Victoria is set to become the third Australian jurisdiction to make Workplace Manslaughter a criminal offence by the end of the year.
The planned penalties will be the toughest in Australia, with employers to face fines of up to $16 million and a jail term of up to 20 years. More details are anticipated to be unveiled by the Victorian government’s Workplace Manslaughter Implementation Taskforce in coming months.
What is clear is that, as always, organisations must mandate the safety of its people as their top priority, not least because of the heightened public and regulatory scrutiny.
The conference will bring together legal experts, leading health and safety professionals, relevant regulatory bodies in Victoria and other jurisdictions and more. Topics that will be addressed include:
- What the shift from ‘recklessness’ to ‘gross negligence’ means for employers
- Review workplace risks and systems with experts particularly for high risk industries
- The ‘reasonably practicable’ test in light of the new approach to safety
- Good and best practice for improving culture and systems to improve safe outcomes
- Clarifying the multiple duty holder issue
- How will Victoria’s laws differ from Queensland’s and what can be learned?
- Will WorkSafe be responsible for investigation and prosecution?
- System, procedural and legal preparations for organisations instances where prosecution of the criminal offence is a possibility
Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor Queensland
Partner, Mills Oakley
Partner, Holding Redlich
Partner, Clyde & Co
Partner, Baker McKenzie
Assistant Secretary, ACTU
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Director of Prosecutions, Statutory Compliance, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
General Manager, Safety, Health and Wellbeing - Supply Chain, Coles Group
The Victorian Bar
Barrister, The Victorian Bar
Senior EHS consultant, Anitech Consulting
Director, Elliott Safety
Lawyer and Director, SOS Safety and Legal
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