Health and Safety CONFERENCE

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The Brave New World – Navigating the WHS Landscape

Samantha Betzien
Partner, MinterEllison

Rhian O’Sullivan
Special Counsel, MinterEllison

In 2018 there were a number of amendments to the resources safety legislation in Queensland including in relation to contractor management and the introduction of a positive obligation on officers to exercise due diligence. This positive obligation is a significant change and it is important that organisations in the resources sector conduct a review of their safety governance systems to ensure that their Board and Executives are able to discharge their personal obligations.

Other potential reforms to the Resources Safety Acts have been debated that would essentially bring them into line with the recently amended WHS Act, including in relation to the introduction of an industrial manslaughter offence. There has also been a number of serious safety incidents in the Queensland mining sector which has meant that the Mines Inspectorate is on high alert.

This paper will discuss the amendments, proposed reforms and regulatory environment in the current climate, including providing insights into current industry issues.