‘Inside Looking Out’: Sharing lessons to improve safety at Australia’s biggest mining industry safety conference

  • Posted 10 August, 2023
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10 August 2023

Over 1000 industry delegates will converge on the Gold Coast next week for Australia’s largest mining health and safety conference.

Operators, regulators, and safety and health experts will attend the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC) that runs from August 20-23 where the focus is on one thing – ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of every worker in the mining sector.

QMIHSC 2023 Chair, Larnie Mackay, said the event provides the industry with the opportunity to exchange information, network and promote the latest health and safety techniques and initiatives.

“The health and safety of resources workers always has been, and always will be, a core value in the mining sector and is an area in which we will never stop trying to find improvements,” Ms Mackay said.

“When it comes to safety, the mining industry regularly and openly share experiences, ideas and initiatives to improve worker safety across the whole resources sector and this year we’re looking to learn from other industries with a similar safety focus.

“The theme of the 33rd QMIHSC is ‘Inside Looking Out’ and will feature expert speakers and plenary sessions that put a spotlight on workers’ safety and on creating inclusive and welcoming workplaces,” Ms Mackay said.

“An Industry Sharing with Industry discussion will see industry leaders sharing lessons, solutions, and recommendations to prevent future incidents.

“QMIHSC keynote speakers include Neryl Joyce, a diplomat bodyguard who’s worked in the Middle East, Mike Lockwood, a highly regarded aviation professional, and Mel Cooper, Rio Tinto’s global Head of Inclusion and Diversity and this year’s QRC Exceptional Woman in Resources award winner.

The conference is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with delegates travelling from all corners of the world to hear from -leading health and safety experts.

“We encourage all industry CEOs, senior leaders, mine workers and health and safety professionals working in Queensland’s resources sector to register for the conference, which also include award presentations, a gala dinner and so much more,” Ms Mackay said.

“The conference is a key event on the mining industry calendar bringing together mine workers, support services, suppliers, unions, industry, regulators and government to work together to share ideas about new safety innovations and critical health techniques in the pursuit of our goal of an industry with zero serious harm.”

Thank you to BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (Principal Sponsor), Yancoal, Glencore, uvex Safety, Industree Group, Komatsu, Avetta, Anglo American, Simtars, Mining and Energy Union Queensland and the many other sponsors and exhibitors who support the conference.


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The Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference is an initiative to promote health and safety in the Queensland mining industry. The four-day conference provides the industry with the opportunity to exchange information, network and foster proactive health and safety management techniques.

The in-person and online conference is organised by representatives from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Resources Safety and Health Queensland, the Mining & Energy Union Queensland, industry organisations and the Australian Workers’ Union.

The conference boasts a full program of topical sessions, workshops, award presentations and a gala dinner and attracts a wide range of presenters willing to share their knowledge, expertise and insights into important health and safety matters in our industry.