VicWater 2023 OH&S Network Forum

Tuesday 24 October 2023

OHS Network Forum 2023 - Graphic Banner V4 - with vicwater logo

Registrations are open for this year's VicWater OH&S Network Forum. We are thrilled to be hosted by Barwon Water for our first in person forum since March 2019!

The theme Driving Safety brings together two areas of important focus for our sector… That of safety when driving, and that of moving (driving), our safety culture and behaviours forward.

It is widely accepted that being out on the roads, is one of the highest safety risks to our people. As a sector we travel significant kilometres, through all variations of terrain and at all hours of the day and night,  and experiencing all variations of road and traffic conditions.

Over the last year particularly, we have heard from representatives across our Network, about the increase in “small” vehicle incidents (and unfortunately a few more significant accidents).

Our challenge is to find ways to better understand what is driving these incidents, and to find effective measures to mitigate the risk. Already we hear ideas for improving situational awareness and “keeping our head in the game”. It seems that in taking the next step in driver safety, we may uncover some strategies that will be key to driving our overall safety culture forward too.

Event Details

When:          Tuesday 24 October 2023

Time:            9:00am registration (Inc. tea & coffee)

                      9:30pm - 3:00pm forum (Inc. morning tea and lunch)

Cost:             Free

Optional:      Tour of Deakin University - (after the Forum)

                      Dinner (self funded) on Tuesday 24th October

                      Attend the OH&S Network Forum virtually

Location:      Barwon Water Head Office

                      55-67 Ryrie St, Geelong 3220

Parking:        No parking at BW but all day on street parking available

                      City of Greater Geelong Parking info can be found HERE

Tour: The tour will include the IISRI Genesis Simulator which is used in automotive design and testing to improve driver safety. Think the simulator rides you might go on at a theme park but these are on steroids and applied to useful things!

Barwon Water Head Office

Accommodation: Accommodation options in Geelong City (walking distance) are:

Registrations close Tuesday 17 October 2023
This is a hybrid event, however we encourage attendance in person for a full experience.

The Program

9.00am - 3.00pm


Registration with tea & coffee


Welcome to Country - Wadawurrung


Opening Message - Rachael Raby, OHS SG Chair


Learning from QLD Mine Safety program - Identifying critical risks and controls
Dr Sean Brady - MD (Forensic Eng.) Brady Heywood


Dona Tantirimudalige, Managing Director, Westernport Water




Driver Safety - Dr Amanda Stephens (Monash Accident Research Centre)


Morning Tea


Safety Executive Group (SEG) Overview - Working more closely with the Network
Rebecca Hanley, Chair - SEG and Wayne Richards, Deputy Chair - SEG


SEG/IWN Workshop - Improving Safety Culture: teaching people to "fish"
Jason Cotton, Program Director, IWN and Elisa Bourke, Deputy Program Director, IWN




SEG/IWN Workshop (continued)


Forum Wrap-up - Rachael Raby, OHS SG Chair


Optional tour to visit Deakin


Dr Sean Brady

Managing Director
Brady Heywood

Dr Amanda Stephens

Senior Research Fellow
Monash University

Jason Cotton

Program Director

Elisa Bourke

Deputy Program Director

Dona Tantirimudalige

Managing Director
Westernport Water

Rebecca Hanley

Executive General Manager Culture and Governance & Corporate Secretary
Coliban Water

Wayne Richards

Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
Greater Western Water

Rachael Raby

Emergency Management Coordinator
Barwon Water

Register your place for the VicWater 2023 OH&S Network Forum

Registrations close Tuesday 17 October 2023
This is a hybrid event, however we encourage attendance in person for a full experience.