2021 Award Finalists




We are proud to introduce you to the finalist for the 2021 Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards.  

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And the finalist are...

Large Enterprise New Initiative Award

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BHP has one of the largest fleet of heavy mining vehicles in the country. Their maintenance teams alone represent approximately one-third of their entire frontline mining workforce. The maintenance work is often very high risk and while much of the heavy equipment maintenance tasks have traditionally been undertaken with the vehicle or equipment isolated, often the machinery needs to be running to enable the maintenance worker to properly diagnose faults and undertake inspection tests. On excavators, for example, there are over 130 of these ‘live work’ maintenance tasks. This creates a very high-risk work environment for maintenance technicians, that until now, have never been fully mitigated. Risks associated with ‘live work’ are managed by a number of controls including administrative processes, safe work procedures, and through the use of personal protective equipment. While these practices can minimise the risk to the work, BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore South Flank Operations team and Technology Innovation Centre set out to remove these risks altogether. This goal has led to the development Dash Maintainer Tools which effectively eliminates almost all of the risks associated with live maintenance work. Dash Maintainer Tools, is a specialist system that allows maintenance workers to undertake the majority of the diagnostic tests from a distance of up to 80 metres of the machine, simply by connecting their phone, laptop or tablet to the mining vehicle or equipment. To achieve this, Dash Maintainer Tools uses a network of sensors permanently fitted to relevant vehicles or equipment that are able to measure pressure, temperature and vibration. Data collected from the sensors is then sent to an industrial computer and the BHP-developed sensor gateway and are fed back to the team. Dash Maintainer Tools is changing how BHP approaches maintenance works in a number of ways. The deployment of Dash Maintainer Tools has helped to increase productivity by reducing the time to diagnose faults and shortening the service times, which in turn enables the machinery to get back to work faster. Beyond promoting overall safety and making a high-risk job easier for frontline staff, Dash Maintainer Tools makes maintenance work more accessible for people with different abilities. The Dash Maintainer Tools have been designed to scale and replicate and the team is now looking to roll out this technology more broadly. The team are working with key original equipment manufacturers to integrate this capability on equipment across all of BHP’s operating assets and are looking to expand this across the globe. Dash Maintainer Tools innovative, potentially life-saving technology.

In Queensland on average each year, over 750 accidental contacts occur with powerlines, unfortunately each year, one person is electrocuted and approximately 15 people are severely burned and injured, many others are just very lucky to have received no injury. Many vehicles are also severely damaged and written off due to accidental contact, not to forget business downtime for investigations, litigation, improvement notices, fines and business lost time. To mitigate these incidents, Energy Queensland has developed a powerline safety tool, the ‘Look up and Live app’. This app has in three years effectively helped reduce these avoidable accidental contacts with powerlines in the Queensland community, by 25% overall and a massive 52% in the Agricultural industry. This tool is an interactive serve-you safety app for overhead powerlines, giving the user valuable information, be it in the planning stages or on-site hazard identification to implement appropriate controls. Seeing the value of the free ‘Look up and Live app’ Energy Queensland reached out to other distributors in Australia to join in reducing incidents and saving lives. Since sharing the success of the app, powerline companies in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia have joined the app. These companies have acknowledged the need to increase awareness and reduce incidents in their own regions with a national powerline safety approach, with this excellent product. The ‘Look up and Live’ powerline safety app is uniting powerline companies / safety regulators /at-risk industries and the community in joining forces to educate and reduce preventable accidental powerline contacts. The Look up and Live app has been downloaded to over 27000 devices and from the apple and google app stores and lookupandlive.com.au map has been used over 71,000 times in the last 12 months, on average 195 times per day. On most weekdays the look up and live app will be used approximately 250 to 300 times to access powerline information. Feedback from ‘at risk’ industries has been very positive, and has seen an increase in requests for onsite safety advice and ‘Rotamarkers’ ( powerline warning markers ) from both the Ergon and Energex businesses. The effects are ongoing and is successfully promoting and enabling a change in culture and safety behaviours,, Our vision is to have this tool as a nationwide product that can be marketed nationally, to raise powerline safety awareness and reduce accidental powerline contacts. Our community safety team is still taking ongoing feedback on the use of the look up and live app including adding extra features that have been requested such as

• Warning alarm ie phone or device will alarm or warning at a set distance eg set at 25 metres to warn operator of a harvester that powerlines are near.

• Offline capabilities

• Export data feature, for overlays/uploads onto existing GPS systems

• Instant quoting tool to give indications of cost of de-energising, relocating or raising powerlines.

• Online Powerline risk assessment form incorporating imagery and powerline overlays

PEER is a non-profit industry-based organisation, a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and award-winning Registered Training Organisation (RTO), delivering nationally accredited training packages to meet South Australia’s skill development needs. As a GTO, we are one of the largest employers of apprentices within the Building and Construction industry in SA, with over 400 apprentices and trainees. As an RTO we deliver prevocational training, VET in schools training, apprenticeship training, upskilling short courses and skills recognition training. PEER is highly regarded for delivering trade training and assessment excellence in the electrical, plumbing, data communications and refrigeration and air-conditioning trades.

Melbourne Water manages and protects our city’s major water resources, which in turn makes our city a fantastic place to live. On any given day we: manage water supply catchments, supplying affordable and high-quality water treat and supply drinking and recycled water remove and treat most of Melbourne’s sewage, ensuring that sewerage is reliable manage waterways and major drainage systems in the Port Phillip and Westernport region provide integrated drainage and flood management services help to create outstanding natural community spaces.

Ventia is one of the largest essential services providers in Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to provide the services that keep infrastructure working for our communities. We have a diverse and proud heritage and a track record for delivering the best outcomes for our clients and the communities in which we operate. Ventia is an independent partnership between funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the CIMIC Group. Ventia was created in 2015 following the merger of Leighton Contractors Services division, Thiess Services and Visionstream. In 2020, Ventia grew to combine more than 50 years’ of industry knowledge and experience with the acquisition of Broadspectrum (formerlyTransfield Services). Today, we have over 35,000 talented people and subcontractors across Australia and New Zealand. Our service capability spans the full asset lifecycle – from design, minor capital works and operations and maintenance, asset management and facilities management, through to decommissioning – complemented by technology-enabled solutions and deep technical expertise. Whether it is connecting people to faster networks, remediating contaminated land, keeping traffic flowing and our hospitals and schools running, our clients never switch off – so neither do we. With an unwavering focus on safety, we operate around the


Large Enterprise Excellence Award

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Metro is a multi-award winning organisation and we pride ourselves on our team of honest, high performing professionals who are talented, inclusive and safety focused and who are at the core of our success. It is a railway organisation that is known as a global leader in its field but also prides itself on being dynamic, embracing new technologies and focused on customer service. Our aim is to promote work/life balance, allow team members to bring their best to work and to truly be focused on a common goal which is to provide the safest world class railway service.

Energy Queensland is a government owned corporation in Queensland responsible for group of electricity distribution, retail and energy services businesses, that deliver electricity across Queensland through our ‘poles and wires’ businesses Energex and Ergon Energy Network. Energy Queensland builds and maintains a powerline network of over 1.7 million power poles and over 220,000KM’s of overhead and underground powerlines across Queensland, with to 2.25 million customers connected across Queensland and sells electricity to 738,000 retail customers.

Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation responsible for building, maintaining and operating an electricity network that connects our 2.3 million customers to traditional and renewable energy sources, delivering an essential service to our community. We’re at the forefront of the energy industry in leveraging new technologies, including integrating microgrid and battery storage solutions. We’re planning the grid of the future that’s leading the way to a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for the next generation. For more than 70 years, we’ve been providing West Australians with safe, reliable and efficient energy. Our vast transmission and distribution network, and the people behind it, seamlessly connect our homes, businesses and essential community infrastructure to an increasingly renewable energy mix, supercharging our vibrant West Australian lifestyle.

At Jacobs, we work every day to challenge the expectations of today to reinvent the way we’ll live tomorrow. Through our BeyondZero® culture of caring and genuine concern for each other, we work together to create a workplace that values the safety, positive mental health and sense of belonging for all. That’s why we’re proud to have developed the One Million Lives mental health check-in tool – not only for our employees, but for our families, friends, clients, stakeholders and the communities we live in. With One Million Lives we invite other organisations to join hands with us to lead a movement to track and change our mental health, starting conversations and reducing the stigma. Together we will be better equipped to understand how we’re currently coping and be able to generate real-time, personalised solutions. 


Large Enterprise Leadership & Culture Award

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Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in around 35 countries around the world. Our purpose is to produce the materials essential to human progress. Our four product groups bring this purpose to life: Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Iron Ore. These are complemented by our Growth & Innovation and Commercial groups, as well as our service and support functions. Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) comprises our integrated iron ore operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia, which use cutting-edge technology to mine and transport iron ore to our customers safely, efficiently and in response to market conditions. Our Pilbara iron ore operations include a world-class, integrated network of 16 iron ore mines, four independent port terminals, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure. Our Operations Centre in Perth uses next-generation technologies, to run operations in real-time and respond quickly to changes. Our AutoHaul™ train system is the first fully autonomous, long-distance, heavy-haul rail network – the world’s largest robot. Each of these elements works together to deliver high-quality iron ore, including our flagship Pilbara Blend™, to our customers reliably and safely. Our three operations at Dampier Salt, in WA, are also part of RTIO.

Lysander has over 19 years’ experience working in partnership with organisations to undertake leadership development, cultural transformation across diverse industries both within Australia and overseas. We work with organisations of all scales within the private, public, not-for-profit and government-funded sectors. Our approach is client-focused. We listen, consult deeply, challenge thinking and bring innovation to all our solutions. We partner end-to-end with clients on leadership and organisational culture transformation journeys that drive systemic, sustainable organisational change. Benefits such as increased staff engagement, lowered attrition rates and improved leadership capability are just some of the outcomes we see as our programs come to life in organisations. The McConnell Dowell Decmil Joint Venture (MCDDJV) was formed to deliver the Mordialloc Freeway Project. The partnership of McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited and Decmil Southern brought together two major players in Victoria’s infrastructure construction industry to deliver the Mordialloc Freeway, a nine-kilometer stretch of road connecting the Dingley Bypass with the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. The joint venture has proved to be an outstanding success. The two companies came together to form a cohesive team, working as one on what the Victorian Government considers to be one of the best examples of project delivery in recent years.

Established in 1983 as a small metropolitan carrier, CouriersPlease (CP) has become a leading parcel delivery service with a national footprint. Our network of 1200-plus franchisees and delivery partners and 400 employees make sure parcels are delivered quickly for our 26,000-plus retail customers. In 2015, CP was acquired by Singapore Post, a global leader in eCommerce logistics. CP delivers tens of millions of parcels annually and offers flexible delivery choices for consumers. This includes our pick-up and drop-off network of 5500-plus parcel lockers and retail outlets. Technology and innovation is a major focus at CP. Our Boomerang returns solution automates returns for retailers and allows shoppers to schedule their own returns collection. Our driver route optimisation app, CPGo, helps reduce time on the road by around 30 minutes per day. In our Rosehill, Sydney depot, our automated sortation system improved our parcel handling efficiency seven-fold. In 2020, CP commenced its environmental strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. We received LowCO2 Certification and now fully offset our operational emissions. With sustainable sock company Upparel, we launched a used-textile household collection service. For our great strides and achievements, CP won the 2021 Vendors in Partnership Sustainability Innovation award.

Safety starts with each of us – but at Goodstart it is more than that. Being safe is who we are and what we do. It’s part of being a Goodstarter. Goodstart, as a not-for-profit social enterprise, has for 10 years been creating positive social change by giving Australia’s children, especially our most vulnerable, the best possible start in life – access to high quality early learning. Goodstart is Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care and Australia’s largest non-government provider of preschool and kindergarten programs. We employ 14,900 people, including 1,500+ teachers, and provide high quality early learning to more than 70,700 children from 59,200 families across 671 early learning centres. Around one third of our centres are in rural and regional areas and around one quarter are in low socio-economic areas in eight separate safety jurisdictions.

Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation responsible for building, maintaining and operating an electricity network that connects our 2.3 million customers to traditional and renewable energy sources, delivering an essential service to our community. We’re at the forefront of the energy industry in leveraging new technologies, including integrating microgrid and battery storage solutions. We’re planning the grid of the future that’s leading the way to a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for the next generation. For more than 70 years, we’ve been providing West Australians with safe, reliable and efficient energy. Our vast transmission and distribution network, and the people behind it, seamlessly connect our homes, businesses and essential community infrastructure to an increasingly renewable energy mix, supercharging our vibrant West Australian lifestyle.

Small to Medium Enterprise: New Initiative Award

Eye and Retina Specialists, Green Square is an independently-owned ophthalmology practice dedicated to providing the highest levels of patient-focused care. We use advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment in our custom-built facility located in Waterloo. Established by Dr Neil Sharma and Dr Ju-Lee Ooi in 2015, our team of eye surgeons specialise in the treatment of eye conditions including cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, eyelid and oculoplastics surgery, retinal surgery and laser eye surgery

EPS World Wide t/a Excavation Protection Solutions was founded in 2019 by Luisa Stewart the founder and managing director. Luisa designed and developed the pier hole protector after discovering a serious issue on construction sites when it came to covering freshly excavated pier holes. This is a world first solution to an issue faced world wide and proudly 100% Australian owned and manufactured in Qld.

A proudly Australian company, Santos is a leading supplier of natural gas, a fuel for the future, providing clean energy to improve the lives of people in Australia and Asia. Santos is already Australia’s biggest domestic gas supplier, a leading Asia-Pacific LNG supplier and aims to be a world-leading clean fuels company, achieving net-zero emissions by 2040. Santos will grow its clean fuels capability as customer demand evolves for zero-emissions LNG, hydrogen and other products through carbon capture and storage, nature-based offsets, energy efficiency and use of renewables in its operations. Underpinned by a diverse portfolio of high-quality natural gas, oil and strategic infrastructure assets in the Cooper Basin, Western Australia, northern Australia and Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Queensland and New South Wales, Santos seeks to deliver long-term value to shareholders. Recognised for its disciplined, low-cost operating model, Santos is resilient throughout the commodity price cycle. For more than 65 years, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities, providing Australian jobs and business opportunities, safely and sustainably developing Australia’s natural gas resources, and powering Australian industries and households

Guardian Gantry Hire is a small, privately-owned business that operates in South East Queensland. They provide modular gantry systems which are designed to save lives on construction sites by preventing falling objects hitting people.

Guardian Gantry Hire developed an updated gantry and balustrade design and methodology to significantly reduce this risk. A systematic safety-in-design initiative was led to redesign the two flagship products of the company; the Guardian Gantry deck and balustrades.

Small to Medium Enterprise: Excellence Award

The business was first established in 1993. Operating under new management as of March 2013, the company underwent complete restructure, rebranding and expansion and launched as DEMEX in 2014. DEMEX is a family owned and operated business with a vision to continuously grow the business’ national presence. In striving for organisational excellence and ensuring that we continue to thrive as a business, the DEMEX team understand the trends and forces which shape our business and use this knowledge to meet ever-changing industry demands and individual client needs. We understand that each client’s project requirements are unique, so from an initial consultation to delivering the range of services that we provide, we will tailor our solution to suit your needs. Maximising value for our clients through maintaining quality practices and client satisfaction is a core focus for our reliable team of professionals, both on site and behind the scenes. Our Principal and Managing Director are both actively involved in all aspects of the business. This ensures that your project is managed with the utmost professionalism at every level and allows us to foster valuable, long-term client relationships – which is extremely important to the company.

Rare Earth CMT Laboratories (Rare Earth) are a construction materials testing company that delivers scientific and innovative solutions to the Tasmanian construction industry. Rare Earth commenced trading in March 2018 with the office at 22 – 24 Paterson Street, Launceston and two laboratories in Invermay and Ulverstone. Our laboratory locations allow us to promptly serve the north and north west of Tasmania. Rare Earth are professional technicians and NATA accredited professionals working across Tasmania. The desire to establish Rare Earth was to become an innovative company, with the capacity and experience to assist contractors in the completion of high end engineering projects to a standard greater than expected by the industry. Our vision is to be leaders in construction materials testing and technology, and to partner with clients to satisfy all their testing and compliance needs and ensure they are delivered in a timely manner. Rare Earth are proudly third party accredited for Quality, Safety and Environmental Systems. All our business systems and decision making are guided by this well established standards. Since our inception we have been committed to seeking and maintaining very high safety standards for our staff, suppliers, clients and surrounding community.

Duress designs and develops safety technology here in Australia, and is currently deployed across the country, from the Department of Justice and the Department of Defence, to Coles and Woolworths, to Salvation Army and BaptistCare. Duress creates leading edge safety technology, and provides it to Australian organisations at an affordable price, with award winning local support, and deployments that take less than an hour.

With great technology comes great safety. Duress hardware, software and services work together to deliver a seamless experience that just works for organisations across Australia. You can keep your team safe 24/7 with automatic check ins, stream live video and location during an emergency, and can even share video and location data with emergency services. And it’s all designed and developed here in Australia.

Worldwide it is estimated there are over 37 million ladder incidents each year, severe enough to require emergency medical treatment costing businesses, governments and the community billions of dollars per year. WHO (2018) Robert and Craig Charlton from Brisbane have invented, manufactured and marketed the cost-effective, globally unique Lock Jaw Ladder Grip. It is a world-class, award winning, patented ladder safety device that enhances safety when working on roofs by securing the ladder to guttering, preventing the ladder from slipping. It has revolutionised ladder safety within Australia and Internationally. Lock Jaw Ladder Grip assists in meeting legal obligations to secure ladders and helps reduce injuries and fatalities from ladder falls. The Lock Jaw Ladder Grip is light-weight and durable and has the capability to lock onto a gutter within 5 seconds without damage, stabilising the ladder and preventing ladder slippage and associated injuries. It sells online, in Bunnings retail stores nationally, via distributors and internationally (USA, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Dubai, New Zealand, UK, Norway) It has been incorporated into standards for the Swedish Fire and Rescue and sold to USA Insurance Companies, trades people (painters, electricians, carpenters, roofers, etc.), Emergency Services, Energy Companies and homeowners across the world.

Multiworks is a leading provider of construction services to some of Australia’s largest asset owners, operators and private corporations across a range of industries including electricity, water, rail, transport, oil, gas, defence, industrial and manufacturing.

Multiworks was established by Alan Psaila and Richard Crosby in 2003, with its mission to deliver quality projects that were focused on strong working relationships with clients. Having developed the capabilities and expertise to undertake some of Australia’s most complex and critical infrastructure projects, Multiworks has evolved from a family-owned company to one of Australia’s preeminent civil construction and building contractors. Multi-skilled and multi-faceted, Multiworks is a leading provider of construction services to some of Australia’s largest asset owners, operators and private corporations across a range of industries including electricity, water, rail, transport, oil, gas, defence, industrial and manufacturing. From humble beginnings the business has now grown to over 100 employees and delivers major civil engineering and building projects in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. With tier one accreditation and class-leading safety systems, Multiworks prides itself on providing a safety first, non-contractual, client-focused approach to the management and delivery of projects.

Small to Medium Enterprise: Leadership & Culture Award

FBR Limited (ASX:FBR) is an Australian robotics company that designs, develops and builds dynamically stabilised robots to address global needs. These robots are designed to work outdoors using the company’s core Dynamic Stabilisation Technology (DST™). FBR is commercialising products for the construction sector together with DST™ enabled solutions for other industries.

At FBR, we understand to demonstrate a high level of WHS skill relating to leadership and culture, it was important for our leaders to consult, agree, and communicate a shared purpose, values and clarified expected behaviours. It was not just about our leaders saying safety is important around here, it was a clear message that our leaders create a culture that is enduring. In concert with one of our values “We are one team” and an underlying behaviour, “we always make it our number one priority to make sure everyone goes home safely”, our leaders have given health and safety priority in all work processes and decisions

Global Safety Index provides organisations with the ability to measure, monitor and benchmark their safety performance across four key areas; Safety Leadership, Safety Culture, Mental Health Literacy and Safety Output Results, allowing organisations to improve their safety and wellbeing performance using data-driven insights. GSI has over 64,000 users and approximately 4,000,000 data points, making it the largest integrated safety leadership, culture and mental health literacy measurement tool in the world.

Global Safety Index was developed to support organisations measure, monitor and benchmark their workplace health and safety leadership and culture. Global Safety Index developed the Safety Leadership Index and Safety Culture Index to help provide granular insights to shape an organisations safety performance and understand the specific areas of leadership and culture that are influencing the safety and wellbeing of an organisation.

Interchange’s story begins in 2013, when, having worked as a consultant for over 14 years, founder and MD Gabrielle Harris (Gabe to most) set out to build a business that would bring something new and exciting to the world of organisational culture, behaviour and performance. Today, we have grown into a diverse team of specialist consultants, creatives, strategists, producers and facilitators, with an extended network of carefully selected project team members coming on board to ensure supply always meets demand. Interchange’s strategies are based on contemporary theories of organisational psychology and brought to life through creative executions spanning film, events and experiences, curated learning environments, emerging technologies and more. Using this model, we have helped Australian organisations of all shapes and sizes as well as international businesses in NZ, the UK, USA, India, Singapore, Malaysia and more. Instilling change isn’t about paperwork or PowerPoint presentations. It’s about understanding what makes people tick and responding with meaningful messages delivered in new and interesting ways.

Young Safety Leader of the Year

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Madeleine Page is the H&S Business Partner at Aurecon for the Victorian and South Australian regions. She graduated with a Bachelor of OHSScience (Hons) from the University of Qld and first begun her career in the construction industry before moving into professional services. Madeleine is one of the youngest Business Partners in Aurecon, to sit on a Regional Leadership team and has experience across utilities, construction and engineering industries. She balances experience in safety with a strong passion for mental health and wellbeing, and support for young workers. Madeleine believes that the key to team success is an inclusive team culture that enables innovation, fosters psychological safety, encourages people to voice their issues and ideas for safety, and empowers people to prioritise their wellbeing inside and outside of work to be successful.

With a formwork carpentry and general structural construction trade background, Lex Hanegraaf is a Work Health, Safety, Environment and Quality management professional in the role of HSEQ Manager for construction company Built Environs – part of the McConnell Dowell Group.

With experience on some of South Australia’s largest construction projects including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Lex has ensured the highest standards across all aspects of WHSEQ business operations were consistently achieved. Outside of work, Lex has seen a successful 13-year career in Boxing and Muay Thai representing Australia internationally with continued involvement with the sports. Activities and involvements; – Chairperson; South Australian Construction Safety Alliance (SACSA) – Guest lecturer – UniSA (Construction Management – WHS) – Muay Thai referee and judge – Muay Thai and Boxing coach.

Danielle Shelley (Danni) is a passionate WHS professional, who is an exceptionally quick learner and takes significant pride in embracing key ingredients required to develop strong team culture and safety leadership. As a safety professional Danni exhibits outstanding interpersonal, technical and leadership skills that are critical in the success of any team. Danni has a proven track record for showing genuine care for our workers and enjoys working closely with supervisors and work crews to find the safest and most productive solutions to issues. Since 2019, Danni has been working at our Kwinana Manufacturing and Fabrication Facility and was recently promoted to Senior Advisor – Heath, Safety and Environment. She has 10 years industry experience across oil and gas, and mining resources sectors. Across these industries Danni has been fortunate to have worked within fabrication, construction and operational plant environments. Since commencing with AusGroup, Danni has helped to elevate the WHS performance and standards at the Kwinana Facility. Her ability to influence the workshop leaders certainly plays a significant role in raising the bar on WHS standards and performance in our workshop. The level of compliance has increased, and so too has our workplace culture and care for one another.

Kayleigh joined Multiworks as a receptionist in 2017, and has since transitioned into a HSEQ Coordination role, where she leads as a health and safety representative on one of Victoria’s most complex electrical infrastructure upgrades, where they have acheived zero Lost Time Injuries in 1,103 working days to date. Kayleigh consistently achieves excellence in health and safety and promotes safer work practices. She uses her keen powers of observation to routinely identify safety inconsistencies and initiate strategies to WHS outcomes both small and large. Kayleigh’s background in teaching English as a second language brings a natural affinity for communication. This might involve speaking to a site supervisor about a piece of equipment being out-of-date for inspection, or initiating a company-wide safety campaign and the communications to support it.

Zach is passionate about the thoughtful development of work health and safety professionals within the civil construction sector. He provides support to infrastructure projects throughout South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in the transport, airport, defence and rail sectors. Experience in a diverse portfolio of projects, clients and employee cohorts has enabled Zach to leverage ideas borne at the front line and integrate tangible and simple tools to improve the efficiency of the safety function on site. He is dedicated to positively influencing the value-proposition of the safety discipline by challenging traditionally prescribed core technical knowledge with a commercially-focused and pragmatic approach.

Health & Safety Professional of the Year

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Tanya Cunningham is an experienced Health & Safety Team Leader with a career spanning 15 years in various industries including oil and gas, construction, mining and Disability Support Services.

With extensive knowledge and skills in safety leadership, and a genuine enthusiasm for people and their wellbeing and sharing of best practises through networks. She has a keen interest in improving workplace health and safety outcomes through greater collaboration with the workforce. She also plays and active role in the development of the OHS profession as a sessional lecturer and tutor at Edith Cowan University.

Tanya is passionate about improving worker safety by ensuring they inform the processes. She is professional in her approach but also very approachable and practical with problem solving problems. Historically there are few OSH professionals in this sector to guide organisations in best practice.

Tanya values networks and relationships for the benefit of not only the organisations learning but of the profession. Tanya continues to impress with her diligence and structured approach to improvements but also her breath of activities she can progress in the organisation at any one time.


Health & Safety Representative of the Year

Pat has had a technical mindset from a young age. Some say he was mischievous; drilling holes around the home using a toy electric motor. He simply thought of this as innovative, exploring and learning which was the catalyst for his journey today. Employed as an Electromechanical Design Engineer, with over 30 years’ experience in the engineering manufacturing sector, extensive knowledge in tooling, maintenance, R&D testing and mechanical engineering. Quality and Safety is a strong focus, whether at home or work. A pivotal moment was when his two uncles lost fingers using woodwork machinery, driving home the importance of safety. Pat lives and breathes safety as a core value with all life experiences e.g. skydiving 200+ jumps, 4×4 driving, motorcycling and various water sports. What some consider high risk or hazardous, Pat saw as adventurous, fun and fulfilling with safety being of upmost importance in life. “It’s my nature and safe mindset that has allowed me to fulfill my goals in life”, Pat Vitalone. Pat leads by example and spread the safe culture to others.

Pat leads by example and spread the safe culture to others. Pat leads from the front and embodies a culture of care at Schneider Electric, advocating and caring for his own health, safety and wellbeing and that of others. Pat really “walks the talk.” He participates in all things safety and has demonstrated this by in addition to the HSR role being a key member of the Emergency Management Team as a Deputy Chief Warden and First Aider.

Inspector of the Year

Ian Firth, State Inspector, SafeWork NSW Before joining the regulator Ian had a background as a Clinical Psychologist in workplace support services. Ian is currently the State Inspector for the Psychological Health and Safety Team at SafeWork NSW. Ian’s role involves participating in the national agenda, contributing to the development of guidance material, providing advice to industry and the Inspectorate, and responding to complex matters and investigations. Ian was also recently involved in the development of the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy and the NSW draft code of practice for managing psychosocial hazards.

Frank is currently serving as a Senior Inspector in the petroleum safety domain for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) in Western Australia. He has over 14 years of experience in the oil, gas and geothermal sector specialising in engineering, construction, production and decommissioning. During his career, Frank has systematically improved operational efficiencies by integrating digital innovations and reducing workers’ exposure to high risk activities. He has also contributed to delivering one of the most technically challenging geothermal wells ever drilled in Australia – pushing the limits of current technologies of that time and completing the well to high safety and operational standards. Frank is passionate about achieving sustainable industrial development that balances the current needs without compromising future generations. A strong advocate of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Frank believes that the goals can help align business and industry policies to promote decent work and economic growth for all stakeholders. He also  believes that innovation in the workplace brings sustainable development in good health, reduces accidents, enhances efficiency and improves safety knowledge sharing. This approach has shown to result in workforce agility, reduced operating costs, boosting performance and productivity.

Adam Brennan has had a long career at SafeWork SA as an WHS Inspector, Coming to SafeWork SA from the Automotive Industry from Holden and Tenneco. Adam has worked in many parts of the agency and is currently a WHS Inspector in the Psychosocial and Industrial Relations Team.

Adam has been the lead Inspector on a complicated long term file that has been dealing with loading structures and passenger loading for the water ferries between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) South Australia. The ferries provide vital services between the mainland and Kangaroo Island in relation to tourism and freight transport, including livestock.

Harold Greenwood Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Dennis Else has diverse experience and demonstrated long-term commitment to health and safety, both in Australian and internationally throughout his career. 

From his position as Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head, Department of Safety, Hygiene and Environmental Health at the University of Aston, Birmingham, England.

Dennis came to Australia in 1984 to take up the role of Director, Victorian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (VIOSH) at the then Ballarat University College.

During his time at VIOSH their teaching programs became recognised as providing leading edge OHS professional development with students. VIOSH also gained a reputation for research that considered the organisational context of safety with Dennis supervising a number of PhD students as well as VIOSH being sought out by industry and regulators to undertake specific research. He continues to occasionally still collaborate with leading international and Australian researchers.

Dennis has made an outstanding contribution to national and state OHS policy including his role as the Commissioner within the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Commission, 1984 – 1991.

Dennis chaired Australia’s Standards Committee on Safety Management during the development of Australia’s first national standard for the management of OHS and coordinated Australia’s input to the development of the International Safety Management Standard – ISO 45001.

He was Chair of the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission for six years. Where he built support for a ten year National OHS Strategy that in 2002 was endorsed by all State and Territory Ministers. This was the first national OHS strategy for Australia.

In 2011 he provided invaluable behind the scenes strategic and tactical advice to inform the development of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.

From 2006 Dennis has been part of the Executive Team at Multiplex where he shaped the business’s strategic direction in relation to health and safety. The resulting Safer by Design Strategy continues to drive the business’s focus on robust control of critical risks upstream in the design and planning of projects and building safety into processes rather than bolting it onto existing processes. 

Through his work with Multiplex, he provides examples of how safety, sustainability and organisational objectives can be integrated to achieve high performing workplaces. He leverages this work to influence the broader construction industry through groups such as NSW Constructors’ Forum.

In 2021, in addition to his position as Executive Director, Sustainability, Safety & Health – Australia & India, Dennis was appointed Global Environment, Safety and Governance Chair for Multiplex.

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