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Event Details

Thursday, 5 September, 2019 -
09:00 to 17:00
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


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


Standard (from 1 August 2019)
AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Member: (Conference)                   $350.00 + GST    
AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Member: (Conference & Dinner)    $450.00 + GST
AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Member: (Dinner)                          
$145.00 + GST

Non-Member (Conference)                                                $550.00 + GST
Non-Member (Conference & Dinner)                                 $650.00 + GST
Non-Member (Dinner)                                                        $195.00 + GST

Please note: Regional rates are available (AIHS Members only) living 100km from Melbourne. Regional rate are $100.00 of the AIHS Member rate.
To access this rate, please contact the AIHS on or call (03) 8336 1995.



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



The Victorian Branch Committee of the Australian Insitute of Health & Safety is pleased to announce the 2019 SIA Victorian Safety Symposium will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 5 September, this year’s event is titled ‘Mission Critical: Focusing on what matters’.


Date: Thursday 5 September 2019
Time: 9.00 am - 5:00pm
Venue: Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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*This project is subject to change

8:15am to 8:55am

Delegate Registration

8:55am to 9:00am

Welcome & Introduction 

9:00am to 9:20am

 A Vision for Health & Safety

Presented by: The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Safety

9:20am to 10:00am

Keynote: Avoiding Back to the Future – 10 Pathways to Death & Disaster
Presented by Emeritus Professor, Michael Quinlan, University of NSW

10:00am to 10:30am

Critical Risk from a Legal Perspective - Panel Discussion
Facilitated by: Cameron Montgomery, Executive Manager, Safety Risk & Compliance, City of Ballarat

Panel Members:
Catherine Dunlop, Partner,

Andrew Douglas, Workplace Lawyer Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers
Sam Jackson, Special Council, Sparke Helmore

10:30am to 11:00am

  Morning Tea Break

11:00am to 11:20am

Regulating Critical Risk
Presented by Kevin Hayes, 
Manager Earth Resources and Quarries Worksafe Victoria

11:20am to 11:40am

Investigating Critical Risk Incidents
Presented by Kym Bills, Chair, AIHS College of Fellows

11:40am to 12:20am

“Critical Risk – it’s focus and application”
Presented by Dr Gerard Ayers, OHS & E Manager, CMFEU

12:20pm to 1:20pm

 Lunch Break

1:20pm to 2:00pm

Critical Psychosocial Risk: Can they be controlled
Presented by Jess Cranswick, Senior Manager, EY

2:00pm to 2:40pm

Responding to Critical Risk Incidents
Presented by Andrew Douglas, Workplace Lawyer Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers and Graham Dent,  Principal, FCW Lawyers 

2:40pm to 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea Break

3:00pm to 3:30pm


Contractor Safe: Contractor Management & OHS Liability
Presented by Sue Bottrel, Director, SOS Safety and Legal/ ContractorSAFE

3:30pm to 4:00pm

Contractor Management and the Transition to ISO 45001
Presented by James McGuire, ISN

4:00pm to 4:30pm

Psychosocial Risk: Strategies for supporting players with mental health challenges
Presented by Dave Williams
, AFL Players' Association

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Summary & Close

5:00pm to 6:00pm

AIHS Annual General Meeting 

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Networking Drinks

7:00pm to 10:30pm

Conference Dinner


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Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2019 Victorian Safety Symposium. To find out more download the sponsorship prospectus or contact the