Conference 2017



About Conference 2017


Risk Acceptance:  Looking to Australia for emergent issues and practice


RiskNZ is delighted to have Professor Helen Lingard (RMIT University, Melbourne) and Kevin Oldham (Navigatus Consulting) host a session at the RiskNZ Conference on Friday 18th August.  In this Special Interest Group session that is likely to be of particular value to our members with a health and safety focus, they will examine:

  •    Safety in Design - requirements within the Australian Construction industry
  •   How safe is safe enough? – A call to action.

 Session details:


1:15 – 2:00pm

Helen Lingard

Introduction of Safety in Design requirements into the Australian construction industry – a case study.

  • Key learnings from international research on SID in construction.
  • Implementation of SID in Australia – some observations.
  • When do you know that you have done enough? Thoughts and observations on SID end
        points and risk acceptance criteria.   
  • Presentation followed by workshop discussion.

2:00 – 2:30pm

Kevin Oldham

How safe is safe enough?  A call to action.

Short presentation followed by discussion of need and feasibility of RiskNZ preparing guidance

material for SID and other risk practitioners.


About the speakers:


Professor Helen Lingard

RMIT University in Melbourne


Helen leads a program of research in the field of construction occupational

health and safety and work-life balance. Her work balances theoretical,

applied and translational research and focuses on addressing the practical challenges inherent in improving workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

in the construction industry.

In 2014 Professor Lingard co-authored Safety in Design for the Australian Constructors Association.

This seminal report summarised the findings from a five-year international benchmarking study of construction health and safety in Australia,

New Zealand and the United States.

With WorkSafe New Zealand planning to introducesimilar requirements 

in New Zealand Professor Lingard provides a timely summary of learnings

from Safety in Design research and some observations from the Australian experience of implementing SID. 

SID will apply not just to buildings, but to what’s inside them, including

machinery. SID processes will quickly become a benchmark for how

safety and risk are managed, which will pervade other sectors. 

This is the future!


Kevin Oldham

Director, Navigatus Consulting


Kevin applies risk management principles to workplace health and safety,

with a keen focus on deriving real learnings from rigorous research and assessment.  He is an advisor to WorkSafe NZ and an architect of SWIFT,

the injury intelligence system used by WorkSafe.

Kevin also provides practical risk consulting advisory services to a range

of government and transport sectors.

He is convenor of the RiskNZ special interest group on Risk Acceptance







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Repositioning Risk Management:  The 2017 RiskNZ Conference, the place to be!

The future is uncertain, predictions are wrong, plans go awry.  Brexit and the election results in the USA confounded forecasts.  All over the world, organisations are facing increasing uncertainty and face fundamental management challenges including disruptive technologies, business and technical innovation, natural hazards, cyber-attacks, societal changes, geopolitics and trade barriers. 

So how can risk management tools and techniques help us succeed, turning challenge into opportunity, and building resilience and emotional strength into organisations?

Uncover new ways of thinking and gain insights and inspiration from our speakers and colleagues to help you tackle the challenges that face us today, and as we move forward into an uncertain and challenging future.  Make this investment in your professional networks and development. Help make New Zealand successful because risk is well managed.



Our confirmed line-up of over 20 speakers includes CEOs, CROs, business leaders, chief science officers, academics, and highly experienced risk advisors from New Zealand and Australia, several with truly international experience that is of immediate relevance to the New Zealand setting. We are excited to be showcasing recent award-winning NZ case studies, advances in risk modelling and toolkits, and presenting insightful expert views on the trending global risk-scape.

There is no comparable Risk conference in New Zealand in 2017.  Register now!

Program & Presentations

Check out the provisional conference program. With the over-arching theme of ‘Reposition Risk Management’, Conference 2017 delivers seven streams involving over 20 speakers – our biggest line-up ever. Sessions have been organised to ensure maximum appeal to risk practitioners from all sectors, and of all levels of experience. Our presenters will cover many complementary issues including:

  • Embracing the upside of risk
  • Developing enterprise risk capability and the challenge of extreme events
  • Cyber risk issues and trends, solutions, implications for the insurance sector…
  • Business Model Disruption
  • Impact of Digital Service Transformation to Risk Practitioners – what does it mean for us and the business?
  • Does conventional wisdom serve us well? A Mayor's perspective
  • The risk of being risk averse
  • Think, take and manage risk in an intelligent way
  • Our Business - Risk at New Zealand Police
  • Risk management and prediction for NZ businesses seeking to work with Chinese companies - and visa versa
  • Repositioning risk management through innovative and effective communication
  • Enterprise risk management - enabling a strong risk culture
  • Risk Acceptance: Looking to Australia for emergent issues and practice


Networking and your professional development

Conference 2017 is the largest gathering of risk practitioners In New Zealand. Ample time is built in to the conference program for you to connect with peers, establish networks with sector leaders, and forge links that will assist your professional development. The 2017 RiskNZ Awards of Excellence will be presented on the Thursday night. This sit-down dinner event is built in to the cost of your conference registration fee.

We already have confirmed registrations from across several sectors:  local government | health | primary industries | manufacturing | insurance & financial services | transport & aviation | IT and telecommunications | health and safety | environmental | emergency services and law enforcement | security | risk consultants | logistics and supply chain | lifeline utilities | NFPs and NGOs