Agenda

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 health risk the event will now be facilitated online on 29-30 June 2021.
The health and safety concerns of our attendees, facilitators and staff is our number one priority, and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the evolving public health risks, travel concerns and other circumstances.
If you are a registered delegate, a member of our customer service team will follow up with you directly with the online login details.

08:50

ASSESSING THE CHANGING WHS/OHS LANDSCAPE

09:00

  • Model WHS Laws: examining jurisdictional variances amongst the states  
  • Exploring the varying strategies amongst the state regulators: What are the current emerging safety risks across Australia and challenges in meeting WHS obligations?  
  • Reflecting on the successes of The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 
  • Reviewing the SafeWork NSW WHS Toolkit to discover how to effectively report incidents in your organisation  
  • Considering the negative outcomes of a poor employee consultation after a workplace incident 

09:50

  • Addressing changes towards leave, pay, breaks, flexible working and health and safety measures 
  • Health and Safety Checklist: discover how to mitigate risk in an ever-changing work environment and establish safety standards and protocols for employees working remotely  
  • To what extent is an employer liable for their employee’s safety in flexible working arrangements? 
  • Workers’ Compensation Nominal Insurer v Hill: examining the impacts of domestic violence 
  • Recent case law examples  

10:30

10:40

THE ONGOING PANDEMIC AND HOW THIS HAS ALTERED RESPONSIBILITES

10:50

  • Discover how an organisation can successfully adhere to WHS regulations 
  • Enhancing internal investigation processes to monitor emerging risks, share learnt lessons and minimise future safety risks  
  • Incorporating hybrid working models into your organisation to ensure safe collaboration amongst your teams 
  • Exploring and understanding the National COVID-19 safe workplace principles 
  • Leading by example: ensuring middle management and senior leaders are reinforcing key safety behaviours 

11:30

  • How do you deal with an employee’s resistance to returning to work? 
  • How have WHS/OHS regulations changed in a post-COVID-19 environment? Can your organisation legally enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations?  
  • Examining the National Return to Work Survey to understand how to support employees in their return to work.  
  • Reviewing the National Guide for safe workplaces - COVID-19 guidelines to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation 
  • Recent case law examples  

12:10

12:20

EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

12:50

  • Discovering how promoting a mentally healthy workplace can reduce the risk of prosecution  
  • Occupational violence: mitigating risk around mental health, bullying, harassment & assault 
  • Creating effective outcomes for workers with mental injury workers’ compensation claims and dealing with issues around causation  
  • COVID-19: Understanding psychological risks involved in new working from home arrangements. How does an increase in technology and flexible work contribute to increased expectations of workers? 

AN EMPLOYER'S DUTY TO EXERCISE EFFECTIVE DUE DILLIGENCE

01:30

  • Who has a “duty of care”?  
  • Discover how regulators interpret prosecution policy  
  • Understanding the definition of safe work negligence 
  • What does an effective workplace investigation process look like? Reviewing existing cases to learn how to navigate prosecutions  

02:10

  • Examining off-site incidents  
  • Identifying what a lack of due diligence looks like 
  • Creating effective monitoring systems for internal auditors  
  • Measuring your boards ability to adequately process safety risk information  
  • Establishing an effective safety risk committee in your C-Suite/Senior Executive level 

02:50

03:00

Learning outcomes:  
  • Understand the typical failings of workers and managers that occur within organisations  
  • Discover new ways for employees to report inappropriate workplace behaviour  
  • Unpacking the Respect@Work National Enquiry Report  

03:40

03:45

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 health risk the event will now be facilitated online on 29-30 June 2021.
The health and safety concerns of our attendees, facilitators and staff is our number one priority, and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the evolving public health risks, travel concerns and other circumstances.
If you are a registered delegate, a member of our customer service team will follow up with you directly with the online login details.

09:00

INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER LAWS

09:10

  • The Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Act 2020 No. 10: how can harsher penalties affect businesses and boards?  
  • Employer liability: recklessness, causation and fatality - who can be charged with workplace manslaughter? 
  • Gig Economy: To what extent is an employer liable for the safety of contractors and freelancers?  
  • Examining views amongst the state’s: exploring New South Wales’ stance on industrial manslaughter laws and how this differs to other states 

10:00

  • What does a breach look like? What are the approaches being taken by enforcement and prosecution agencies?  
  • Exploring the consistency of regulators in addressing risks amongst organisations  
  • Exploring inadequate evidence in court proceedings and how this can impact prosecutions 

10:40

10:50

SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE CULTURE 

11:00

Roundtable A: Uncovering available support for small enterprises 
Danny King, Principal Employment Lawyer, Danny King Legal  
 
Roundtable B: How to effectively manage a workplace incident 
Sarah Goodhew, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia 
 
Roundtable C: Ensuring middle management & senior leaders understand their legislative duties & responsibilities  
Lily Schafer-Gardiner, Senior Associate, HWL Ebsworth 
 
Roundtable D: Reporting risks under broken or ineffective organisational systems 
Sean Hill, Senior Consultant, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors 
 

12:00

12:30

  • What makes a good health and safety culture? 
  • The link between a positive WHS culture and positive WHS behaviours. 
  • Making work health and safety relevant, personal and emotional for an employee.  

THE ROLE OF ENFORCEABLE UNDERTAKINGS AND THEIR BENEFIT 

01:10

  • Examining who can be held accountable and why 
  • What is required for an offence to reach an enforceable undertaking?  
  • What can a company lawfully do to minimize exposure after a safety incident? 
  • Recent case law examples 

01:50

  • How our organisation created effective plans to commit to future compliance measures 
  • Discover how to implement measures to review risk and prevent the chance of prosecution  
  • Utilising investigation findings to create reform after receiving an enforceable undertaking 

02:20

02:30

  • What happens during a SafeWork interview? 
  • What WHS best practice should look like in your organisation 
  • Avoiding workplace injury claims, prosecution and reputational damage - how to mitigate your risk exposure?  

THE ROLE OF INSURERS 

03:10

  • Examining the increase in fines and penalties under WHS legislation 
  • Review existing policies to sharpen your organisation’s focus on WHS risk management to avoid exposure to fines  
  • Recognising the potential ramifications of any injuries suffered by employees while working from home

03:40

03:45