WHS Law Canberra agenda

Workplace Health & Safety Law Agenda

Canberra – Tuesday,  23 October 2018


08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Overview of the current WHS landscape: Where are we now and where are we heading?

  • Setting the scene – a brief overview of WHS regulation
  • Key issues and developments since the implementation of the model Work Health and Safety legislation
  • 2018 Review of the model Work Health and Safety laws
    • Terms of reference
    • Key themes emerging from consultation
    • Where to next?

Elissa Speight, Senior Associate, Ashurst


Ensuring compliance with WHS Legislation and associated regulations, Code of Practice

  • Identifying WHS legislations, duties and specific requirements employers are to complied with
  • Implementing legislative requirements through safety management system
  • Assessing your WHS legal and regulatory framework

Jill Close, Work Health and Safety Manager, Automotive Holdings Group

10.40 Morning Tea

Meeting WHS duties in contractor management

  • Exploring WHS obligations when engaging contractors
  • Weaving safety through each stage of the contractor relationship (procurement, engagement, works)
  • What about subcontractors?
  • Tips on discharging WHS duties
  • Update on cases about contractor management

Harriet Eager, Partner, Minter Ellison


Effective incident management and response

  • Understanding employers obligations when incident happens in the workplace
  • Taking steps to ensure effective initial response
  • Notifying safety incidents to regulators
  • Conducting incident investigations

Maxine Feletti, Partner, Sparke Helmore

12.40 Lunch

Preventing and responding to psychological injuries in the workplace

  • Exploring practical steps to manage psychological injuries in early stages
  • Improving capability and skills of front-line managers and supervisors in dealing with psychological health issues
  • Managing performance when the employee has mental health issues

Termination of employment with mental health issues


Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks


Inspiring employee and senior management buy-in and support

  • Fulfilling senior management and board members’ WHS obligations
  • Exploring strategies to get employees and management engaged with safety
  • Developing partnership with leadership for WHS initiatives
  • Assessing and reporting on WHS performance

William Ward, Special Counsel, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers


Afternoon tea


Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Delving into “reasonably practicable” to meet your health and safety duty

  • How is “reasonably practicable” defined?
  • Taking into account relevant matters to determine what is reasonably practicable
  • Determining what you are reasonably able to do
  • Exploring case law around reasonable practicable assessment

Andrew Douglas, Manging Principle, FCW Lawyers


Eliminating the risks of workplace bullying and harassment

  • Exploring employers’ legal obligation in managing workplace bullying and harassment
  • Identifying different forms of workplace bullying and harassment
  • Preventing workplace bullying from occurring and responding quickly
  • Taking reasonable management action

Kirsty Easdale, Associate,Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers

 17.00 End of conference