SIA Organisational Update: "Good News" and Changes

Thursday, 4 June, 2009 - 10:00
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Dear SIA Members

This organisational update provides summary information on a number of “good news” developments and changes: 

1.                   New SIA Strategic Partners – CSIRO and Cancer Council Australia

To assist the SIA to more effectively promote and raise the profile of health and safety and in particular, preventative health and safety and continuous improvement, formal arrangements have been proudly established with the following key national and international strategic partners, under enabling categories such as: Standards; Research & Development; Investigation; Industry Sectors; Youth – Injury Prevention; Major Events; Science; Health; Management; and National and International Harmonisation.  

o        Australian Exhibition & Conferences (AEC); Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB); Aviation Safety Foundation Australasia (ASFA); Congress of Occupational Safety and Health Association Presidents (COSHAP); International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO); KIDS Foundation; Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC); and Standards Australia.

I am delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Cancer Council Australia have agreed to become our newest strategic partners under the enabling categories of “science” and “health”.

This level of mutual cooperation is aimed at encouraging and facilitating co-ordinated and co-operative arrangements to ensure that appropriate input is available, where required, to foster the identification of research & development and education / training requirements and opportunities, and the procurement of funding to support the development of appropriate standards and countermeasures.

2.                   Fellows Investiture Ceremony, Government House, Canberra – confirmed 28 October 2009

After many months of liaison with Government House, including through the change of Governor-Generals late last year, I am pleased to confirm that our Patron, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, has kindly agreed to host a Fellows Investiture Ceremony at Government House, Canberra, on Wednesday 28 October 2009. I have commenced liaison with Dr Geoff Dell CFSIA, Dean College of Fellows and the CEO, about arrangements for this ceremony.

This will be a very busy week for the Institute, with the 2009 SIA/AEC Safety Show & Conference planned to be conducted at the Sydney Showgrounds from 27-29 October and the SIA National Annual General Meeting proposed, subject to NBOM approval, for 27 October. It will also be coincide with Safe Work Australia week and other major events, such as the Worksafe NSW and WorkSafe VIC awards functions in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

3.                   Expression of Interest (EOI) for the SIA’s eNewsletter, Magazine and Journal – responses under consideration

A comprehensive EOI for the provision of editorial, design, printing and distribution services for the SIA’s eNewsletter, Magazine and Journal was distributed early last month. An Evaluation Committee is currently considering the responses received and the SIA National Board of Management (NBOM) will consider the committee’s recommendations next week.

A member survey of our eNewsletter capability was conducted last year and resulted in the NBOM agreeing to examine future options. In the meantime, Crowther-Blayne and Associates Pty Ltd, the publisher of Australian Safety & Health Matters, decided to withdraw from its contract with the SIA. This prompted a decision to broaden the scope of the EOI under consideration to include the eNewsletter, Magazine and new peer reviewed scientific Journal.

In the meantime, the contract with Workplace Safety Services to produce the weekly eNewsletter “SafetyWeek” concluded and I again wish to sincerely thank Kevin Jones for his professional efforts over recent years.

Therefore, we won’t have a June issue of ASHM or alternative magazine, or eNewsletter until such time as the NBOM makes a decision on a preferred provider(s) and contractual arrangements are finalised together with production schedules for the eNewsletter, Magazine and Journal etc.  

I apologise for this inconvenience and seek your patience whilst this important matter is resolved as quickly as possible.      

4.                   “Find an OHS Professional” implemented – anticipated that all CPMSIA’ will be invited to join this register by mid June

This new SIA website feature was launched on 1 June and made available, in Phase 1, to SIA professional members who are accredited as Chartered Fellow (CFSIA) or Fellow (FSIA). At this stage, Darren Press, SIA IT/Web Co-ordinator, is working closely with our website provider to manage the implementation of this new enhanced SIA website capability and member service. We thank those members who have provided constructive feedback that has assisted in identifying some minor teething problems that have now been corrected.

We anticipate, as Phase 2, that all members graded as Chartered Professional (CPMSIA) will be invited to join this register by mid June. For CFSIA, FSIA and soon CPMSIA’ this is an opt-out process, which requires each CFSIA, FSIA and CPMSIA to decide if they want to be featured for public viewing on this new website facility. The instructions sent last month to all CFSIA’ and FSIA’ and soon to all CPMSIA’ provide guidance on what to do to make your choice to opt-in or opt-out and to add additional details as required.     

5.         Staff Changes – National Office

Dachelle Newvine, SIA National Administrator is due to give birth to her first child in July and will leave the SIA next week. On behalf of all SIA members, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Dachelle for her professional efforts in this role and to extend our very best wishes to Dachelle and her husband Gary.

I also welcome the appointment of Jennifer Dickson as SIA Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator; and Alissa Sargeant as Member Services / National Administrator. Both Jennifer and Alissa have personal and professional qualities that will greatly assist with the role and functions of the office, the delivery of existing and new member services and in support of future directions of the Institute.  

The SIA National Office staff members are as follows:

  • Gary Lawson-Smith - Chief Executive Officer (full time); 
  • Jennifer Dickson - Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator (part time);
  • Darren Press - IT / Website Services Co-ordinator (part time); 
  • Danielle Laffey – Accountant / Bookkeeper (part time);
  • Nela Grace - Membership Services Co-ordinator (full time);
  • Alissa Sargeant - Membership Services/ National Administrator (part time); and  
  • Rachelle Bullock- National & Victoria Division Administrator (full time)

6.         Membership Renewals for Financial Year 2009/2010

Finally, a gentle reminder that it is renewal time and all members are requested to renew their membership for financial year (FY) 09/10 by 30 June 2009. If you need assistance please contact the SIA National Office on T: 03 8336 1995 or E: .


Barry Silburn CFSIA
SIA National President