Future-Proofing Safety Summit

Improve your industry knowledge and stay ahead of the curve

  • July 30th - August 2nd, 2019
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Square


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-Forecast future trends in safety practices
-Practical strategies to take safety into the future
-Leverage innovation & new technology
-Techniques for engaging staff & driving change


Paul Cook

Paul Cook is the Global Head of Health & Safety at Aurecon - a global engineering, management and specialist technical services company. Aurecon has an office network spanning 28 countries, and over 7,500 people throughout 12 industry groups, with a net revenue of over AUD1.0 billion. Paul has over 25 years’ experience in HSE management and executive roles with a proven track record of delivering improved HSE performance across a diverse range of industries and cultures. Paul has worked in industry sectors including oil and gas, minerals, metals and mining, FMCG and building products, in locations such as Australia, Asia, Europe (including Former Soviet Union), Africa and the USA.

Global Head of Health & Safety

  • Matthew Gray
    Head of Training & Checking
  • Peter Abrahams
    National Health, Safety & Risk Manager
  • Nikki Blair
    General Manager, HSEQ
  • Duncan Flindle
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Australian Defence Force


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Understanding new work health & safety legislation
Cognitive upskilling with VR and eye-tracking technology
Frameworks & controls to take safety into the future
The changing nature of work & expectations from the regulator
Address inattention using applied neuroscience
The evolution of the safety professional
Measuring success in an evolving safety culture
Embrace early adaptation & innovation
Leverage software & technology to drive success
Engage the workforce using digital & social media
Pro-active risk reduction in mental health
Establish buy-in for innovative safety strategies
Structure an OHS department in a decentralised model
Compliance or Engagement
Facing the future together
Using the brain as personal protective equipment
Pre-summit Workshop

30 Jul


To achieve a low-risk workplace, you must build trust by consulting your staff on safety procedures and practices. This workshop will help you clarify your responsibilities under WHS law and shows you how to build an innovative, cooperative and profitable organisation.

Understand human action through context

-Disciplinary insights

-Define the problem or state the focus question

-Justify using an interdisciplinary approach

Build a resilient and safe organisation

-Nurture a healthy workplace

-Benefits of building a resilience workforce

-Establish a high-performance organisation

Essential duties and responsibilities under WHS law

-Organisations and their duties

-Manage health and safety risks

-Find the right arrangements

Policy and legislative framework

-Understand the essentials

-Monitor workers health and safety conditions

-Focus on action

Summit Day One

31 Jul

Case Study

Qantas is using a range of strategies to become leaders in flight training. When implemented, this technology will revolutionise industry training.

- Revamp learning strategies and technologies

- Collaborate to maximise results

- Lessons learnt and practical advice for progression

  • Matthew Gray Head of Training & Checking Qantas

Case Study

Technological advancements improve safety, but culture is critical for creating a safe future. Discover how the right mix of technology and culture will generate immense success.

-Learn from mistakes

-Radical changes to develop a self-correcting organisation

-Technology versus culture

  • Duncan Flindle Lieutenant Colonel Australian Defence Force

Case Study

Improving safety outcomes in the face of reform is a crucial skill. Learn how to navigate the changing nature of work and meet the expectations of the regulator.

-Manage flexible working situations

-Responsibilities for the casual workforce

-Understand the gig economy and the changing world of work

  • Elizabeth Tosti Director, Metropolitan Operations & Sector Initiatives Safework NSW

Expert Commentary

One of the drawbacks of technology is that we rely on it to the point of being inattentive. Explore the impact of inattention on the brain to gain a greater understanding of safety behaviour.

-Understand how inattention contributes to incidents

-The neuroscience of habitual behaviour

-Train yourself to perform safely without relying on technology


The health and safety industry is a multi-disciplinary, ever-changing environment. Hear how the profession has changed, where it is heading, and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

-Focus on health and wellbeing

-Technological change and globalisation

-Explore industry pressures

  • Nikki Blair General Manager, HSEQ Lendlease

  • Lisa McKeown HS&E Strategy, Best Practice & Innovations Manager Laing O'Rourke

  • Francis Boddy Distribution Safety Lead Viva Energy

  • Jenny Smith General Manager People & Safety Lochard Energy

Case Study

Implementing new safety philosophies and moving from theory to practice is no easy task. Explore how to effectively evolve your safety culture and accurately measure success.

- Operationalising Safety-II

- Learnings from QUU’s safety evolution 

- Measure success in a new system

  • Kym Bancroft Health & Safety Manager Queensland Urban Utilities

Expert Commentary

The most successful companies and teams leverage innovation, but this requires system upgrades and procedure changes. Discover how to cultivate adaptability and innovate with confidence.

-Innovative thinking 

-Remove the fear of failure

-Build a resilient team

Summit Day Two

01 Aug

Case Study

While technology can fast-track the success of your safety program, its impact depends on the value afforded to your user. Explore how to maximise the impact of technology in your workplace.

-The importance of a value proposition

-Change management and creating buy-in

-Learn from the past and look into the future

  • Peter Abrahams National Health, Safety & Risk Manager Caltex

Case Study

Aurecon believes that engagement is the key to improving health and safety. By demonstrating and communicating positive safety behaviours, you can develop modern methods that will enhance safety practices.

-The extending reach of personal connection

-Encourage internal communities

-Enhance innovating thinking

  • Paul Cook Global Head of Health & Safety Aurecon

Case Study

In Australia, one-in-two of us will experience poor mental health in our lifetime. Since this impacts workplace safety, prioritising mental health will help reduce risk and improve culture.

-View mental health through a modern lens

-Build awareness and change behaviours

-Support staff to achieve personal autonomy and social connectedness

  • Steve Boothman Group Program Manager, WHS Australian Country Choice


Securing buy-in for new ideas can be tricky. To be successful, you must be able to listen, engage, collaborate and communicate with key stakeholders.

-Generate excitement for change

-Inclusive approaches to decision making

-Lead with a proactive and positive mindset

  • Kevin Morrison General Manager, HSEQ Comdain Infrastructure

  • Danny Harnedy Head of Safety, Health & Environment Aurizon

  • Kym Bancroft Health & Safety Manager Queensland Urban Utilities

Case Study

A flatter organisational structure places safety ownership on operations managers. This session will examine what this means for the OHS department.

-The ratio of workers per OHS professional

-Reporting lines and independence

-Increase structural effectiveness

  • Francis Boddy Distribution Safety Lead Viva Energy

Case Study

Will innovation in safety be focused on systems, design and engineering or will it be focused on people? Does safety need to change from a compliance based system to one that ensures the employees are engaged? Hear from Adam as he discusses why he thinks the greatest improvements will come from:

- focusing on people and what helps them function at their best

- ensuring systems, are simple and allow for free-thinking and responsibility 

  • Adam Turns Safety Manager Lendlease Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture (LSBJV)


Jonathan will bring together the themes and ideas explored throughout the conference. He will summarise takeaways and offer suggestions for facing the future.

-Key lessons gained from the summit

-Essential skills to help you succeed

-Develop an action plan moving forward

Post-summit Workshop

02 Aug


What people plan to do is separate from how they act. By developing a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour and motivations, you can build secure safety initiatives. Discover how to maintain a safe workplace by sharpening attention and keeping employees out of autopilot mode.

The automatic inattention pattern

-Develop awareness of inattention

-Recognise attention disrupters

-Methods to break the pattern

Minimise unintentional mistakes

-Strengthen planning an execution

-Identify the different types of human error and how to manage them

-Break down complex tasks

Implement an effective approach

-Ensure that your safety training efforts stick

-The role of supervisors and line managers in promoting safe behaviour

-Generate commitment and buy-in for safe procedures

Visions of the future from a neuroscience perspective

-A deeper understanding of human behaviour

-Solutions to complex problems

-Forward-thinking processes


Novotel Sydney Darling Square

17 Little Pier Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

02 8217 4000

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