WHS Committee

Work Health Safety Committee

Details for the Committee's meetings and minutes are available for CBE staff.

Chair: Professor Steven Roberts

Co-Chair: Dr Andrew Hughes

Grant Pearson

Student Administrator

Mr Mikheal Meece

Student Services Officer

Dr Tina Kao


Ms Patricia Dennis

Senior School Administrator

Yana Potrebica

General Manager

Mr Richard Farran

Human Resources

Toby McFadden

Manager - WHS and Infrastructure

Kerrie Lawrence

WHS Consultant

Geordie McGuiness

WHS & Facilities Officer

Ms Devyani Gupta

Student Administrator

ANU College of Business and Economics WHS Committee Charter

1         Purpose

The purpose of the ANU College of Business and Economics Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committee (Committee), in co-operation with worker representation and management, is to provide oversight of the College’s Local WHS Plans and implementation of the University WHS Management System, ensuring continuing suitability and system effectiveness.

2         Composition and Tenure

The Committee will include members of management and worker representatives, and shall consist of:

  • Ex officio, Dean (and Chair)
  • Ex officio, General Manager
  • Ex officio, Human Resources Manager
  • College WHS Consultant
  • WHS and Infrastructure Manager
  • College WHS and Facilities Officer
  • College Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)1, 4
  • Area representatives2, 3, 4
  • Research School Directors – attendance optional


  1. The College’s nominated or elected HSRs will be invited to i) attend the Committee meetings and ii) participate on the committee as an area representative
  2. Where a HSR elects not to participate on the committee as an area representative, or is unable to attend, an area representative will be required, by election or nomination
  3. The tenure length of area representatives will be two years. Should they be required to relinquish or cease membership of the Committee early they will be replaced through a nomination and/or call for expression of interest process
  4. A Co-Chair will be elected from within the Committee HSRs and area representatives

3         Roles and Responsibilities

The Committee’s responsibility is to act as an advisory and consultative body in order to facilitate the discussion of relevant WHS topics between management and workers. The key responsibilities of the Committee are to monitor, review and, where appropriate, make recommendations to the Dean and Research School Directors with respect to:

  • Implementation of the University WHS Management System in the areas under the Committee’s control;
  • Development and implementation of the College’s WHS Plans, including advising on appropriate levels of resourcing and management for mitigating WHS risk across the College;
  • College wide WHS issues and performance including review of incident and injury trends;
  • Facilitating cooperation between management and staff in the resolution of WHS issues;
  • Recommendations to the University WHS Committee, where appropriate.

3.1        Chair

The Chair of the Committee must ensure the Committee functions effectively and in line with the Committee Charter. The specific responsibilities of the Chair include:

  • Facilitating Committee meetings and ensuring all members have the opportunity to raise and discuss issues;
  • Allocating responsibilities or actions to members of the Committee in relation to WHS issues raised;
  • Liaising with the WHS Consultant regarding WHS issues raised, to ensure expert advice is provided regarding the relevant issue; and
  • Ensuring Committee members complete the required training programs;

3.2        Committee Members

Committee members have the following operational responsibilities. To:

  • Consult regularly with workers they represent regarding WHS issues relevant to their areas;
  • Attend meetings and, where appropriate, communicate WHS matters to respective areas;
  • Review the College’s WHS performance, recommend improvement opportunities and ensure actions are taken;
  • Participate in the consultation process of changes to the University’s WHS policies, procedures and programs;
  • Complete WHS Committee member training;
  • Complete the WHS Due Diligence Framework training;
  • Complete other WHS training as identified at Committee meetings; and
  • Promote a strong WHS culture.

3.3        WHS Consultant

The WHS Consultant is required to facilitate the Committee including assisting the chair organise and run the Committee effectively and in line with the Committee Charter. The specific responsibilities of the WHS Consultant include:

  • Ensuring an agenda is developed, approved by the Chair and circulated to the members of the Committee prior to every meeting. The structure of the agenda will be based on the WHS Management System Handbook standing agenda template;
  • Acting as Secretariat to the WHS Committee, ensuring minutes are produced that accurately represent the discussions and events which took place at every meeting;
  • Distributing meeting minutes to Committee members and uploading approved minutes to the CBE Health and Safety website;
  • Assisting the Chair by ensuring all members of the Committee complete the required training modules; and
  • Providing expert advice in regard to WHS issues raised and discussed during meetings and providing information on the performance of the Local WHS Plan and wider university issues.

4         WHS Committee Functions

4.1        Committee Meetings

The Committee shall meet quarterly or as required by the Chair. The Chair is required to call an additional meeting if asked to do so by at least half of the Committee members.

A forward meeting plan, including meeting dates, location and agenda items, will be agreed by the Committee each year.

4.2        Committee Meeting Quorum

The ANU College of Business and Economics WHS Committee meetings are quorate when at least a minimum of five Committee members are present, and there is a majority of worker representatives (elected HSR or area worker representative).

Management representatives may act in the capacity of an observer in order to achieve majority worker representation requirements, if required. 

4.3        Formation of Sub-Committees Reporting

The Committee will report quarterly to the University WHS Committee on relevant matters pertaining to:

  • WHS strategies;
  • WHS Local Plan performance;
  • WHS local Training Plan performance;
  • Corrective actions;
  • WHS incidents and corrective actions; and
  • Any other WHS matters of concern.

5         Issue Resolution

WHS issues are investigated in accordance with WHS Management System Handbook Chapter 3.17 Raising and Resolving WHS Issues and Managing Complaints. The resolution process to any WHS dispute in the Committee should be documented within the Committee meeting minutes, recorded in Figtree and reported to University WHS Committee for noting.

6         Program Evaluation

In order to ensure the ANU College of Business and Economics WHS Committee Charter continues to be effective and suitable for the Committee’s purposes, this Charter should be reviewed regularly (at a minimum of every two years or in line with WHS Management System Handbook changes) by the WHS Consultant, in consultation with the Committee and be updated to correct any deficiencies. All changes must be communicated to the Committee.

(Last updated 12DEC2019)