SIA Organisational Progress Update

Monday, 6 July, 2009 - 10:00
Industry news

Dear SIA Members

This organisational progress update provides summary information on the latest developments, changes and news to advance the work of the SIA and the contribution of its members.

1. SIA Individual Membership total approaches 4,000

I am delighted to announce that the total individual membership of the Institute continues to increase at between 50-100 new members per month and has now passed 3,800. On behalf of the National Board of Management (NBOM), I again extend a warm welcome to all of our new members throughout Australia and overseas. They are vital to the future growth and prosperity of the SIA. Please note that most new members are joining via the SIA Website online facility.

2. New strategic partnerships "Mining & Resources" and "Management" formed

The SIA welcomes on board The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) as our newest Strategic Partners.

The AusIMM represents the interests of professionals associated in all facets of the mining, exploration and minerals processing industries. With a focus on "Enhancing Professional Excellence", The AusIMM has embarked upon an ongoing program of professional development to ensure our continued relevance to our members and the community. The AusIMM represents and supports a 9,000-strong membership base which is located in a network of Branches throughout the Asia Pacific region, and with a growing international member base.

The AusIMM was formed in 1893 (incorporated by Royal Charter in 1955) to advance science and engineering in the minerals industry, and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas to enhance the professional excellence of its members.

AIM is not-for-profit entity, which invests its annual surpluses in the creation of education products, alternative education distribution channels and learning support materials. The sole purpose of AIM is to promote the advancement of education and learning in the field of management and leadership for commerce, industry and government. Across Australia, AIM adds capacity to managers by providing opportunities to learn, develop know-how and better understand practical management. AIM do this through a range of services in business and management training, events and seminars, coaching, research and publications, supported by a specialist management bookshop and library services geared to graduate school education.

More than 25,000 managers at every level and over 5,000 businesses belong to the AIM Network. 

Like our other Strategic Partnerships, these formal relationships with AusIMM and AIM provide a significant opportunity for the SIA to grow its profile and influence OHS outcomes and standards across such important industry sectors.

3.      New SIA Diamond Corporate Partner                                                                          

We also welcome as a Diamond Corporate Partner, the John Holland Group, Australia's leading contracting, engineering and service provider with an employee base of over 5,500 people. John Holland is keen for this corporate partnership to assist in facilitating a more holistic approach to our (OHS) profession along the lines of more clear, established and disciplined paths and requirements to progress those paths.

The full listing of our current proud Strategic Partners and Corporate Partners can be viewed via the SIA Website Home Page These listings and other SIA attributes are, for example, being promoted by the NSW Division during a major international congress in Sydney this week.

Both types of partnerships provide major opportunities to leverage awareness for the SIA and to demonstrate the commitment of these organisations to helping the SIA reduce risks and prevent accidents through our Code of Ethics and joint programs. These partnerships also provide invaluable input into our Special Interest Groups, e.g. Building & Construction; and Mining & Resources.

4. SIA Fellows Investiture Ceremony - relocated to Admiralty House

Further to previous advice, Government House recently approved the move of this important ceremony from Government House, Canberra to Admiralty House, Kirribilli, Sydney. This private function will be hosted by our Patron, Her Excellency the Governor-General, between 1000-1100 on 28 October. Under the guidance of Dr Geoff Dell, Dean College of Fellows, David Skegg Registrar College of Fellows and me, a total of 60 participants comprising of SIA Fellows, Chartered Fellows or Honorary Fellows and their partners have accepted an invitation to attend.   

5. SIA Leading the Way Report and Working Papers

Earlier this year, a report entitled Leading the Way was presented to the SIA NBOM as part of an extensive review into the current Safety Institute of Australia brand. This draft review report also looked at the SIA's current business structure and operations to ensure key recommendations were underpinned by a whole of business approach that would help secure the future of the SIA and meet ongoing industry and membership needs.

In response to that report, the NBOM requested a number of comprehensive working papers to be prepared by members of the SIA in consultation with other members, the NBOM and the SIA Executive. The papers scoped out impacts and opportunities to support the NBOM in making several important decisions around our organisational structure, our core business and role, our business model, brand identity and future membership opportunities and improvements to support better high profile communications and national stakeholder engagement.

Further updates on the progress of these opportunities and the outcomes of the Leading the Way Report will be communicated to members over the coming months.  In the interim, a copy of the draft review report can be found in the 'SIA National Updates' section of the Members Only Area:
(Note: Members will need to login to access the report)

Many thanks to everyone who generously donated their time and expertise to support the working groups and for the caliber of the papers delivered. In particular, I would like to thank Cameron Montgomery, Gary Lawson-Smith, Tony Mitchell, P J Fleming, Phil Lovelock and Scott Puddy who led the groups and those members who provided their support. 

6.  Special Interest Groups - "Local Government" welcomed

The SIA has established a Local Government special interest group with the support of Jeff Phillips who is Risk Coordination Officer at the Manningham City Council. Jeff has been a strong champion behind the creation of the local government group and is already generating plenty of discussion on the SIA website. With over 700 local government bodies throughout Australia, the sector is an important player in the formation and delivery of OHS issues and standards. 

7.  SIA's National eNewsletter, Magazine and Journal - LexisNexis gets the green light!

Finally, as previously advised, LexisNexis Media is the NBOM-approved national publisher of the SIA's eNewsletter, Magazine and our new peer-reviewed Journal. The NBOM at a meeting on 7 August also agreed on new titles for these publications. 

A Services Agreement has been finalised with LexisNexis that will facilitate the following to occur:

(i) The 1st issue of our new eNewsletter "OHS Professional enews" will be distributed during the week commencing 7 September;

(ii) The 1st issue of our new magazine "OHS Professional" is scheduled to go to press on 15 October; and

(iii) The 1st issue of our new peer-reviewed scientific journal "Australian Safety Research" is scheduled to be published during the week commencing 26 October (that will include the Safety Show & Conference, Sydney Showground; the SIA Fellows Investiture Ceremony on 28 Oct; Safe Work Australia Week etc).

As a division of Reed Elsevier, one of the world's leading publishers and information providers, LexisNexis has a presence in more than 100 countries and extensive experience in a number of major industry publications including OHS specific magazines including Risk Management and HR Professionals.

These changes and new directions for our organisation are extremely gratifying and will ensure the longevity of the SIA as well as provide greater awareness for the SIA and its work as the peak body for OHS professionals. The opportunity to influence the OHS profession and lead the way through our initiatives and standards will play a significant part in setting the OHS agenda for both our profession and the wider Australian community.


Recent analysis of the member details showed that a large percentage of members have incorrect/incomplete address information in our Membership Database.

Members are reminded to update their information on the SIA web site, particularly if you have moved address or employer recently or changed email address or telephone or mobile numbers.
Firstly you should log-in via the page below using your user name (member number) and password:
On the Members Home Page, beneath your Profile, click on the link titled "Update my Details" to change your address and other contact information, including email.


Barry Silburn CFSIA
SIA National President