More than 110 Senior line leaders and frontline workforce representatives from 56 member companies gathered together for Safer Together’s first Industry Safety Forum in Darwin on 7th March 2019.

“Safety Innovation through Collaboration” was the theme of the Forum, emphasising that the Northern Territory is ideally positioned to be at the forefront of creating a thriving future for our industry and that embracing innovation – working together collectively to think of, and then implement a better way of doing things - will be an essential part of developing Darwin as a world-class energy hub.

The morning session was a site visit to the INPEX Operated Onshore LNG Gas Facility at Bladin Point, where delegates got to see this impressive facility up close and meet the people that work there. 

INPEX Lab.pngSite visit to INPEX Operated Onshore LNG Gas Facility

INPEX Group.pngSite visit to INPEX Operated Onshore LNG Gas Facility

Delegates reconvened back at the Darwin Convention Centre for the afternoon session, which was opened by Connor Walker, Director of Operations at INPEX and David Boyle, Vice President of Operations, Drilling and Supply Chain at ConocoPhillips.

Conor Walker.pngConor Walker, Director of Operations, INPEX

David Boyle.pngDavid Boyle, Vice President of Operations, Drilling and Supply Chain at ConocoPhillips

MC James O’Loghlin, author, television and radio host, then facilitated an interactive session on innovation and how we can innovate to improve safety. James has kindly agreed to share his presentation material, which can be downloaded here.

Delegates then had the opportunity to engage directly with representatives from the Safer Together Working Groups in a series of booth sessions, to find out more about some of the early projects they’ve been working on and the industry-wide benefits they will deliver. Represented were:

  • Field Verification (Safety Leadership Working Group)
  • Common Industry Competencies (Competence and Behaviour Working Group)
  • Safe Deck Operations (Marine Working Group)
  • Process Safety Survey (Process Safety Working Group)
  • Engaging Frontline Health, Safety and Environment Representatives (Safety Leadership Working Group)
  • Industry Safety Induction (Competence and Behaviour Working Group).

In addition, the “Good to Go” booth provided an opportunity for new and prospective members to find out the benefits of Safer Together for companies that choose to get involved, and to hear the views of a local business that has recently joined.

GTG Booth.jpgWelcoming guests at the "Good to Go" booth

The day ended with a panel session of representatives from Operating Companies, Contract Partner Companies and Regulators in the WA/NT industry who shared their views on the importance of industry alignment and collaboration on safety.

Panel Session.pngPanel session, hosted by James O'Loghlin

The Forum was very well appreciated by the local Darwin community.

"It was very successful from a Northern Territory perspective – to understand what's available from Safer Together and also to experience a site visit to the INPEX LNG facility was excellent. I've got guys that work out on site so I got to see first hand how it all works out there. I learned things that I can take back to our business and share with my team.” (Gemma Mackett, PCM Group).

Next Forum (September 2019)

Our next Forum event for member companies of Safer Together WA/NT will be held in September in Perth. We look forward to seeing all member companies represented at the event.

For more information about Safer Together click here.

To find out how your company can become a member of Safer Together click here or address your query to [email protected].