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Inspectors support Covid efforts
ORKSAFE Tasmania has
inspected more than 3400
workplaces to check and help
them be COVID Safe since the launch of
the State Government’s COVID-19 Safe
Workplaces Framework in May last year.
Building and Construction Minister
Elise Archer said WorkSafe Tasmania
inspectors were on the frontline educating
businesses to ensure that workplaces were
actively applying COVID-19 controls,
protecting the safety of all Tasmanian
workers and the broader community.
Inspector activities have changed over
the course of the pandemic, initially
working with those essential industries
to develop their COVID-19 controls at
the height of the pandemic, followed by
making door to door visits to ensure that all
businesses preparing to reopen had in place
a COVID Safe Plan.
Ms Archer said inspectors were taking
a supportive and educative approach
Elise Archer, right, with Total Hair &
Beauty proprietor, Lizette Crespan.
to compliance, particularly where genuine
attempts were being made by businesses to
comply with the new way of working.
“Pleasingly, to date, there has been little
need for a directive approach to be taken,
with notices only being issued where there
is elevated risk and/or repeated noncompliance,” she said.
“As at March 11, WorkSafe Tasmania has
issued 43 notices in total to businesses that
have not been complying with their work
health and safety duties in minimising the
risk of the spread of COVID-19.”
Ms Archer said the vast majority of
businesses and venues had been compliant
with notices and had made proactive and
concerted efforts to ensure the safety of
their staff, patrons and customers.
With the lifting of most restrictions,
workplace inspection priority has been
given to those industry sectors where there
is greatest risk due to mixing and density of
These include inspecting high-volume
retail businesses, major shopping centres,
cafes and restaurants, hotels, pubs, clubs
and casinos on weekends.
WorkSafe Inspectors had been working
with Public Health and industry on the
development of Outbreak Management
Plans in high-risk workplaces.
They have also assisted in the
development of a framework for the
management of events.
“With our borders open to low risk
jurisdictions, it is now more important than
ever that we keep on top of COVID,” Ms
“Everyone has a role to play and it is
important we don’t become complacent
with our COVID Safe practices.
“I would like to thank Tasmanians for
their extraordinary efforts in implementing
COVID controls and working cooperatively
with WorkSafe Tasmania inspectors during
these unprecedented times.”
Businesses requiring advice and assistance on COVID-Safe measures can visit
the WorkSafe Tasmania website at www.
worksafe.tas.gov.au, email wstinfo@justice.
tas.gov.auor call the WorkSafe Tasmania
Helpline on 1300 366 322. re:Building and
Currently a senior consultant at BlackCap Group, managing large-scale projects,
Mr Leis has also held senior management
roles at Federal Group and RBF in a finance
and project management career spanning 25
Naomi Walsh FCA, a Teaching Fellow at
the University of Tasmania and member of
various boards including the Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and Tasmanian Building &
Construction Industry Training Board, has
been appointed Vice-Chair.
THE Launceston Chamber of Commerce
has appointed Archana Brammall of Sweetbrew Cafe to the Board of Directors.
For the first time in the chamber’s 171
year history, a majority female Board of Directors. Ms Brammall came to in Tasmania
in 2000 as a visitor, and like so many others
fell in love with it, and stayed. In the intervening 21 years she has enjoyed a successful and sometimes challenging business career; providing employment for more than
Gas pipeline director
FORMER Elphinstone Group managing director Vince de Santis has been appointed a
new director of the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.
Mr de Santis is a solicitor who started his
career in Tasmania before spending several
years working within the energy, resources
and projects works group of a Melbourne
based law firm.
He spent 18 years at Elphinstone, including working as both in-house counsel and
more broadly in finance and investment
management within the company, before a
decade in the MD role.
Mr de Santis is currently the non-executive chairman of Engenco Limited and a
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board member of the Tasmania Development
He brings with him broad awareness and
experience of businesses that are related to
energy, mining, engineering, manufacturing
Mr de Santis lives on the North West Coast
with his family.
New accountants’ chair
CHARTERED Accountants Australia and
New Zealand’s (CA ANZ) Tasmanian Council has announced the appointment of Mark
Leis as its new chair.
DR Kim Backhouse and Mr Patrick O’Halloran have been appointed Deputy Chairpersons to the Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board
The TRAB, established under the Racing
Regulation Act 2004, is responsible for conducting hearings and making determinations
on appeals against decisions of racing stewards, the Director of Racing, Tasracing or
registered race clubs.
Both, who were selected through an Expression of Interest process, are Tasmanian legal
practitioners who bring a wealth of knowledge to the Deputy Chairperson roles, including experience within the racing industry.
Dr Backhouse has extensive experience in
executive and board membership roles while
Mr O’Halloran is a barrister with over 17
years’ experience working in courts and tribunals.
New voice for farmers
TASMANIA’S peak farming body has found
a new chief executive officer who will take
over the reins of the organisation in March.
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association announced this week that the board
has secured a new CEO to take over from
Peter Skillern, when he finishes his term at
the end of March.
The new CEO is John McKew who was
raised on a family farm near Ararat in Victoria.
An established CEO, Mr McKew has extensive experience in the agricultural sector.
The TFGA said Mr Skillern had done
a fantastic job in the role over the last six
KATE McIntosh has been appointed President of Engineers Australia’s Tasmania Division.
Across Australia, females account for only
13 per cent of qualified engineers, under
representation that Ms McIntosh is focused
on changing in her new role.
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