SIA Inc Christmas Progress Update - 2010 & 2011

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 - 10:00
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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: 

  • SIA National Board of Management (NBOM) Members: (Sue Pilkington FSIA - National President; Tony Mitchell CPMSIA - National Vice President; Stephen Thomas CFSIA - National Secretary; Sue Bottrell CPMSIA - National Treasurer; Karen Wolfe CPMSIA - NSW Division National Representative; John Everett FSIA - ACT Division National Representative; Stuart Slade CPMSIA - TAS Division National Representative; Chad Pettitt CPMSIA - QLD/NT Division National Representative; Jim Toshach FSIA - SA Division National Representative; Jon Temby FSIA - VIC Division Inc National Representative; and Greg Stagbouer FSIA - WA Division National Representative).  
  • SIA NBOM non-voting members: (Neville Betts CFSIA - Acting Dean College of Fellows; Phil Lovelock CFSIA - SIA representative on INSHPO; Tim Cody - National Public Officer; Pam Pryor FSIA - OHS Education Chapter representative; Grant Mandragona FSIA - NBOM appointed; and Gary Lawson-Smith - CEO SIA).
  • SIA Division Presidents: (Karen Wolfe CPMSIA - NSW Division; David Randall FSIA - QLD/NT Division; Maggie Thomas CPMSIA - SA Division; John Everett FSIA - ACT Division; Cameron Montgomery FSIA - VIC Division Inc; Alan Meagher - WA Division; and Stuart Slade CPMSIA - TAS Division) 

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):  

  • Harmonisation of OHS Laws - Draft Model Work Health and Safety Regulations and Priority Model Codes of Practice;
  • SIA Ltd Corporate Restructure and Constitutional Redraft - "The Journey Starts with You" (Member Update No 1 distributed on 8 November);   
  • OHS Body of Knowledge development & implementation project, e.g. implementation issues such as Course Accreditation and Professional Certification; and 
  • Safety Indicators Project - developing a draft set of Guidelines for Evaluating and Reporting Occupational Injury and Disease (NSW Division & Sydney University).

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):

  • SIA College of Fellows: 2nd Dr Eric Wigglesworth AM ~ Memorial Lecture, the BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, 4 April; 
  • SIA/AEC: Safety In Action 2011 Conference and Trade Show, Melbourne Convention Centre & Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 5-7 April inclusive;
  • SIA QLD/NT Division: 2nd  NT OHS Conference, Darwin Casino, 19-20 May inclusive;
  • SIA/AEC: 2011 QLD Safety Show and Conference, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 21-23 June inclusive;
  • SIA QLD/NT Division: 19th Annual OHS Conference - Visions 2011 Conference, Cairns, 14-16 September; and
  • SIA/AEC: The Safety Show & Conference, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, 25-27 October inclusive.

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:

  • David Randall FSIA (QLD/NT) - Chair; Karen Wolfe CPMSIA (NSW); Dr Angelica Vecchio-Sadus CFSIA (College of Fellows); Lindsay Pritchard CPMSIA (VIC); Greg Stagbouer FSIA (WA); Nathan Winter (SA); David Skegg CFSIA (TAS); Peter (PJ) Fleming FSIA (ACT); Professor Mike Capra FSIA (OHS Education Chapter); Marie Kinsella (AEC); and Gary Lawson-Smith (National Office)

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:

  • OHS Professional - Issue date 15 March (material deadline 24 February); Issue date 15 June (material deadline 23 May); Issue date 15 September (material deadline 22 August); and Issue date 15 November (material deadline 21 October).
  • Journal of Health & Safety Research & Practice - Issue date 13 May (material deadline 27 April); Issue date 14 October (material deadline 27 September).

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