Event Details

Wednesday, 31 August, 2022 - 13:00 to 18:00
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
TAS Branch


RACV Hobart Hotel
154-156 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7000


Face-to-face AIHS Member ticket - $110+GST
Face-to-face Non-Member ticket - $190+GST

Online only AIHS Member one workshop- $40+GST
Online only Non-Member one workshop - $80+GST
Online only AIHS Member 4 workshops- $120+GST
Online only Non-Member 4 workshops - $240+GST


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


Networking Event

The Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) is proud to announce the return of SAFEfest for 2022: Future Proofing our profession

Our Victorian, New South Wales, Tasmania and ACT branches are combining to bring you a unique series of hybrid workshops which will be held across the country from August to November 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the events in person in the host cities, or by participating virtually.

As we continue to face a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, as health and safety professionals we must build our skills to be effective and competitive in the 21st century. We need to be resilient and ensure we are able to acknowledge and address climate change, geopolitical instability, changing political and economic settings, and evolving demographics in our ‘toolkit’ of knowledge. Our world is changing, and we must move with it into the future.

But what does this all mean for us? How can we ensure that we are equipped to ensure the ongoing value of our health & safety profession?

What are the next steps you must take in your health and safety career to ensure that you stay relevant to the demands and needs of the today's complex workplaces and their workers?

SAFEfest 2022 provides a range of practical workshops, keynote presentations, and cutting-edge ideas. These forward-thinking sessions will develop your health and safety knowledge, your networks and your mindset, to help you future proof your role and your career in health and safety into the future.


Workshop 1: Investigations & Beyond
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
Location: RACV Hobart

Workshop 2: Safety Innovations, taking a lens to traditional techniques
Date: Thursday 29 September 2022
Location: Sydney CBD

Workshop 3: Focusing on the “E”
Date: Thursday 20th October 2022
Location: Melbourne CBD

Workshop 4: Influencing Strategy
Wednesday 23rd November
Location: Canberra CBD

We have a variety of ticketing types available, which means you can pick between virtual and face-to-face attendance or a combination of both. Maximize the value to you and your role.

Please click here to download the program

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the this years event. If this is of interest, please contact the


Face-to-face AIHS Member ticket - $110+GST
Face-to-face Non-Member ticket - $190+GST

Online only AIHS Member one workshop- $40+GST
Online only Non-Member one workshop - $80+GST
Online only AIHS Member 4 workshops- $120+GST
Online only Non-Member 4 workshops - $240+GST


Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM (registrations begin 12:45PM)
Location: RACV Hobart, 154-156 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000

Workshop title: A practical approach to improve investigations and identify systemic organisational issues

About the workshop:

Nearly every organisation undertakes some form of incident investigation and most are struggling with delivering meaningful outcomes. This practical workshop will discuss that changing both “Why” and “How” we investigate can result in the discovery of systemic issues which allows organisations to achieve real risk reduction.

The workshop will learn how the importance of understanding how the systems and conditions of the work contribute to both the work’s success and failure. Participants will be shown an easy, practical investigation model, based on modern safety concepts, designed to discover the systemic risk which underlies the work. A generative questioning exercise will demonstrate how effective storytelling can be in developing an understanding of everyday work.


Your Facilitator: Mark Alston, Principal Facilitator for Investigations Differently

Mark Alston, the principal facilitator for Investigations Differently, has extensive experience in investigations commencing as a Federal Agent in the Australian Federal Police, responsible for investigating organised crime and large-scale drug and fraud offences.  Since then, Mark has worked for a diverse range of organisations including BHP, Rio Tinto, Macmahon Holdings, CQMS Razer, and Mitchell Services. Role responsibilities have included; incident investigations, risk management, safety and auditing.

Mark has utilised root cause analysis methods including TapRoot© and ICAM©, 5 Whys and Essential Factors to investigate workplace incidents over the past 10 years.  Throughout his career, Mark has developed and implemented systems of work to manage incident reporting and investigation requirements as well as the training of operational personnel and safety professionals in investigation methodology.



Incidents and Fatalities at our workplace / What to be aware of from both sides of the table

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
Time: 3:15PM - 6:00PM (networking drinks & nibbles included)
Location: RACV Hobart, 154-156 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000


Chief Coroner Olivia McTaggart

Olivia McTaggart was appointed as a magistrate and coroner in February 2005. Prior to this appointment she was an experienced civil and criminal lawyer in private practice and then at the Independent Bar.

In her practice as a civil lawyer Coroner McTaggart dealt, among other matters, with personal injuries, industrial accidents and medical negligence cases. As a Coroner, skills obtained in private practice have been utilized in her capacity as a Coroner investigating a wide array of deaths and holding inquests into various deaths. Coroner McTaggart presided over general Magistrate’s Court lists for a period of nine years and also undertook a significant work load as a Coroner during that period.

After a major review of the coronial system was undertaken in 2013 a decision was made to streamline the coronial jurisdiction in Tasmania.  Magistrate McTaggart was delegated the Chief Magistrate’s responsibilities under the Coroners Act 1995.  Coroner McTaggart has been in the role of Chief Coroner for the last 8 years undertaking full time coronial duties and managing the Division - including its direction and efficiency. The profile of the Coroners Court and its importance in death prevention has been enhanced since the Division has become a specialised court. Coroner McTaggart has made many recommendations in the areas of death prevention which have been implemented with success.

Coroner Simon Cooper

Magistrate Simon Cooper was appointed a magistrate in April 2013. Since then he has sat mainly as a full time coroner with responsibility for long term missing persons and deaths in a medico-legal setting. He has conducted several lengthy inquests including in relation to multiple fatalities arising out of quad bike use and deaths within the Tasmanian prison system.

Before his appointment he was variously head of the state town planning and environmental tribunal, an academic and a practitioner in private practice for many years.

Magistrate Cooper is a former President of the Tasmanian Bar Association and Chair of the state Parole Board. He has served on a number of state and national legal committees.

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor is an Partner in HWL Ebsworth's Hobart office, having joined the firm in March 2018. He specialises in workers compensation and work health and safety matters. In the work health and safety space, Luke works with employers and insurers across a range of WHS issues such as compliance, the management of major safety incidents and internal safety investigations, responding to investigations and prosecutions by statutory authorities, and coronial inquests.

In particular, Luke has been involved in a number of coronial inquests and investigations involving the mining and smelting industries in Tasmania. In October 2021, he acted as counsel assisting the coroner in the inquest into the death of a worker at the Savage River Mine in northwest Tasmania. Luke has also represented employers in prosecutions brought under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012, including a significant prosecution of a company which installed engineer stone benchtops and which had a number of employees diagnosed with silicosis due to workplace exposure to silica dust.

Luke is a national board member and state committee member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA), and is the national lead of AILA's Marketing & Promotion Portfolio. He also serves as Chair of the Law Society of Tasmania's Litigation Committee.