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The Safety in Action Conference

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

14-15 December 2021 | Royal Randwick Racecourse

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In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, Informa Australia believes it is in the best interests of public safety to reschedule the Safety in Action event. This includes the Safety in Action Conference, Future of Work Conference, Return to Work Conference, the Safety in Action Exhibition and Seminars.

New dates have now been confirmed.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact: or call 02 9080 4307.

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 14-15 December 2021.

Co-located with Future of Work (14th Dec) and Return to Work (15th Dec).

Check out our 2019 Safety in Action highlights video


Ian Firth

State Inspector, Psychological Health and Safety, SafeWork NSW

Dianah Brown

Assistant Director Psychosocial and Consultation Policy, Safe Work Australia

Alena Titterton

Partner, Clyde & Co

Wade Needham

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

Jen Jackson

CEO, Everyday Massive

Louise Dubois

Director Health Safety and Environment, Deloitte

Gift Musiwa

WHS Manager & After-Hours Manager, Lakeview Private Hospital

Katherine Morris

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Derek R. Brookes

Director, Relational Approaches

Jillian Hamilton

Managing Director, Manage Damage & Safety Governance Foundation

Nicole Lawler

General Manager, SHE, GrainCorp

Kylie Fraser

Head of Workplace Safety, McDonald’s

Ian Simpson

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

Melissa Pollock

Head of Life Safety, Scentre Group

Patrizia Cassaniti

Safety Advocate, Let’s talk about Safety

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

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

Alena Titterton, Partner, Clyde & Co

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

Cognitive overload is affecting our psychological safety. It is a condition where a situation gives too much information simultaneously, resulting in being unable to process this information and decide. Our brains are unnecessarily in emergency mode most of the time. Louise will explore this field and assist you and your teams in designing experiences that augment the limited capacity of the working memory and improve psychological safety.

2:00 pm


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

Safety governance and metrics for your board

Jillian Hamilton, Managing Director, Manage Damage & Safety Governance Foundation

9:30 am

  • Wins and sidesteps on GrainCorp’s SHE journey over the past 3 years
  • How we’ve approached challenges and changes from COVID
  • Riding the peaks and troughs to sustain safety performance

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

  • 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

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm


Melissa Pollock, Head of Life Safety, Scentre Group


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
Virtual Pass$900+GST

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 14-15 December 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.


Informa Health & Safety Commitments

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience.

All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, Informa Australia will follow some key health and safety priority commitments as part of “Informa AllSecure”.

Vaccination required for all in-person attendees
To ensure the maximum safety of our audiences, Informa requires all in-person participants (speakers, delegates, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers) to be fully vaccinated in order to gain access to the physical event. For those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, we encourage you to participate in the event by booking a virtual pass to attend the event.

This is an important measure to keep our community members safe who have not yet been able to get vaccinated or who are unable to get vaccinated. We hope it will also help infuse confidence and alleviate concerns that some may still have about attending an event in person.

For more information and to see our FAQs about our Covid-19 health & safety approach, please visit

Event Health & Safety measures in place

  • Informa will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 rules and restrictions applicable to the local state government where the event will be run
  • Enhanced cleaning and hygiene practice including deep cleaning and sanitization before, during, and after our events has been implemented
  • Reduced contact registration is in place
  • Physically distanced seating options in line with local authority regulations will be provided in all venues
  • Contact tracing: All attendees will be required to check-in to the event venue using the relevant government Covid-safe app

Conditions of entry:

Entry to an Informa event for attendees and staff is not permitted if they:

  • are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • are themselves, or residing with anyone who is, waiting the results of a test for COVID-19
  • have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days
  • Are not able to provide proof of vaccination

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when & where

14 - 15 Dec 2021

Royal Randwick Racecourse
Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031


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Loan Kiss

Conference Manager

Josko Kazija
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4321

Paul O’Connor
Marketing Manager

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