North West Sydney and Central Coast Safety Group Meeting 

For our final 2021 meeting ( via zoom) John Rodney, Special Counsel at K&L Gates is presenting Dreamworld revisited – an overview of the WHS obligations of Ardent Leisure Ltd, PCBU and Operator of the Dreamworld Park and what went wrong.

In this session, we will focus on:

  • The approach to the assessment of risk and the importance of understanding the fabric of the safety management system for compliance.
  • The role of monitoring, auditing and review and above all, closing out action items.
  • The role of WorkSafe Queensland and the interface of the Regulators role in license requirements for a leisure park,
  • The prosecution outcomes, what are the learnings and did the punishment fit the crime?


Review of the Model Work Health and Safety laws Final report Marie Boland 2018

  • What has changed in New South Wales and practical implications?
  • Legislative change 2022 and beyond.

Presenter: John Rodney is Special Counsel at K&L Gates with extensive experience in employment, industrial and work health and safety law and commercial litigation.  John appears in both state and federal jurisdictions in employment and industrial matters. Through his coal industry service and in particular with the Coal Industry Tribunal and Fair Work Commission, he has extensive experience advising on industrial matters to government.

John has undertaken secondment from private practice, including in a senior legal role to assist, advise and act on industrial and employment matters with Westpac Banking Corporation and for large electricity network provider, AusGrid, including the period of change management from a SOC to a private corporation.

In addition to his industrial expertise, John has been involved in a number of significant work health and safety prosecutions and inquiries including the Gretley Mine, Cross City Tunnel, Lane Cove Tunnel and Pike River Mine NZ disasters and has extensive experience and exposure within the coal mining, metalliferous and extractive industries, power generation and construction industry, and Government.  John has gained significant experience through his involvement in numerous investigations by the regulatory authorities, inquiries and coronial inquests.

He is one of the few lawyers who has acted as an external prosecutor for the SafeWork Authority and was seconded from private practice to the SafeWork Authority as principal solicitor. His extensive experience and knowledge allows him to not only deal with legal issues but also provide advice which offers practical solutions for his clients.


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