Queensland has appointed its first Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Mr Aaron Guilfoyle.
The appointment of Aaron Guilfoyle follows the best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland which took place on the 5th of April, 2017. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace MP, enforced the best practice review in lieu of the tragic fatalities at Dreamworld and an Eagle Farm worksite in 2016. The process included reviewing all WHSQ’s functions including inspections, investigations, prosecutions, enforceable undertakings, research, strategy and policy development, information and education and awareness campaigns.
On the back of the review, Aaron Guilfoyle was appointed as the first Work Health Safety Prosecutor to streamline the processes underlined by the best practice review.
Mr Guilfoyle worked previously for the Commonwealth as an Assistant Director for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and as a Legal Officer at the Royal Australian Airforce for 11 years.
“He is eminently qualified to become Queensland’s first Work Health and Safety Prosecutor and to provide expert workplace health and safety legal advice to government.” – Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said to Sunshine Coast News.
Don’t miss Mr Guilfoyle who will be presenting his ideas and plans moving forward for his new role as WHS Prosecutor within WHSQ at the WHS Prosecution & Enforcement Conference in June. This timely conference will feature key influencers in the health and safety space including Aaron Guilfoyle and Marie Boland.
The conference will be held on the 19th & 20th June 2019 in Melbourne.