Event Details

Thursday, 17 October, 2019 - 10:00 to 17:00
Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


The Adelaide Zoo, Figtree Conference Facility
Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5000


AIHS Member Conference $180 + GST
AIHS Member Conference & Dinner $270 + GST
AIHS Corporate Member Conference $230 + GST
AIHS Corporate Member Conference & Dinner $320 + GST
Student Conference only $95 + GST

Non-Member Conference $380 + GST
Non-Member Conference & Join AIHS $330 + GST
Non-Member Conference/ Dinner/Join AIHS $420 + GST
Non-Member Conference & Dinner $470 + GST
Dinner Only $120 + GST

Non-Member Civil Contractors Federation SA $180 + GST


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



The AIHS SA Branch is pleased to announce the 2019 South Australia Safety Symposium: "Major developments in work health and safety regulation and practice" which will be held at the Adelaide Zoo on Thursday 17 October 2019.


Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM ACST (followed by conference dinner with drinks and canapes beforehand)
Venue: The Adelaide Zoo, Figtree Conference Facility, Frome Road, Adelaide SA 5000

Click here to view the full program 


10:00am       Delegate Registration & Morning Tea on arrival

10:30am       Welcome & Introduction: 
                     By Kym Bills: Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety College of Fellows and Chair of the Institute's SA Branch. 
Welcome, indigenous acknowledgement, housekeeping and overview of the day (don’t forget the focus of last year’s Symposium on mental health and psychosocial disease)

10:45am       The Regulator’s Focus
Presented by: Martyn Campbell: Safework SA CEO
The Regulator’s focus will provide an insight into current priorities and an update on the improvement program initiated in light of remarks by the SA Coroner and ICAC SA 

11:10am       The Institute’s Strategy & Priorities  
                      Presented by David Clarke: Australian Institute of Health & Safety CEO

11:35am       Decluttering Health & Safety
                     Presented by Andrew Barrett: Chief Connector, Safety on Tap

Everyone knows the things done 'in the name of health and safety' which have questionable, if not clearly absent, connection to actual health and safety outcomes. The accumulation of 'clutter' in health and safety not only effects the perception of health and safety by leaders and workers, it can have definitely negative impacts on health and safety outcomes.  With leaders, workers, and Regulators recognising this major issue, Andrew will walk attendees through the evidence-based process, challenges and opportunities of decluttering health and safety.

12:00pm       Panel: WHS Best Practice
                    Panel Chair: Kaye Smith, Principal Partner & Director EMA Legal
                Panel: Martyn Campbell, Andrew Barrett


12:30pm       Lunch

1:15pm         Contractor management: coordinating multiple WHS duty-holders: 
                      Presented by Luke Holland, Partner, Sparke Helmore
‘Contractor management – coordinating multiple WHS dutyholders’ will explore the issues with many duty holders that are typical on large worksites and were a concern cited in the Boland WHS review. Examples will be given from major construction and other projects.

1:40pm          Dust diseases & risk: an update focusing on silicosis: 
Presented by Glenn Farrell, Acting Director, Compliance and Enforcement SafeWork SA 
Dust diseases and risk: an update focusing on silicosis’ will outline regulatory concerns and data from around Australia on dust diseases such as asbestosis, black lung and increasingly silicosis and what is being done in response.

2:05pm          Lessons from Road Safety:
                       Presented by Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley: Director CASR, University of Adelaide
‘WHS lessons from road safety’ will update his 2013 paper to take into account recent data and research from road safety that is applicable in both work travel and more generally.

2:30pm          Latest Developments in Fatigue Management
                       Presented by Professor Drew DawsonDirector Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University 

2:55pm          Afternoon Tea

3:10pm          AI, Robotics & impacts on the future of WHS 
                       Presented by Antonio Piscitelli BD Manager SAGE Automation
‘AI, Robotics and the future of WHS’ will outline some of the major trends and opportunities worldwide in this fast-moving area and particular strengths in SA.

3:35pm          Applying AI and Robotics for Rapid asbestos Monitoring & Abatement: 
Presented by Graham Hartland, Founder Frontier Microscopy & SA Young Innovator of the Year 2018
‘Applying AI and Robotics for rapid asbestos monitoring and abatement’ will provide a case study showing how the application of innovative new technology developed in SA is making a major difference.

4:00pm          Student ‘Ignite’ OHS research summaries: 
                       Chaired by Professor Dino Pisaniello: Director - OEH Laboratory Adelaide University.
Student Ignite short research summaries session with Q&A

5:00pm           Chair’s Concluding Remarks & Close of Symposium

5:15pm          Pre Dinner drinks, Zoo WHS talk  
Zoo talk presented by: Ruth McEwin, Zoo Volunteer 

6:30pm          Symposium Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Hon. David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills at Government of South Australia​

9:00pm          Close