Mine Safety Advisory Council
The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council aims to increase the emphasis on safety and health within the NSW mining and extractives industry
About the council
The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) was established in 1998 following recommendations made in the Mine Safety Review and Gretley Inquiry to provide the Minister with advice on WHS issues of critical importance to the NSW Government. The council was strengthened in 2006 and has aimed to increase the emphasis on safety and health within the NSW mining and extractives industry by reviewing and analysing safety performance, setting strategic directions, providing advice, and developing policy recommendations.
The Minister refers matters to the council for its consideration and advice on ways to foster improved health and safety performance in the industry. These matters have included:
- Take Action to Prevent Dust Disease
- incident prevention (Wilkinson fatality review)
- mine safety issues (Digging deeper project)
- emergency planning
- human and organisational factors
- associated non-technical skills
- fatigue management
- health management
- safety incentive schemes
MSAC members are representatives mining industry stakeholder groups. See the current membership below.
You can contact the board by emailing the secretariat.
Operation and strategy
MSAC has a constitution (PDF, 348.31 KB) that guides its operation and includes its terms of reference. The council operates in an environment of trust and cooperation to address these issues and meets at least four times a year. Copies of all meeting minutes of the council are published on the website. Meeting agendas are published prior to each meeting.
The council's current strategy document, Strategic Plan to 2023 (PDF, 197.49 KB) explains the strategic direction and action priorities for MSAC until 2023.
MSAC has identified the following priority focus areas to work towards its goal of world-leading work health and safety. The priority focus areas are:
- Focus on health
- Health surveillance
- Airborne contaminants
- Health and wellbeing
- Focus on fatal incidents, serious injuries and illness
- Serious injuries and illness
- Incidents and employment status
- Identifying risks of fatal incidents and disease
- Focus on emerging trends
- Annual Report 2020-2021 (PDF, 369.43 KB)
- Annual Report 2019-2020 (PDF, 225.53 KB)
- Annual Report 2018-2019 (PDF, 331.4 KB)
Chairperson and members
Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) members are representatives of some of the most respected bodies in the mining industry, including the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (Mining and Energy Division), Australian Workers Union, NSW Minerals Council and Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia. Two independent experts in work health and safety and a representative of the NSW Department of Regional NSW have also been appointed to the MSAC.
|Name||Nominee of (organisation)|
|Hon George Souris||Chair|
|Ian Cribb||NSW Minerals Council (coal)|
|Rob Cunningham||NSW Minerals Council (metalliferous)|
|Graeme Osborne||Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) Mining & Energy|
|Peter Jordan||Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) Mining & Energy|
|Brock Skelton||Australian Workers' Union, NSW Branch|
|Anthony Keon||NSW Resources Regulator, Department of Regional NSW|
|Julie Armour||Independent expert|
|Prof. Deborah Yates||Independent expert|
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