Grant Lovelock commences as new Federal Safety Commissioner
Mr Grant Lovelock has been appointed as the new Federal Safety Commissioner. This follows the recent departure of Mr Alan Edwards, who was appointed to the position in 2013.
Grant brings with him a wealth of public sector experience having worked across the main stables of public administration, including strategy and policy design, funding and program delivery and governance. He has held senior executive roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Regional Australia, Arts and Sport, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Industry and the Department of Education and Training.
Prior to joining the Department of Jobs and Small Business in July 2017, Grant worked extensively in skills and vocational training policy at the Federal level in both the education and industry portfolios. Most recently this was as a senior executive leading national policy and funding reform in relation to apprenticeship and industry workforce training delivery.
Grant believes the building and construction industry is a dynamic and diverse industry that is of critical importance to the Australian economy. Grant has said:
“The Scheme is critical to improving the culture of WHS in the building and construction industry, particularly as technology continues to disrupt the way we think about health and safety. I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to such an important and worthwhile Scheme that has already done so much to promote a systems based approach to reducing injuries and improving safety for building and construction workers on sites across the country. I look forward to ensuring the Scheme remains the standard that industry aspires to, and provides value and incentive to those companies that earn accreditation”.
Grant thanks members of the OFSC for ensuring a smooth transition, and is looking forward to working with building and construction industry stakeholders to foster a safer industry.