Panel discussion announced

1 July 2020

We are pleased to announce the first panel discussion for our Minesafe International Digital Conference 2020, ‘Towards risk-based safety and health regulation in the resources sector – progress, priorities, and challenges’.

The nature and practice of mining in Australia have changed profoundly over recent decades, bringing with it a substantial reduction in the rate of high-risk incidents, serious injuries and fatalities across the sector.

While Australia’s resources professionals today benefit from one of the world’s most effective and sophisticated safety and health frameworks, mining activities still carry high inherent risk, and many challenges remain.

But what does risk-based regulation mean in the contemporary mining environment? The recent introduction of industrial manslaughter laws in many Australian states suggests an increasing emphasising on strong enforcement powers, but is the whole story? How do regulators orient themselves to manage critical risks, leverage functional expertise and maintain the integrity of core safety and health processes?

The conference will bring together a panel of experts in mine safety and health regulation to discuss precisely these questions.

Leaders from the NSW, QLD, WA and NZ regulators will join in a conversation moderated by Michael Tooma, Managing Partner at Clyde & Co, to discuss progress, priorities and challenges for regulating safety and health in the contemporary mining landscape.



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Michael Tooma

Managing Partner at Clyde & Co


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Garvin Burns

Executive Director Mine Safety Inspectorate – Chief Inspector of Mines, Resources Regulator, Department of Regional NSW

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Andrew Chaplyn, MAusIMM

Director Mines Safety, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)

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Hermann Fasching

Chief Inspector of Mines – Mineral Mines and Quarries at Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland

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Paul Hunt

Chief Inspector Extractives in the High Hazards Unit, Worksafe New Zealand


To join the discussion, register now with the early bird rate >

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