Sydney WHS Law agenda

Workplace Health & Safety Law Agenda

Sydney – Tuesday 20 November 2018


08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

The 2018 Review of the model Work Health and Safety laws

  • The 2018 review offers the first opportunity to consider the effectiveness of the model WHS laws holistically (Act, Regulations and Codes) and across jurisdictions.  It also provides the opportunity to consider the WHS Regulators’ National Compliance and Enforcement policy.  Marie Boland is leading the 2018 review.  In her presentation, she will discuss her approach to the review, the process of public consultation and key themes/issues arising from the review.  

    • Background to the review 
    • The consultation process
    • Key issues emerging from the review
    • Where to from here?

Marie Boland, Independent Reviewer for Safe Work Australia


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

Lana Hogno, Director Health Safety and Wellbeing, Northern Sydney Local Health District

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

Nerida Jessup, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

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

Kate Curtain, Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


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

Alexandra Shields, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

 17.00 End of conference