Event Details

Wednesday, 19 August, 2020 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Members - $20.00 +GST
Non-Members - $65.00 +GST


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



Join us on Wednesday 19 August for a webinar presentation titled: Why conduct Safety Upstream? This webinar will be presented by Tony Mitchell, Team Lead at ACT Advisory services, QinetiQ Australia

"Why Conduct Safety Upstream?"

‘The Conduct of Upstream Safety activities supports designated Officers of a PCBU to meet their WHS obligations and duties articulated under the various Commonwealth and State WHS legislation. Under the Commonwealth WHS Act (2011), Officers of a PCBU have obligations to identify and manage risk to workers and others in or around the workplace. There are specific duties and due diligence actions defined in Section 27 (4) and (5) that directly relate to Upstream and Downstream duties. Critical to the Upstream duties is the requirement to identify and eliminate all risks related to … plant and equipment and their support systems … so far as is reasonably practicable (SFARP), and if it is not possible to eliminate them then to minimise them SFARP. This Webinar discusses how Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) addresses its Upstream WHS due diligence obligations and associated activities, in the pre-acquisition phase (Pre-Gate 2) for the procurement of major plant and support systems as they equate to future defence capabilities. ‘


  • Understand upstream safety – as a core organisational change & risk management tool;
  • Understand upstream safety practises – how to manage safety risk in capability acquisition prior to an acquisition decision; and
  • Understand the benefits of conducting upstream safety.


Date: Wednesday 19 August 2020
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEST
Format: Webinar Format - Log in details will be emailed to registered attendees 1-2 days prior to the webinar. 
Cost: AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Members - $20.00 +GST
Non-Members - $65.00 +GST

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 2:00 pm AEST on Tueasday 18 August

This webinar will be recorded and distributed to paid registered attendees 3-4 days after the event.


Tony Mitchell, Team Lead, ACT Adviosry Services, QinetiQ Australia
Chair CPD Sub-Committee AIHS College of Fellows. ChOHSP practicing in Defence, mining, oil and gas, and logistics sectors for more than 20 years.

Mr Tony Mitchell is the Team Lead for QinetiQ Australia’s Advisory Services in the ACT. Tony’s team deliver safety, security and a broad range of project management and project support services for government and industry in the ACT. Tony is a long term AIHS member and Certified Professional OHS Generalist. He has served on several of the Institute’s Branches and safety conference committees, as well as the Board for a number of years. Tony is currently serving on the College of Fellows Executive as the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee.

Tony has extensive experience in OHS management spanning a diverse career of over 38 years in Defence and civil industry. As a safety practitioner he identified and managed OHS hazards and issues at tactical, operational and strategic levels. As a senior manager and safety professional he managed Defence’s WHSMS, represented regulatory compliance issues. In other corporate and consulting roles he has reviewed, designed and implemented corrective and preventive safety management system interventions applying effective change management. As a qualified HSEQ systems auditor he coordinated the Army Safety Advisory Service Audit Program delivery for a period, and later conducted audits for a broad range of industry sectors, including mining, construction and logistics. He is an ICAM Lead Investigator and has conducted numerous high potential incident investigations in the mining and logistics sectors. Some of his career highlights have included acting as the safety superintendent on a gold mine in Tanzania, and providing fabrication quality services in China.

Tony has extensive experience in design and implementation of WHS and risk management systems within Program/Project Management constructs. In one of his most previous roles, Tony lead the Future Systems Safety Team in Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). The Future System Safety Team has established and continues to improve the delivery of upstream safety services for CASG projects.