The Australian Wind Construction Collective Presents




VIRTUAL: May 19 - 9am to 1pm (AEST)

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A boom in wind and renewable energy construction is set to take place as projects commence growing exponentially across Australia over the next decade where many indigenous and regional workers have the potential to benefit however, a comprehensive culture of safety is critical from the outset as is the commitment from government and industry to sponsor meaningful employment and training pathways.

The Australian Wind Construction Safety Conference aims to assist the renewables, construction, engineering, and services sector in the planning and implementation of major projects. Facilitated by industry leaders with shared objectives and values on industry safety, training, and community engagement, the intention of the conference is to start the conversation and establish benchmarked safety standards whilst creating training and employment pathways for regional and indigenous workers.

Delivered via live virtual video streaming allowing you to connect, engage, network, and have live face to face group and one on one discussions, the objective of the Australian Wind Construction Safety Conference is to promote industry awareness and the relationship safety performance holds with the key elements of project H&S frameworks.


The Australian Wind Construction Collective

The Australian Wind Construction Collective is a collaboration of industry leaders participating in Yaamagara – an Australian Wind Construction Collective initiative established by industry leaders under the shared objective of building resilience into remote projects and establishing a baseline in safety performance whilst creating a training pathway for regional and indigenous workers.

With Yaamagara phase 1 complete, the Australian Wind Construction Collective was formalised by Risk Services Australia in collaboration with Wright Training and Aboriginal Insights to fund the Australian Wind Construction Safety Conference 2022 – a conference designed to promote industry awareness of the performance in wind construction and to support tangible positive outcomes in training and employment.

An Australian story, a shared path.

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Pierre De Villiers

Compass Group

The Scene: Industry performance in working remotely.

Wind turbines are increasingly placed in remote areas far away from established medical facilities and townships. The remoteness of many current and future wind power facilities means workers must have a higher-than-average degree of self-reliance and be thoroughly coached in all aspects of safety. Having overseen the installation of over 1000 wind turbines and been instrumental in supporting industry best practice via the adoption of safety and risk management, Pierre will discuss industry performance in working remotely and safely, and the challenges of remote and regional work in the context of safety culture and leadership.

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Jolleen Hicks

Aboriginal Insights

The Values: Cultural Values, Australian Values .

Australia is on a Reconciliation journey that involves identifying and supporting opportunities for Indigenous Australians to participate in industries like the Wind Industry through training, employment, education, and business opportunities. The Wind Industry promotes strong values around safety and Aboriginal cultures are based on collective responsibilities and obligations that place family first.  Jolleen Hicks will speak about how the Wind Industry can be a leader in Reconciliation by taking actions that will support and empower Aboriginal Australians to take a respectful place in this industry as stakeholders, employees, businesses, cultural advisors, and partners.

Aboriginal Insights

James Thomas

Risk Services Australia Pty Ltd

The Strategy: Australian values, Project values, Leading frameworks, Leading industry practices. 

Australia is on the cusp of a significant level of onshore wind turbine construction and there is a challenging level of experience for this type of specialist work in the crane sector, particularly when it comes to the levels of expertise required of operators and crane crews under specialised lifts Training in installation safety and safe work practices is currently informal and lacking oversight and with the absence of industry set guidelines, Yaamagara initiative established a series of workshops within its national construction safety forum to peer review the key elements of contract Health & Safety specifications that make up major project H&S frameworks. With the mobilisation of local and international wind turbine installation companies, the values, leadership, and the H&S standards they hold form the baseline in safety performance on projects. James’ session will outline quality H&S frameworks, that create value and drive positive outcomes in safety performance by introducing organisational strategy and leadership commitment when managing the major project risk profile.

Risk Services Australia

Claire Wright

Wright Training

The Training in Turbine: Industry performance in training needs analysis of turbine access and rescue planning.

Claire Wright will discuss the disparity between industry performance and the certification being provided to the wind industry and how technicians are not receiving industry focused training which increases the frequency and severity of incidents onsite therefore making them a liability in the wind construction sector. Claire will explain how Emergency Response Plans should provide an overall summary of the actions to be taken in managing an incident and how the majority of most rescue plans are minimal at best making the reliance on in-field technicians vital to the safety of all personnel onsite. In this session, Claire will outline best practice in both training and rescue planning to ensure projects can meet the legal obligations of rescue planning as well as maintaining those standards leading a project to success.

Wright Training Pty Ltd

Patrizia Cassaniti

Let's Talk About Safety

The Cost of Complacency: The social cost of corporate complacency and societal solutions.

Patrizia Cassaniti shares the crucial lessons everyone in construction, manufacturing and engineering need to hear to shift out complacency and create a safe working environment for themselves and all their work mates. Her devastating story is of a tragedy that was never an accident, but an incident waiting to happen, all because of complacency from leadership influence on a project that took her 18-year-old son’s life leading her to create the Touched by Christopher Foundation. Patrizia will take delegates on an emotional and inspiring journey with this powerful and potentially life-saving session where the usual ‘she’ll be right mate’ or ‘it won’t happen to me’ situation will make all leaders evaluate their approach to project planning, leadership team resourcing, and the potential impacts theses decisions have on everyday families.

Let's Talk About Safety

Ramone Close

YINDI Manufacturing

The Community: Contractor success in regional and Indigenous communities.

Ramone Close takes delegates on an employment and business journey through the lens of an Aboriginal person who understands the Aboriginal and Western world and the demands and difficulties faced on both sides of the fence. Ramone will discuss the challenges as a business owner working within Aboriginal communities and how to overcome those challenges including working with the ideologies and constructs within ‘Westernised’ business frameworks. Ramone’s business principles of ‘capacity building, culture and care’ will guide attendees through what works and what doesn’t in employing Aboriginal people in remote communities.

YINDI Manufacturing

Peter Remfrey

Tarntipi Group of Companies

The Community: Projects performance in community engagement.

In the past, regionally focused project organisations haven’t had the appetite or engagement for localised Indigenous employment especially within a soft employment market and in-turn the majority of Indigenous communities within resource rich areas are left behind as the pressure to produce gains momentum. With the real long term benefit of local Indigenous workforce development and the need for both project owners and subcontractors to engage locally prior to the commencement a project, Peter’s session will focus on how to engage with local traditional owners and community stakeholders on a holistic level and how organisations need to engage with those who possess a deep understanding of the area where projects are being developed.  

Tarntipi Group of Companies

Anton Guinea

The Guinea Group

Industry Leadership: Performance under pressure.

Whether it on a wind turbine project, or in life, things go boom and it’s the leaders on the front line who need to deal with every boom situation and do it with control, care, and courage. Anton Guinea takes delegates on his life changing journey starting with his own workplace accident which lead him to create the Guinea Group.  Anton’s session will discuss how to be more resilient and cope with the daily stress that comes with leading others. He will talk about how leadership should be based on conscious control by creating a safe space for workers to engage in the process and share their ideas and opinions without the fear of retribution, ridicule, or resentment thus creating a culture of communication and reporting, where everyone in the organisation is willing to report, and talk about safety, and report incidents, in a no blame and no shame approach.

The Guinea Group

our partners

supporting Sponsors

SBL Solutions provides services to the Wind Industry. Established in 2014 to provide the Industry with a highly skilled and capable work force of Wind Turbine Technicians with back grounds in electrical, mechanical and other skilled trades. 

TeSuCon is an official distributor of Evacuator™, which allows technicians to escape with several people at different locations.

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our mission

To establish a baseline in project safety performance, achieve a step-change in major project delivery and create a pathway of employment for Regional and Indigenous workers.

Our vision

To create an employment pathway for regional and indigenous workers by establishing wind construction bespoke training programs with industry support and where needed, funding.

our values

To bring industry together, collaborate purpose and shared objectives, and to start the conversation to make our industry a safer working environment.