Townsville and Cairns Roadshows a success

Following on from last year’s successful national roadshows in major cities across Australia, the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) visited Townsville and Cairns on the 16th and 17th March 2016 in response to interest from local builders. The roadshows were well attended with 19 participants representing 10 organisations in Townsville and 17 attendees from 12 organisations in Cairns.
The roadshows were targeted at regional construction companies and featured a presentation by Federal Safety Commissioner, Mr Alan Edwards, providing an overview of the Scheme and outlining the benefits of accreditation. Separate technical information sessions provided practical assistance to those companies considering accreditation for the first time as well as those already accredited. Participants were able to talk directly to staff from the OFSC as well as the auditors (Federal Safety Officers) about particular audit criteria and the accreditation processes.
Feedback showed participants felt they had a much clearer understanding of the accreditation requirements and a number of participants commented that they felt better equipped to make a decision about applying for accreditation. Participants also valued the opportunity to interact face-to-face with OFSC staff.
The Commissioner thanked Master Builders for hosting the roadshows, and for helping to promote the events to their members. He said of the roadshows “Once again we had a great turn out and some excellent discussion points raised by attendees. It is important that smaller, regionally based construction companies are aware that the Scheme is scale-able and that even very small companies have readily gained accreditation. Any company committed to further improving their safety systems and practices can achieve accreditation and will receive the full support from the OFSC.”

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards presents at the Townsville roadshow on 16 March 2016