Strong attendance at Adelaide and Perth Roadshows

The national OFSC information roadshow tour continued with visits to Adelaide and Perth on 23 and 24 July. Over 170 people attended the two events, bringing the total number of attendees across the six cities visited thus far to more than 470.

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards presents the keynote address in Adelaide

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards presents the keynote address in Adelaide

 

The roadshows at CCF House in Adelaide and HBF Stadium in Perth followed similar roadshows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra, and again were well received. Participants overwhelmingly rated the roadshows practical and informative and also provided the OFSC with important feedback regarding areas where further clarity could be provided in the guidance material.

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards presents the keynote address in Adelaide

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards explains changes to building work covered by the Scheme in Perth

 

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards thanked the Civil Contractors Federation and Master Builders for their assistance in arranging the roadshows. He also thanked the companies for their ongoing support of the roadshows and the Scheme generally, noting that “one of the key strengths throughout the review into the Scheme was the strong sense of collaboration we had with our industry stakeholders, and it’s important that we maintain this level of engagement throughout the implementation phase.”

The roadshows comprise a keynote address by Alan Edwards explaining the streamlining improvements resulting from the Review. Attendees then split into two workshops.

The first workshop is for accredited companies to discuss changes to the audit criteria and guidance and target areas of frequent confusion in the past – such as Safe Work Method Statements, health surveillance and monitoring and verification of competency requirements. It also explains the introduction of a risk-based compliance model. The second workshop for unaccredited companies explains what companies can expect during the accreditation process and how to be prepared.

Audit and Accreditation Team Director Julie Rheese and Federal Safety Officer Brett Jones answer questions in Perth

Audit and Accreditation Team Director Julie Rheese and Federal Safety Officer Brett Jones answer questions during the unaccredited company workshop in Perth.

 

The next roadshow is in Darwin on Tuesday 18 August at Master Builders NT.