Event Details

Monday, 14 September, 2020 - 12:00 to Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 17:00
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


AIHS/ AIOH/ HFESA/NZISM Members - Full festival $195+GST
Non-member - Full festival $295+GST
AIHS/ AIOH/ HFESA Member - individual day only $75+GST 
Non-member - Individual day only $135+GST

** If you are under financial strain due to COVID-19 and are still interested in attending the conference please contact events@aihs.org.au 


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



The future of work has never been so uncertain. Continuing digital advancement, global political power shifts, and ongoing economic complexity means the world of work is dynamic and disrupted. What does this mean for health and safety outcomes? What are the health impacts of living and working in a ‘contactless society’? And how can health and safety people support their organisations, their clients and themselves in this continually changing environment?                         

On behalf of the AIHS ACT, New South Wales, Tasmanian and Victorian branches, we invite you to join us for the first virtual "SAFEfest 2020 - a Festival of Safety Ideas". This event will be delivered from Monday 14 to Friday 18 September 2020.

As many of us are busier than ever, the 'festival' will be spread across the entire week. Each day will see fantastic speakers share their ideas about the future of work, and what it means to them, to workplaces, and to communities. Our innovative ticketing offering also means that you can pick and choose when and what you want to watch and hear, to maximise the value to you and your role.

This years online conference looks at safety over all as a wicked problem, and explores a host of themes presented by more than 35 Industry thought leaders around topics such as:

  • Safety in Design
  • The Safety Professional
  • Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work
  • New technology and Digital/Cyber risks
  • Psychological Safety and Resilience
  • Legal and knowledge refresh

Event Details
Date:  Monday 14 September - Friday 18 September 
Time: Refer to the program for each day's schedule. 
Format: Online. A series of webinars. 
** If you are under financial strain due to COVID-19 and are still interested in attending the conference please contact events@aihs.org.au 

Conference Program:  Click here to download a PDF version of the Program


12:00      Grand Safety in Designs: Australian Construction Safety through a TV Lens
                Interview with Peter Maddison, Host, Grand Designs Australia
                [Safety in Design]

13:00      Safety as a Wicked Problem
                David Whitefield, People & Risk
                [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work]

14:00      Update on the Officers' Duty of Due Diligence
               Kate Curtain, Senior Associate, Employment and Labour, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
               [Legal and knowledge refresh]

16:00      Six things to consider when implementing wearable technology into your organisation
                Matthew Hart, Founder & CEO, Soter Analytics
                [New technology and Digital/Cyber risks]        

16:45       Panel Discussion: Inclusive workplaces in a digital world
                Sam Jackson, Partner, Sparke Helmore
                Matthew Hart, Founder & CEO, Soter Analytics
                Niromi Mullholland, ‎Chief Information Security Officer - ‎Campbell Arnott's
                Natasha Lam, Head of finance Automation, Blackbook AI
                Facilitator: Susan Halliday, Hallidays Business Insights     
                [New technology and Digital/Cyber risks]           


12:00      Managing Performance During COVID-19 Without Exposing Yourself to Bullying Claims
               David Dilger, Director, Edge Legal
               [Legal and knowledge refresh]

13:00     The importance of accessing the world's best evidence to address policy and other challenges
               Associate Professor Peter Bragge, Director of Health, Programs, BehaviourWorks Australia
              [Legal and knowledge refresh]

14:00      Organisational Resilience: What Breaks Us and Makes Us Stronger
               Alex McGrath, B. Eng, B.Comm, MIRSE
              [Psychological Safety and Resilience] 

16:00      Round Table Discussion: Employable Safety
               Andrew Barrett, Chief Connector, SafetyonTap
               [The Safety Professional]

17:00      Australian Institute of Health & Safety Annual General Meeting 2020
               Tune in to watch and listen to the 2020 AGM


12:00      The Influence of Safety in Design on Safety Outcomes
               Russell McMullan, General Manager - Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link (NZ)
               [Safety in Design]

13:00      The Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges for Older Workers
                Dr Colette Browning, School of Health, Federation University
                Associate Professor Danny Hills, Federation University
                [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work]

14:00      Simplicity in Safety Investigations
                Ian Long, Director, Raeda Consulting
                [Legal and knowledge refresh]

16:00      Occupational Violence and Aggression: What You Can do to Help Reduce the Risk
               Joanne Daley, Managing Director, Sterling Safety
               [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work]

16:45       Panel Discussion: Facing tomorrow's emerging risks, today
                Peta Miller, Peta Miller Consulting
                Joanne Daley, Managing Director, Sterling Safety
                Jim Kelly, Director Health and Safe Design, SafeWork NSW
                Facilitator: Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, and Director, FCW Lawyers 
                [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work] 


12:00      A Manifesto for Reality-Based Safety Science
                Drew Rae, Senior Lecturer, Griffith University Safety Science Innovation Lab
                [Safety in Design]

13:00      Critical Risk in 'Non-Critical' Workplaces
               Jamie Ross, Head of Zero Harm, Spotless
               [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work]

14:00      Using tech to manage safety from a distance.
               Cameron Stevens, Solutions Engineer, Realwear
               [New technology and Digital/Cyber risks]

16:00      You can have your cake and eat it too: Embracing paradox of safety as source progress in safety science
                Dr. Tristan Casey, Lecturer, Griffith University
                [Safety in Design]

16:35      AIHS Service Awards

16:45      Panel Discussion: Resilient Societies, Organisations and People
               Julie Gillespie, Mental Wellbeing Consultant
               Tristan Casey, Tristan Casey, Lecturer, Griffith University
               Traci Carse, Organisational Psychologist, Fire and Rescue NSW
               Facilitator: Genevive Hawkins, General Manager, Coles group insurance 
               [Psychological Safety and Resilience]


12:00      Psychological Safety - from Concept to Action
               Brock Bastian, Partner, Ethics Applied
               [Psychological Safety and Resilience] 

13:00      Baking it in, not bolting it on: the ethos of Safety by Design
               Greg Gebhart, Trainer, National E-Safety Commission
               [Safety in Design]

14:00      Influence of Economic Cycles on Safety Performance in Western Australia
               Tanya Jenke, General Manager, Cority Australia
               [Emerging Risks trends and changes to how we work]

16:00      An open Q&A session on improving Safety Professional Practice​
                Dave Provan, Managing Director, Forge Works
                [The Safety Professional]

16:45       Panel Discussion: So where to now for the safety profession?
                Anthony Gibbs, CEO, Sentis
                Wade Needham, Head of Safety Environment and Wellbeing, Serco Asia Pacific
                Dave Provan, Managing Director, Forge Works

                Facilitator: Melissa Pollock, Head of Life Safety, Scentre Group
                [The Safety Professional]