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Workplace Manslaughter Virtual Event | On-Demand

View the event recorded live on Tuesday 26 May via On-Demand Access

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Victoria’s new Workplace Manslaughter laws will come into effect by 1 July 2020. The penalties are the toughest in Australia, with fines of up to $16.5 million for body corporates, and a jail term of up to 20 years for individuals.

It is now necessary for organisations to turn their attention towards compliance.

Employers ensure policies, systems and processes are fit for purpose, put in practice and working as intended to deliver the right safety outcomes.

But how can employers ensure the right safety outcomes are met under the conditions made by the new laws?

The event will bring together legal and OHS experts to provide answers and solutions to key questions and challenges, including:

Key topics:

  • Detailed analysis of the new laws in Victoria and the circumstances they can be applied
  • What the shift from ‘recklessness’ to ‘negligence’ means for employers
  • Developments in industrial manslaughter legislation across Australian jurisdictions
  • An update on Australia’s first Industrial Manslaughter case in Queensland
  • The courtroom experience in the event of a prosecution
  • Critical steps during incident response
  • Review workplace risks and systems
  • Insurance
  • Workplace Manslaughter and COVID-19
  • The role of the regulator, and powers to investigate and prosecute



10:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Bronwyn Reid, Small Company, Big Business, and Expert Reference Panel, Safety Leadership at Work Program, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

10:10 am

  • Understanding the impact of Industrial Manslaughter laws on business and Boards
  • How regulators and business has responded to the new laws
  • Assessment of the likely impact over the next 5 years on investigations, stakeholders and enforcement outcomes
  • The role of the Victorian regulator

10:40 am

  • How does the prosecution build its case, and what is the Prosecutor’s approach?
  • Overview of the impact of Queensland’s Industrial Manslaughter laws in the last three years
  • From July 1, the new Resources Safety and Health Queensland Statutory Body will work with the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor to bring proceedings for offences committed against the resources safety Acts

11:10 am



11:30 am

12:00 pm

  • Incident investigations
  • What are the key procedures should you have in place in case of a crisis?
  • How can you prepare to implement them?

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

  • Compliance and legal exposure
  • What does compliance look like?
  • Enforcing safe procedures, behaviours and culture in the workplace

2:00 pm

  • Direction of the law’s approach to WHS insurance covering civil negligence and criminal manslaughter in NSW
  • How this may affect other jurisdictions

2:30 pm

  • Case study of a ‘real world’ example of workplace fatality and how it was treated under the existing laws
  • Discussion regarding how the fatality could have been treated differently had it occurred after July 1 this year

3:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

3:10 pm



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Packages Price
On-Demand Access$395

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Bronwyn Reid

Small Company, Big Business, and Expert Reference Panel, Safety Leadership at Work Program, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Steve Bell

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Aaron Guilfoyle

Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor Queensland

Harold Downes

Partner, Mills Oakley

Alena Titterton

Partner, Clyde & Co

John Darcy

Senior EHS consultant, Anitech Consulting

Associate Professor Neil Foster

University of Newcastle, and Author, WHS Law in Australia, OHS Body of Knowledge

Madelaine August

Partner, Moray & Agnew

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01 Jun 2021

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