“We’ve established a great foundation to build from, but what matters now is what we do next” reflected Warwick King – CEO, Australia Pacific LNG and Operator Co-Chair of Safer Together’s Safety Leaders Group in his opening address. “It’s 3 years since we first established Safer Together. Although it’s still early days, a lot has happened during this period. So now is a good time to reflect on our journey to date by asking ourselves how have we done? what have we learnt?, and to look ahead to the next 3 years to map out what do we do next, and why?

The latest Forum, held in Brisbane on 05 December 2017, provided an opportunity for senior leaders of all member companies to discuss and share their views on whether they think Safer Together is making a difference in our industry. Encouragingly, the response to this question was a widely-held view that Safer Together has been a driving force for creating a community of safety leaders, whereby Operators and Contractors develop relationships built on openness, trust and a mutual recognition that safety is a leader’s primary responsibility, and that this maturing of safety culture is particularly evident at the senior leadership level.

Steve Ciccone – Regional Director, Wood and Contract Partner Co-Chair of the Safety Leaders Group, introduced the SLG’s view of Safer Together’s strategic direction for the next 3 years. Forum attendees then debated in table groups how Safer Together’s strategic objectives could best be delivered in a practical way, and then shared their insights and ideas with the rest of the room.


“Think Tank” engagement sessions provided an opportunity for each of the Working Group Champions to have a focused conversation with member companies about one of their Group’s programs/products, aimed at exploring issues such as what are the barriers to take-up? how can we do this better? and what do you need to make this happen in your company?  Insights from these conversations were shared with all attendees and will inform what each of the Working Groups does next to drive and support program/product implementation.          


Other highlights of the Forum included:

  • Launch of the new Safer Together website
  • Launch of the revised Heavy Vehicle Specification
  • Updates from each of the Working Groups on what they achieved in 2017, what frustrations and challenges they’ve experienced, and how their products are contributing to a safer industry.

Next Forum (Q2 2018)

Our next Forum event will be held in June 2018, most likely in Toowoomba. We look forward to seeing all member companies represented at the event – we’ll let you know as soon as we have a confirmed date.

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