These reference groups are used as advisory bodies to provide an industry voice when changes to the Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) are proposed.

The two groups are consulted on a range of relevant topics and can provide advice to the FSC on emerging construction industry trends.

The FSC’s active participation in these groups is an important part of the Office’s overall industry and stakeholder engagement and helps promote news, events and updates from the Office.

The Industry Reference Group

The role of the IRG is to:

  • Provide advice and assistance to the FSC in the policy development, implementation and review of the FSC's functions and operations;
  • Provide advice and feedback on construction WHS issues of concern or interest to industry;
  • Provide advice and assistance to the FSC in identifying potential high-risk building materials;
  • Promote the sharing of information to ensure the Scheme continues to add value and sets a benchmark for best practice approaches to safety;
  • Facilitate communication and consultation between industry bodies and accredited companies to achieve positive safety outcomes and Scheme recognition; and
  • Identify opportunities to maximise WHS improvements across the building and construction industry.

Members are drawn from a cross-section of industry bodies and accredited companies to ensure a balance of views.

Industry Reference Group (IRG) members

Mr Tony Aloisio
General Manager Corporate Services & National Safety Manager
Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd

Mr Mark Scott
National QSE Manager
Grocon Constructions Pty

Mr Shaun Schmitke
Deputy CEO
Master Builders Association

Mr Martin Smith
General Manager Health, Safety and Environment and Sustainability
John Holland Group Pty Ltd

Mr Dane Brown
SQE Systems Manager
Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Mr Graeme Silvester
General Manager
CPB Contractors Pty Ltd

Mr Richard Whipp
HSE Manager
Watpac Construction Pty Ltd

Mr Ritchie Green
QSE Director
Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Mr Lindsay Le Compte
Executive Director
Australian Constructors Association

Mr Philip Smith
Group Executive - Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality
Shape Australia Pty Ltd

Mr Nick Zardo
Managing Director, Guideline Civil Engineering Contractors
Civil Contractors Federation

Dr Ross Trethewy
Head of Environment, Health & Safety, Building
Lend Lease Pty Ltd

Mr John Morris
Excutive Manager Human Resources and SEQ
Urban Maintenance Systems Pty Ltd

Mr Rick Mc Clelland
Safety and Systems Manager
Pacific Services Group Holdings Pty Ltd

The Australian Government Agency Reference Group 

The role of the AGARG is to:

  • Provide advice and assistance to the FSC in the policy development, implementation and review of the FSC's functions and operations;
  • Provide advice and feedback on WHS construction issues of concern or interest to client agencies
  • Promote the sharing of information to ensure the Scheme continues to add value and sets a benchmark for best practices approaches to safety;
  • Facilitate communication and consultation between agencies to achieve positive safety outcomes and Scheme recognition; and
  • Promote the Australian Government's role as a champion and model client for WHS improvement.

Members are drawn from major Australian Government construction and procurement and funding agencies.

Both groups aim to meet regularly and occasionally have joint meetings where issues of relevance to both groups can be openly discussed.

Australian Government Agency Reference Group (AGARG)
  • Australia Post
  • Australasian Procurement and Construction Council
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • Comcare
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Safe Work Australia