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January 30
Nominations invited for the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council

​The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice invites nominations for a current vacancy on the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council. Nominations are sought from individuals with the Northern Territory who:

  • have experience in one or more of the industry sectors in the Northern Territory; and
  • are representatives of organisations representing employers or organisations representing employees.

Individuals with experience in the transport, hospitality or health and community services industries are encouraged to apply.

The Work Health and Safety Advisory Council comprises of no more than ten members appointed by the Minister and a member constituting the Work Health Authority.

The Council's functions are to:

  • keep under review the operation of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act;
  • make recommendations to the Minister on possible changes to:
    • the administration of the Act; or
    •  standards of work health and safety in the Northern Territory;
  • at the request of the Minister, investigate and report to the Minister on matters relating to work health and safety;
  •  other advisory functions relating to work health and safety as the Minister directs.

An appointed member holds office for the period, not exceeding two years, specified in the appointment. Sitting fees are available to members.

Please forward your written applications to:

Secretariat for Work Health and Safety Advisory Council
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722

or by email to

For enquiries contact the Council Secretariat on 8999 5120 or via email to the above address.

Applications close: Close of Business Wednesday 13 February 2019.

January 08
Ryan’s legacy to improve safety culture in commercial fishing industry

​The death of Ryan Donoghue in 2013 on a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Carpentaria has left a lasting legacy in the Australian commercial fishing industry.

The SeSAFE program has been developed to raise safety awareness, and deliver training and education to an industry that is recognised as one of the highest risk industries in the Australia.

The main component of the SeSAFE program is a Learning Management System (LMS) consisting of multiple training modules designed to deliver work health and safety information to fishers and aquaculture workers prior to working on the water.

As part of their enforceable undertaking with NT WorkSafe, Austral Fisheries has provided additional funding to make the SeSAFE modules available to organisations involved in the training and education of workers in the NT fishing industry. Additional program funding has been provided by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

For more information on the SeSAFE program, visit

Read Ryan's Legacy Statement


December 13
Shipping company pleads guilty over deckhand’s death

​A Darwin shipping company has been convicted and fined $190,000 in the Darwin Local Court after the death of the 37 year old deckhand Daniel Bradshaw.

Conlon Murphy Pty Ltd, trading as Barge Express, pleaded guilty on Thursday 13 December 2018 to one breach of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

Mr Bradshaw was a fly in-fly-out worker, who worked four week shifts on board the vessel Sammy Express. During his shifts, Mr Bradshaw and other crew were accommodated on board the vessel.

On the morning of 8 January 2017, Mr Bradshaw was found deceased in the water between the Sammy Express and the wharf at Hudson Creek. Mr Bradshaw had multiple fractures consistent with striking a solid object after falling from a height and his toxicology report returned a high blood alcohol reading.

NT WorkSafe Executive Director Stephen Gelding said if Barge Express had monitored and implemented their own safety policies and procedures, in all likelihood Mr Bradshaw would not have died.

“On the day of the incident, no gangway was in place for the Sammy Express, even though the company’s Shipboard Safety Management Manual stated a gangway must be rigged in order to secure safe access.”

“Instead of rigging a gangway, the crew of the Sammy Express were jumping from the vessel onto a tyre which was tied to the wharf as a fender, and then climbed up ropes onto the wharf,” Mr Gelding said.

“It also seemed to be an accepted practice for workers to drink alcohol in the workshop after hours, despite the Barge Express’s fitness for work policy stating no person would be allowed to enter a workplace or carry out work while under the influence alcohol or drugs.”

“I urge all businesses to make sure their work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures are properly implemented, monitored and reviewed.”

“Hold regular safety meeting to reinforce your policies and procedures and encourage feedback from your workers as part of the review process,” Mr Gelding said.

Barge Express was also required to pay court costs of $1,500 and a victim levy of $1,000.

Charges were also laid against Nicholas Mitchell, Master of the Sammy Express. This matter is still before the courts.

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