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Businesses urged to lead from the front and register for annual Safety Conference in Mackay

Event calls on resources sector and broader community to step up when it comes to safety

The 2020 Safety Conference promises to not only deliver practical tools and information pertinent to workplace safety, it will, more importantly, teach delegates how to put their new knowledge into action in their own workplaces.

The annual conference remains a powerful tool in helping businesses create and maintain safe work environments and this year’s event is no different with a powerful theme - “Safety Evolution: From compliance to ‘my’ safety ownership”.


Scheduled for March 26 & 27 in Mackay, the event boasts an impressive line-up of industry leading experts is planned to ensure conference-goers are up to speed with the latest information on their respective safety topics.


Key focus areas of discussion include:

  • Why resilience matters to safety
  • Fatigue Risk Management
  • Towards Zero Serious Harm
  • Psychology safety: Key to cultural change
  • Critical controls
  • Creating supportive mental health environments
  • Mining Safety: A moral imperative
  • Safety leadership
  • Health, well-being and performance

Guest presenters include parkrun Australia founder Tim Oberg, Barrister John Tate, paediatric social worker Liz Crowe, medical practitioner Dr Jenny Brockis, Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Energy (DNRME) executive director (Resources, Safety & Health) Mark Stone, psychologist Naomi Armitage, and more. Adani Australia project director David Boshoff and BHP South Walker Creek Mine general manager Edan Stohlberg will also join DNRME’s Mark Stone in a panel discussion around a variety of safety topics.


Resource Industry Network WH&S Group Chair Ian Gray said the Safety Conference was an annual reminder as to the importance of safety for the resources sector and broader community.  


“It’s no secret that workplace safety has been cast under a huge spotlight this past year. Workplace accidents take an enormous toll on families, team mates and the extended community,” Mr Gray said.


“Our theme this year looks at the evolution of safety and how personal ownership can improve safety beyond compliance. Our goal with the conference is to motivate and educate attendees such that everyone can take away practical actions which will help drive mental and physical safety improvements in their workplace,” Mr Gray said.


“We consistently have great feedback from the day and it is well supported by the mining houses, industry contractors and local suppliers, all striving for safer workplace outcomes.


“Safety is about leadership. If you want to achieve improvements in health and safety, connect more effectively with your workforce, and learn some very practical skills along the way, the 2020 RIN Safety Conference is a must-do event,” Mr Gray added.


The conference will open with parkrun Australia founder Tim Oberg’s personal journey with mental health. One of the largest health interventions in the country, parkrun sees more than 50,000 Australians complete a free 5km run or walk every Saturday morning. Much more than a physical activity initiative, parkrun encourages participants to connect with their local community in a meaningful way that enhances their social and mental well-being.


The day will also include a selection of eight breakout workshop sessions in which delegates can choose to attend. Facilitators of these workshops include Barrister John Tate, WHSQ Safety Leadership and Culture manager Shane Stockill, Dyno Nobel site manager Peter Henderson, Mackay Cutters Performance Coach Tim Rogers, Impress Solutions’ managing director Christian Young, Dr Jenny Brockis, consultant Deb Rae, and social worker Nick Thompson.


The annual Safety Conference is a solid platform for the resources sector to broaden its knowledge on a range of different safety topics. This is why the Safety Conference remains a powerful tool, a decade after its inception, in helping businesses create safe work environments.


Major partners to come on board and support the Safety Conference this year include Diacon Australia, Aurizon, Mackay Regional Council and Queensland Government’s Office of Industrial Relations.




NETWORKING DRINKS:                         March 26th

WHERE:                                                   BB Print Stadium                   

TIME:                                                       5.00pm – 7.00pm

TICKETS:                                                  $35 Members /   $50 Non-Members

TO REGISTER:                               

CONFERENCE:                                         March 27th

WHERE:                                                   Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre                    

TIME:                                                       6:45am – 4pm

TICKETS:                                                  $300 Members /   $400 Non-Members

TO REGISTER:                               

*Please note: A ticket to the Safety Conference includes entry to the Networking Drinks

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