This event is presented by WorkSafe Victoria.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM (AEDT)


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC 3006 - View Map


8:00am to 9:00am: Doors open

9:00am to 10:00am: Keynote - WorkSafe CE Clare Amies

Presented by WorkSafe Victoria Chief Executive Clare Amies

10:20am to 11:20am: Keynote - Hon. Julia Gillard AC

Join the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, in her role as chair of beyondblue to discuss mentally healthy workplaces and the factors that help creative a positive environment.

11:40am to 12:40pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Preventing mental injury in the workplace

Organisational factors are present in every workplace. They range from things such as work demands to relationships with colleagues or how much control someone has over their work.

WorkSafeis offering this session to inform and guide you on why these factors are so influential, ways to identify and address them to effectively manage risk to injury in the workplace.

Presented by WorkSafe Victoria - Psychosocial Inspectorate, Return to Work and Mental Health Programs.

Option 2: Positive Investigation Methodology

This session shares details about an investigation technique for focussing on learning from 'what went right' in near hit incidents as a way of improving safety resilience.

Come along and hear about the experience of Ixom in implementing this technique for its investigations over the past 12 months.

Option 3: WorkSafe WorkWell supporting workplace mental health and wellbeing

Victorian's spend around a third of their time at work which is why mental health and wellbeing strategies have never been more important in our workplaces.

A positive workplace can improve morale, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity, which is good for everyone.

The WorkSafe WorkWell program is a website and online toolkit offering practical steps to create healthier, more positive workplaces that promote good mental health and prevent mental injury or illness.

The WorkWell program provides resources, actions and steps that can be tailored to your small to medium sized workplace. Find out how businesses are already utilising the toolkit and how you can benefit.

Presented by the WorkWell team.

Option 4: Global Trends - the future of workplaces

Changes in the world of workplaces are accelerating at a pace and scale never seen before.

It's a perfect storm of structural and cyclical forces, from shifting demographics and rapid globalization to technological revolution. All of this has created a highly uncertain business environment and knocked labor markets out of sync.

From this 'new normal' of instability and market disruption, new ways of getting work done are emerging. This presentation delves into global trends that will influence and challenge workplaces over the next decade.

Option 5: The impact of Family Violence on the workplace

It can be difficult for employers to understand what their duties are and what needs to be provided to identify hazards and risks related to family violence in the workplace.

In January 2018, WorkSafe introduced guidance called Addressing Family Violence in the workplace, to assist employers to better understand their duties and provide advice about identifying hazards and risks.

Join the Domestic Violence Resource Centre experts at this session designed to provide information on:

  • how family violence impacts the workplace
  • why the workplace is a relevant setting to manage this risk and
  • how to implement suitable risk control measures to ensure the health and safety of your workplace.

12.40pm to 1.30pm: Break

1:30pm to 2:30pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Practical Fatigue Management in the workplace

Fatigue in the workplace is contributed to by long work hours, working at night and in the early morning, as well as from other factors including commuting.

Practical Fatigue Management needs to realistically consider fatigue from work and other aspects of life, while supporting effective behaviours in organisations and individuals.

This session will outline practical examples of how fatigue can be managed using free and cost-effective solutions.

Presented by Dr Adam Fletcher, CEO & Principal Consultant, Integrated Safety Support

Option 2: Case Study – Downer EDI and Vic Roads

On 30 November 2011, traffic controller Harry Zagaretos was struck and killed by a road sweeper while he was aligning bollards to separate live traffic from resurfacing works in Bayswater.

In this case study, you'll learn about the series of events that followed, from WorkSafe's investigation to the prosecution of several duty holders for failing to maintain a safe system of work.

Option 3: Mental health in the public sector

A panel of Victorian Government departments and worker representatives discussing what's happening in prevention of mental injury and promotion of mental health across the public service.

Hear about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and the challenges and opportunities for public sector leaders to create change in this space.

Option 4: Stick Person – Is the work we do safe? Do I feel safe?

Why should workplaces take a holistic approach to prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)?

WorkSafe Victoria's Alison Gembarovski and Ian Sutcliffe will take you on this upbeat "choose your own adventure "style presentation using stick figures to demonstrate psychosocial factors and the role they play in the development of MSD.

Discover how the timing of decisions can impact health and work outcomes, workplace climate, culture, and business productivity. Leave with a totally refreshed understanding of an old and complex issue!

Option 5: The Weinstein Effect: Just what is inappropriate behaviour?

There has been a heightened awareness regarding inappropriate sexual harassment in the workplace as a result of serious allegations made against Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo campaign it ignited.

Stuart Pill, Partner at Clayton Utz and Senior Associate Emma Vautin, will discuss the key issues that should be considered from a legal and ethical perspective when an allegation of serious misconduct is made in the workplace.

Stuart and Emma will discuss:

  • workplace relationships;
  • conduct at work functions and trips; and
  • how you can effectively manage your risk as an employer with respect to this kind of conduct.

2:50pm to 3:50pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Introducing the new occupational health and safety compliance codes

The occupational health and safety compliance codes (codes) provide duty holders with practical guidance on how to comply with their legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations).

As part of the review and remake of the OHS Regulations in 2017, the codes that align with the regulations were also reviewed. Eight new codes for hazardous manual handling, hazardous substances, plant, confined spaces, demolition, facilities in construction, excavation, and noise are now available.

This session is a deep dive into the new codes, including the key features and what's new, to help you be compliant with Victoria's occupational health and safety legislation.

Option 2: Mobile Case Management program – one year on

A WorkSafe Victoria overview of the Mobile Case Manager program one year on.

  • Mobile Case Management program progress
  • Key Return-To-Work learnings from Mobile Case Management program
  • How do we measure success?

Option 3: Occupational Violence and Aggression in Retail and Fast Food

Customer abuse and violence is a big issue for both the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA) members and the wider retail and fast food industry.

This presentation provides an insight into the SDA campaign which is evolving in partnership with industry to:

  1. to create community awareness around the issue
  2. to increase worker understanding of the health and safety impacts of the issue and encourage reporting
  3. to change customer behaviour and
  4. make workplaces safe

The SDA is at the start of the journey.

This session will be presented by Rebecca Patena, SDA National Industrial and National OHS Officer

Option 4: When Safety creates good; the risks and ravages of traditional safety practice

We all handle complex issues in the workplace. How we handle them will inform the outcomes and sadly, death rates in workplaces show no sign of reducing.

Mental injury claims on workers compensation remain at 13% nationally of all claims made and accepted, representing 24% of total claims cost. It is not working. People are not complying with basic values let alone policies and processes underpinned by safety law. We need to be better than this. And we can be.

Safety law is eloquent. Cognitively applied with other supporting law it offers a compelling platform to create respectful, safe and generous workforces that can manage change and disruption whilst delivering improved productivity. The evidence is in.

It doesn't cost more; it's a change of mindset and leadership. Andrew Douglas will offer the tools and insights that permit the beginning of the journey. The rest is up to you.

Option 5: Longford 20 years on - why the lessons have not been learnt

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Longford gas plant explosion.

Much has been done and improved since that time to safely manage high hazard industries, however more about what is required to maintain safe operations is required. In this presentation, Professor Andrew Hopkins explores what we have learned and what areas still need improvement.

Andrew Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.