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Workplace Manslaughter Webinar

26 May | Online webinar | Australian Eastern Daylight Time

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Early bird rate (Save $250) expires 30 April 2020 // see pricing for more details


COVID-19 Notice: The Workplace Manslaughter Conference is now an Online Webinar

The health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff is our top priority. That is why we are now running this Conference as a live-streamed online webinar. You will still have access to the same great content and hear from the same expert speakers – including the ability to directly ask and engage virtually – all from the safety of your own home or workplace.

If you have already booked under the previous Conference rate, our Customer Service team will be in touch to refund the difference. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service team on 02 9080 4307 or email:

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 prove 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 webinar will bring together legal experts, leading OHS professionals, as well as relevant regulatory bodies in Victoria and other jurisdictions to provide answers and solutions to key questions and challenges, including:

Key topics:

  • Detailed analysis of the new laws and circumstances they can be applied
  • What the shift from ‘recklessness’ to ‘gross negligence’ means for employers
  • Developments in industrial manslaughter legislation across Australian jurisdictions, including in WA and the NT
  • Review workplace risks and systems with experts particularly for high risk industries
  • Overcoming challenges to building positive safety culture and preventing a culture of blame
  • How to ensure the ‘right safety outcomes’ are achieved
  • The investigative role of the regulator, and powers to prosecute
  • Considerations including fitness for work, mental health, drug and alcohol testing, bullying, harassment and discrimination



9:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

10:00 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
  • COVID-19 and workplace manslaughter

10:30 am

  • What are the powers of WorkSafe inspector and prosecutor?
  • What is the regulator targeting?


11:00 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

11:30 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

  • 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

2:30 pm

  • Vulnerabilities in an organisation’s safety systems, processes and culture
  • How to ensure an organisation continues to learn and share information about incidents

3:00 pm

Industrial Manslaughter: an international perspective

3:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm



Packages Price
Online webinar$900$750+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Packages Price
Online webinar$900$750+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate

Early bird rate expires 30 April 2020

Bookings outside of Australia
Note: If you’re an international customer based outside of Australia, please select the International (non-GST) package, GST will be excluded.


Steve Bell

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Senior representative, Enforcement Group, WorkSafe Victoria (invited)

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

Madelaine August

Partner, Moray & Agnew

Josh Bryant

General Manager – People and Risk, Mitchell Services (invited)

when & where

26 May 2020

Stream it live

When: 26 May 2020
Time: 09:50 – 15:40 AEDT

Stream it live: Register as a delegate, and follow the prompts to watch and engage from anywhere on your device.

What do I need? A device, internet access and your unique delegate link.

Can I stream it from a mobile device? Yes, as long as you using your unique delegate link.


Still have a question?

Margaret Young
Conference Producer
02 9080 4037

Alex Cook
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
02 9080 4425

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