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The Safety in Action Conference

The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders.

29-30 September 2021 | Royal Randwick Racecourse

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The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders. As the premier conference of the year, the Safety in Action Conference brings together Safety leaders in the health and safety profession, to encourage global involvement and networking across the two days.

We will examine the regulatory landscape, showcase the latest research findings from the sector’s most critical of thinkers, and provide insight, analysis and focus for safety professionals faced with safeguarding the post-COVID-19 workplace.

This event will run in addition to the Safety in Action large-scale exhibition and seminar series over 29-30 September 2021.

Check out our 2019 Safety in Action highlights video


Ian Firth

State Inspector, SafeWork NSW

Dianah Brown

Assistant Director Psychosocial and Consultation Policy, Safe Work Australia

Jillian Hamilton

Managing Director, Manage Damage

Wade Needham

General Manager – EH&S, Australasia, Fresh Country Farms of Australia

Jen Jackson

CEO, Everyday Massive

Carli Phillips

Wellbeing Lead Australia & New Zealand, Johnson & Johnson

Noni Byron

Managing Director, Prestige Health Services Australia

Gift Musiwa

WHS Manager & After-Hours Manager, Lakeview Private Hospital

Katherine Morris

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Derek R. Brookes

Director, Relational Approaches

Alena Titterton

Partner, Clyde & Co

Ian Simpson

Head, Health Safety & Wellbeing, People & Culture, ABC

Kylie Fraser

Head of Workplace Safety, McDonald’s

Maddi Bailes

Client Engagement Manager, icare

Patrizia Cassaniti

Safety Advocate, Let’s talk about Safety

The Hon. Adam Searle MLC

NSW Shadow Minister for Indusrial Relations

Jay Lewis

Assistant State Inspector Ergonomics, SafeWork NSW


8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  • People at Work is a collaboration between the health and safety regulators of Australia. A multi-jurisdictional tool, it is Australia’s only validated psychosocial risk assessment survey. This hands-on session will practically demonstrate how to implement the tool in your workplace and run through the simple 5-stage process.
  • People at Work and how it fits in SafeWork Australia’s psychosocial risk management approach
  • Get started on using the new digital platform
  • Understand how to use it for most effective results in your workplace

9:30 am

  • Sexual harassment is prevalent in Australia workplaces, but is often managed on an individual, case-by-case basis, rather than through a systematic work health and safety approach to prevention
  • Safe Work Australia’s new guidance recognises sexual harassment is a WHS risk and outlines steps organisations need to take as part of their WHS duties

10:00 am

Safety governance and metrics for your board

Jillian Hamilton, Managing Director, Manage Damage

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Why an integrated employee lifecycle focus leads to sustainable performance
  • How to take a transdisciplinary approach to people risk management
  • What you need to do to win support from other functions to start the journey

11:30 am

The human side of safety

Jen Jackson, CEO, Everyday Massive

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

  • What works well and why
  • Changes made in 2020 to mental health and wellbeing strategy, and why we decided to make these changes
  • Low-cost programs that are easy to implement, including digital and virtual resources for stress, anxiety and fear

2:00 pm

  • Providing individuals with the tools and skills to promote wellbeing in the home and community
  • Increasing independence and overall wellbeing for injured workers

2:30 pm

  • How the pandemic led to increased workload, as well as heightened emotional and physical stressors on our employees
  • How through genuine care and communication, we continue to create a safe environment for employees who are experiencing distress remotely
  • FUSE Strongarm Pilot Program: How we ensured workforce buy-in, and embedded wearable technologies that work in harmony with our processes culture, leading to behavioural change is lasting and meaningful

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:30 pm

Organisations are now being assessed by investors, customers, suppliers, employees and other groups on their social impact. Workplace injuries can have a significant social impact, in many different short- and long-term ways. The presentation will address:

  • What are the key social impacts of workplace injuries?
  • Why should organisations care about the social impact of workplace injuries?
  • How can social impact be measured?
  • What are the legal consequences of having a high social impact from workplace injuries?

4:00 pm

Anyone who has had any connection to a workplace fatality can see the many harms to the affected family, work colleagues, friends, and organisational culture that can arise from the legal process that follows. Introducing restorative justice principles into the response, alongside the legal process, can assist in preventing these harms from occurring. The panel discussion will consider:

  • What are fundamental features of a restorative justice approach?
  • What are the benefits/risks?
  • How does a restorative justice approach work with legal privilege?
  • Why implement a restorative justice approach when a workplace fatality or serious injury occurs?

4:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:45 pm

Networking Drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

Emergence of class actions in the context of major health and safety incidents

Alena Titterton, Partner, Clyde & Co


9:30 am

  • Promoting mindfulness of field hazards through situational awareness
  • Building a practical approach through collaboration with workers
  • Driving the process through use of a simple mnemonic

10:00 am

Lakeview Private Hospital’s workers compensation claims numbers are far below the industry average. With a focus on ‘back to basics’ safety, Lakeview has developed a culture that is proactive about worker safety, within and beyond the workplace. This approach includes:

  • The WHS Strategic Focus Group: worker representation and close collaboration with senior managers
  • Examples of what planning, implementation and evaluation of WHS initiatives looks like
  • Monthly WHS initiatives – what has worked well, and what hasn’t
  • Understanding and managing for non-work-related injuries and illnesses

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Tackling customer abuse through a multi-faceted approach
  • Preparing workers and equipping them with the skills, resilience and processes to feel supported and safer at work

11:30 am

  • Strengthening leader-injured worker relationships
  • Overview of training process, collaborative workshops and tools and strategies
  • How to improve the injured worker experience within the workers compensation system

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

  • What are the steps safety leaders can take to create psychologically safe work environments?
  • Why teams that feel safe enough to take risks perform better, and how you can get there
  • Ideas to build engagement, generate understanding and foster trust


2:00 pm

  • Overview of industrial manslaughter laws across Australia and key differences between the states
  • What will this mean for NSW employers and directors if industrial manslaughter is introduced?
  • What actions should employers take?


2:30 pm

Safe Work NSW will explain how providing generic ‘How to lift’ training to workers (in the absence of other controls) does not equal compliance, nor is it effective in reducing MSD risk.

3:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:10 pm




Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695+GST

Event Pricing

  • Full rate $1,695 + GST – from 1 July 2021

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Safety in Action Tradeshow

For over 20 years, Safety in Action has been the meeting place for the Australian health and safety industry.

Thousands of safety professionals across the country have visited Safety in Action to discover new solutions to help them achieve their goals in creating safer & healthier workplaces.

In 2021, Safety in Action will return in a face-to-face format on 29-30 September at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, enabling the industry to once again meet, connect, learn and explore the latest innovations in the space.

The event will offer a large-scale exhibition, enabling you to browse the newest products, technologies and services, it will provide access to three thought-provoking conferences and an insightful seminar series.

There is no better place to be to find the WHS solutions you need to keep your workmates safe.


when & where

29 - 30 Sep 2021

Royal Randwick Racecourse
Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031


Still have a question?

Margaret Young
Conference Producer
02 9080 4325

Josko Kazija
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4321

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