Dear SIA Members,
As we rapidly approach Christmas we reflect on 2010 and ponder the year ahead, I believe that this year should be remembered as a year when the Institute achieved many positive outcomes (as outlined in the 2009-2010 SIA Ltd and Divisional Annual Reports), including successful events and continued membership growth. It has however, been a year when the Institute addressed some significant issues. We should not linger on these past issues, because, as you all know there are many challenges ahead. We need to be focused on positives and on making a difference in reducing the frequency and severity of injury and illness in Australian workplaces, and in the near future, in places wherever a business undertaking occurs. Please reflect on the following achievements and join me, the SIA Exec and NBOM, in making the biggest positive difference we can as a profession in 2011.
1. Membership Growth - At the end of November, the Institute had a total of exactly 3,700 members. This total comprised 48 Corporate Partners; 27 Life Members; 22 Honorary Members; and 3,493 members (VIC - 1057; NSW - 893; ACT - 77; QLD/NT - 941; WA - 476; SA - 187; and TAS - 69. It is particularly pleasing that a total of 108 and 110 new members joined during the months of October and November respectively.
2. New Strategic Partners - During this month, I am very pleased to announce that new Strategic Partnerships have been formally established with the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and the National Disability Services (NDS) under the enabling categories of "Road Safety" and "Disability Services". Agreement has also now been reached with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), to formalise a Strategic Partnership "Environment" during next month.
We are very proud of these new and existing strategic partnerships as they demonstrate the value of collaboration to assist in achieving much needed improvements in safety and OHS nationally.
3. New Corporate Partners - We are pleased to welcome the Victoria Police, People Safety Division; Safety Compliance Institute; and SafeTrain as new Corporate Partners. Corporate partners are very important to the Institute as they provide an opportunity for organisations to gain recognition and demonstrate their commitment to helping the SIA promote health and safety to the broader community. As such, corporate partnerships also assist the SIA in increasing its scope and influence, both within Australia and internationally.
4. National Board of Management (NBOM) members and Division Presidents - Following the conduct of all SIA Ltd AGMs (National AGM and seven Division AGMs) during the period 18 August to 24 November, please note the following listing of the NBOM members (voting and non-voting); and Divisional Presidents:
5. "Back to the Future" 2011 SIA Ltd Strategic and Operational Planning Activity - An invitation has been extended to all NBOM members and Division Presidents to participate in the first NBOM and strategic planning activity for the New NBOM. It will be hosted by the ACT Division in Canberra on 22-23 January inclusive.
6. Major initiatives in 2011 (member input is or will be invited):
7. Major Events planned for 2011 - The following major events are planned to be conducted during 2011, in most cases, in conjunction with our strategic partner and contract service provider Australian Exhibitions & Conferences (AEC):
Note: The Institute's SA Division is also seeking expressions of interest from potential sponsors and exhibitors regarding the possible conduct a major event in Adelaide late next year.
8. 2011 QLD Safety Conference and Show ~ national and international focus adopted - With the support of the QLD/NT Division Committee of Management (which is heavily committed next year with the planning and conduct of the Darwin and Cairns major events) an organising committee has been established for the 2011 QLD Safety Conference. It comprises, probably for the first time, representation from all Divisions, as well as the College of Fellows and the OHS Education Chapter. Importantly, a call for Papers for the 2011 QLD Safety Conference is on-schedule to be distributed within the next week. The members of this organising committee are as follows:
9. SIA Ltd National Publications ~ Schedule for 2011 : Please be advised that the 3rd issue of the Journal of Health & Safety Research & Practice is currently being distributed. Therefore, during 2010, four issues of OHS Professional and two issues of the Journal of Health & Safety Research & Practice were delivered. The eNewsletter "OHS Professional enews" has been distributed weekly.
The 2011 schedule for the Institute's magazine and journal will be as follows:
The weekly issue of OHS Professional enews will recommence in mid-January. I strongly encourage all members to consider submitting articles, large or small, in 2011.
10. 2011 SIA Fellows Investiture Ceremony - The Exec is hopeful that when the Governor-General's program of commitments for 2011 is developed that favourable consideration might be given to a 2011 SIA Fellows Investiture Ceremony being conducted, either at Government House, Canberra, or at Admiralty House, Sydney.
11. SIA National Office closure during Christmas - Please note that the National Office will be closed from midday on Thursday 23 December 2010 until Tuesday 4 January 2011.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of our absent President, the National Board of Management, and our National Office staff to wish you all and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Tony Mitchell, CPMSIA
Acting National President
Safety Institute of Australia Ltd