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Industrial Manslaughter Conference

31 May 2022 | Hilton Sydney & Delivered Virtually

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Workplace fatalities in Australia are on the rise. Statistics released by Safe Work Australia revealed 194 fatalities have occurred in 2020 compared to 162 in 2019 with NSW accounted for the highest number of worker fatalities at 53.

In recent years, industrial manslaughter laws have been introduced to help prevent and reduce workplace deaths occurring at worksites. Maximum penalties for industrial manslaughter vary between Australian states which include heavy fines and imprisonment for corporate bodies and individuals.

The Industrial Manslaughter Conference, taking place on 31 May 2022 at the Hilton Sydney, will bring together legal professionals, regulators, and industry leaders to provide key insights including the following key topics:

  • Recent developments and case laws across Australian jurisdictions
  • Legal duties and obligations under WHS laws
  • What constitutes gross negligence and reckless conduct?
  • Tools and methodologies to demonstrate due diligence

There is a discount for government and NFP personnel. Click here to book your spot.


Tarsha Gavin

Managing Associate, Allens

Tom Reaburn

Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson

Gaye Francis

Director, R2A

Harold Downes

Partner, Mills Oakley

Dr Laura Sowden

Special Counsel, Barry Nilsson Lawyers

Chris Kummerow

Barrister, Edmund Barton Chambers

Aaron Guilfoyle

Special Counsel, MacDonells Law and former WHS Prosecutor, Office of the Work, Health and Safety Prosecutor

Melissa Pollock

General Manager - Health & Safety, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure

Mario Machado

National Practice Leader, Aon

René van der Merwe

Principal Consultant, Safety Works

Patrizia Cassaniti

Safety Advocate, Let’s talk about Safety

The Hon. Adam Searle

Member of the Legislative Council of NSW, Parliament of NSW


9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

René van der Merwe, Principal Consultant, Safety Works


9:05 am

  • Recent developments and changes across Australian jurisdictions
  • Industrial Manslaughter laws in NSW – how has it progressed?
  • What are the liabilities of PCBUs and officers when a workplace fatality occurs?
  • What are the duties of WHS inspectors during investigation?

9:35 am

  • What are the future trends for prosecutions across Australia?
  • Addressing challenges and pitfalls in industrial manslaughter prosecutions
  • How the industrial manslaughter provisions disproportionately target small entities and can an officer of a large company actually face imprisonment?
  • What are the safety practices organisations should be adopting?

10:05 am

  • Tools, processes and methodologies to demonstrate due diligence of the legislation
  • Develop and implement a due diligence action plan
  • Ensuring systems are in place to support the action plan
  • Duties and obligations of officers to achieve compliance

10:35 am

Morning tea and refreshments break

11:00 am

  • How should organisations prepare to respond to the risk of industrial manslaughter
  • How does the risk of industrial manslaughter complicate post incident response
  • Learnings from Australia’s first IM conviction in R V Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd & Ors (2020) QDC 113

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:40 pm

  • Understanding these definitions under the new WHS laws across each state and territory
  • What is criminal negligence and a breach of the primary duty of care?
  • What does recent case law tell us: R v Watts (2020) and MT Sheds
  • What are the key take-aways from these cases?

2:10 pm

Afternoon tea and refreshments break

3:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm

End of the conference, Networking Drinks & Canapes


Packages Price
One Day Conference$1695+GST
Virtual Pass$895+GST
Packages Price
One Day Conference$1195+GST


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when & where

31 May 2022

Hilton Sydney & Delivered Virtually
488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9266 2000


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