Alan Edwards announced as new Federal Safety Commissioner

Mr Alan Edwards has been appointed as the new Federal Safety Commissioner. This follows the recent departure of Mr Jeff Willing, who was appointed to the position in 2010.

Mr Edwards has had extensive experience in the public and private sectors since joining the Australian Public Service in 1985. After working across several departments, he spent many years working as a consultant specialising in the motor trades industries before joining the Department of Education Science and Training in 2005. Since then, he has implemented and managed several major Commonwealth capital programs across the child care, schooling and vocational training sectors. Most recently, Mr Edwards was Branch Manager of the Infrastructure Program Delivery Branch, administering multi-billion dollar infrastructure programs for a range of schools and youth projects.

Mr Edwards believes the Scheme serves an important role in improving the culture of WHS in the building and construction industry, and is looking forward to playing an important role in this key time of change.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile Scheme that has already done so much to promote a systems based approach to reducing injuries and saving lives of working Australians.”

Mr Edwards thanks Julie Rheese for her work as the acting Federal Safety Commissioner over the past few months, and is looking forward to working with her, other members of the OFSC, and building and construction industry stakeholders to further encourage a safer industry.

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards

 New Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards.