Safety and Risk Management Committee

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates
Contact
Meeting agendas and papers

Terms of Reference

The role of the Committee is to support and advise Senate in respect of:

  • WHS, environment and risk management matters and related risks arising from the activities and operations of the University and affiliated entities; and
  • Non-financial risks generally within the University unless they are dealt with by another committee of the Senate.


The Senate Safety and Risk Management Committee (SRMC) monitors and advises Senate on matters relating to work health and safety (WHS) including compliance with work health and safety legislation as it applies to the University. The Committee also monitors and advises Senate on environment-related risk and compliance with environment-related legislation as it applies to the University.

The Committee will monitor and advise on specific matters on the request of the Senate or areas in which it feels that additional governance is required.

The SRMC maintains oversight of the effectiveness of the risk management framework in general, ensuring the effective management of risk in areas within its remit and for monitoring non-financial risk matters generally within the University unless they are dealt with by another committee of Senate. The SRMC allocates the management of specific risks to other relevant committees of Senate.

In respect of health and safety matters, the SRMC will:

  1. Make recommendations to Senate to assist it to demonstrate its commitment and to discharge its responsibilities in relation to WHS;
  2. Review WHS risks and the effectiveness of implementation of the Safety Management System;
  3. Review WHS-related legislative developments to ensure that they are being effectively incorporated into the University’s policies and procedures;
  4. Reviews outcomes of WHS audit activities;
  5. Request reports on specific WHS risks;
  6. Annually review the WHS responsibility matrix to ensure it reflects accountability of managers, and
  7. Undertake site visits and periodically invite presentations from areas identified as having a high WHS risk. The purpose of these visits and presentations is to reinforce the effectiveness of the commitment, culture, resources and systems to manage WHS.

In respect of environment matters, the SRMC will:

  1. Make recommendations to Senate to assist it to demonstrate its commitment and to discharge its responsibilities in relation to environment matters;
  2. Review environment-related risks and the effectiveness of measures in place to manage or control their impacts;
  3. Review environment-related legislative developments to ensure that they are being effectively incorporated into the University’s policies and procedures, and
  4. Undertake site visits and periodically invite presentations from areas identified as high risk. The purpose of these visits and presentations is to ensure the effectiveness of the commitment, culture, resources and systems to manage environment issues.

In respect of risk management matters, the SRMC will:

  1. Review recommendations from the relevant committee of SEG in relation to the risk management and compliance framework;
  2. Work with the relevant committee of SEG to oversee the effectiveness of the risk management framework and University-wide risk register, specifically that it enables the timely and effective identification of material risks to the University;
  3. Determine strategies to mitigate risks and to identify emerging risks;
  4. Undertake focused discussion of specific risks allocated to the Committee;
  5. Review the allocation of specific risks for different categories of risk;
  6. Receive and review reports on the risk profile and exposure;
  7. Allocate management of specific risks and relevant mitigation controls to the Senate, or a committee of Senate, and ensure the risks are being appropriately managed and monitored;
  8. Review and note the General Insurance Renewal report and make recommendations as appropriate, and
  9. Oversee and monitor the legislative compliance framework of high risk legislation to ensure appropriate management of compliance issues


The Committee's full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.


Composition and membership

Position

Member

Term of office

Chancellor

Belinda Hutchinson AM

Current term as Chancellor

February 2017 – February 2021

Previous term as Chancellor

February 2013 – February 2017

Deputy Chancellor

Alec Brennan AM

Current term as Deputy Chancellor

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Deputy Chancellor

5 February 2015 – 31 December 2016

Vice-Chancellor

Dr Michael Spence AC

Current term as Vice-Chancellor

1 July 2013 – 31 December 2020

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor

11 July 2008 – 30 June 2013

Chair of the Safety and Risk Management Committee –a Fellow of Senate (not a staff member or student) elected by Senate

Kevin McCann AM (Chair)

Current term as Chair

March 2016 – May 2018

Previous term as Chair

3 February 2014 – March 2016

Two Fellows of Senate appointed by Senate

Jordi Austin

 

 

 

 

David Jordan

Current term

May 2016 – May 2018

Previous terms

5 May 2014 – May 2016

1 July 2013 – 5 May 2014

Current term

12 December 2016 - 31 May 2018

Two external members with appropriate professional expertise and experience appointed by Senate

Ronwyn North

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Graham

Current term

May 2016 – May 2018

Previous terms

5 May 2014 – May 2016

7 May 2012 – 5 May 2014

 

Current term

May 2016 – May 2018

Co-opted members

None

 


Meeting dates 2016

Meeting date

Meeting time

Tuesday 5 April

10.00am - 12noon

Tuesday 12 July

10.00am - 12noon

Tuesday 27 September

10.00am - 12noon

Tuesday 22 November

10.00am - 12noon

Meeting dates 2017

Meeting date

Meeting time

Friday 21 April

10.00am - 12noon

Friday 28 July

10.00am - 12noon

Friday 6 October

10.00am - 12noon

Friday 17 November

10.00am - 12noon

Contact


Executive Officer to Senate
Mark Smith
T +61 2 9351 4260
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Secretary to Senate
David Pacey
T +61 2 9351 4839
E

Meeting agendas and papers

Meeting agendas and papers are distributed to Committee members by the University Secretariat.