – a Review of Confined Spaces Incidents in Australian Agriculture
Thesis Research: Presented by Roz O’Donohue, (Federation University)   
11:05am to 11:35am Pilot Evaluation of  the Work Well Program: An Integrated Approach to Bringing Health Back into WHS
Thesis Research: Presented by Kristy Trudgett, Veolia (Latrobe)

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are so last Century!

Presented by Kieron Nicholls, Learning and Development Manager, Don KRC (George Weston Foods)

How do you ensure your people are safe on the shop floor and that they understand procedures, when you have multiple languages, people with learning difficulties and low literacy levels?  To add further complexity how do you engage or train the computer age worker?

11:35am to 12:15pm

The Stickman Project
Presented by: Ian Sutcliffe, Return to Work Inspectorate, Worksafe Victoria and Alison Gembarovski, Principal Ergonomist and Manager of the Human Factors and Ergonomics UnitWorkSafe Victoria

This presentation identifies the links between psychosocial factors and the development of psychological health outcomes.  The session will explore the role of OHS activities to demonstrate how  a lack of OHS activity can impact on risk, development of injury, return to work, workplace climate and culture and business productivity.

On Bended Knee: Marrying Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Workplace Injuries
Thesis Research Presented by John Whale, OHSE & Risk Compliance Manager, IKON Services Australia Pty Ltd

At the end of 2013, BAE Systems Maritime at their Williamstown site identified that the largest component of expenditure for injury management and lost time from worker’s compensation claims and rehabilitation costs, was associated with knee injuries. A consultative approach was used through a Zero Harm work group to investigate the main factors causing these injuries to develop interventions and best practice strategies to reduce injury rates. A number of organisational metrics have demonstrated the success of the interventions with a dramatic fall in lost time injuries (100%; from 10 to 0) and stabilising of injuries that require Medical Treatment. This has culminated in a dramatic reduction in Rehabilitation and workers compensation costs and a significant reduction in the rehabilitation premium.

12:15pm to 1:30pm Lunch Break


1:30pm to 2:00pm The Effect of Cushioning Materials on Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Fatigue During Prolonged Standing at Work: A Systematic Review.

Thesis Research:Presented by Gosia Speed (Latrobe)

Insights from OHS Intervention Projects
Presented by: Susanne Tepe and Students of the Graduate Diploma in OHS

As part of the Graduate Diploma in OHS, RMIT students do an OHS Intervention Project. These case studies are the synopses of the projects, focusing on stakeholder engagement and decision making. Action research was used to capture the non-linear, messy processes that accompany doing OHS projects in real workplaces.

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Ceased and Current Sit Stand Workstation Users: A Qualitative Evaluation of Ergonomics, Safety and Health Factors within a Workplace Setting.

Thesis Research: Presented by Brendan Henderson (Latrobe)

OHS Innovations & the Future of Safety: Reseach & Case Studies for Practical Implementation

Presented by David Broadhurst, CodeSafe Solutions and Helen Linguard, RMIT University

2:30pm to 3:15pm Ergonomics in Safety
Presented by: Ted Dohrmann, Dohrmann Consulting
Innovations in Safety
Presented by: Richard Coleman, CEO, The Interchange
3:15pm to 3:45pm Afternoon Tea Break
3:45pm to 4:45pm Simplifying Complexity
Presented by Jennifer Jackson, Director, Jaxzyn

Join as we set out stout-hearted to simplify the complicated relationship between complexity and simplicity. Not without purpose though — no, but to help leaders like you take inherently complicated issues, processes and information and transform them into easily digestible and engaging fare. This isn’t a manual for minimalism or dumbing down, howevs. No, you’re much, much better than that. Instead, we seek a process that celebrates complexity while making it seem simple. Devilishly difficult, yes — yet necessary for any who seek to set new standards. 
4:45pm to 5:00pm Summary & Close
5:00pm to 6:00pm Networking drinks

Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the Prospectus here for more information about becoming a sponsor of the 2017 Victorian Safety Symposium.