Prepare & Prevent – Don’t Repair & Repent

What the Bible says about Risk Management & Safety:

Caring for one another

  • Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phil 2:4, NIV)
  • A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35, NIV)
  • When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof. (Deut 22:8, NIV)

Caring for God’s creation

  • The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Gen 2:15, NIV)
  • The righteous care for the needs of their animals (Prov 12:10, NIV)

Vision and Mission

Everyone has the right to work, learn and worship in a safe environment.

Our Vision

That our workplaces and places of worship are safe and that we protect our most important assets – our people.

Our Mission

To achieve our vision through inspiring, informing, engaging and enhancing our three companies: Schools, Aged Care and Church, in safety and risk management.

Ashley Bakay

Ashley Bakay

Compliance Manager


STOP – think through the task

LOOK – identify the hazards of each job step, tools, equipment & substances used, or people you are working with

ASSESS – determine if you have the proper knowledge, training, tools and support

MANAGE – remove or control hazards and use proper equipment

  • Injuries At Work

    An injury at work is defined as ‘a personal injury arising out of, or in the course of, employment if the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury.’

    Injuries can happen at work, travelling to and from work, travelling for work, visiting other workplaces for job purposes or while on a break from work (lunch break or tea breaks).

    If you are injured at work, you may be eligible to make a Worker’s Compensation claim through WorkCover.

    Please ensure you download a copy of the Injured Worker’s Pack from the Safety Management website and take it with you to your first doctor’s visit.

    Stay at work: Return to work

    Getting back to work is an important step in recovering from a work-related injury because it means that a worker can return to a normal life, often reducing the financial and emotional impact on them and their family.

    Returning to work may mean:

    • Returning to work with a full clearance, meaning that the injury or condition has fully ceased
    • Return to work on suitable duties, meaning that that the worker can return to their usual role or be placed in a different area, department or worksite to accommodate any restriction provided by their treating doctor. In extreme cases where suitable duties cannot be provided host employment can be arranged through WorkCover.

    Being injured at work doesn’t always mean time off work. Continuing to work during your rehabilitation is called stay at work, and is often the best thing for you. Staying at works can mean working reduced hours or lighter duties (suitable duties).

    When WorkCover claims are finalised it is appropriate for the site to arrange an independent functional capacity assessment to ensure that workers are safe to return to their preinjury employment role.

    Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator (RRTWC)

    Your Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator is the SQC Compliance Manager.

  • PROTECTION of Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults

    Pastors, members of the church board and people working with children are expected to undergo child protection training.


    AdSafe provide support, advice and training on managing safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • Employee Assistance Program


    Getting support when injured is an important part of your recovery

    The Seventh-day Adventist Church organisation uses a counselling support voucher system. Employees of the organisation have access to a limited amount of vouchers per year, which can also be utilised by immediate dependants (husband, wife and children).

    Don’t hesitate to use the counselling vouchers if you:
    1. Sustain an injury or illness in the workplace and need additional emotional support
    2. Are experiencing stress or hardship of any kind and need additional support.

    Please speak to your managers about how to use the vouchers or contact Human Resources Manager Susan Hensley for more information.

  • Church Training Requirements Guideline

    Who does the training?

    Generally, the Safety Coordinator can arrange for all training programs and carry out training for most things (except for Child Protection, done by AdSafe).

    The Risk Management Officer can provide training to the Church Board or the Safety Coordinator who can then train everyone else.

    What to use for training (Resources from the Safety Management Website, or on hand at church)

    • Policy and Procedure documents
    • Safe operating manuals or procedures (plant and equipment)
    • Risk Assessments
    • Training Videos
    • Training PowerPoints

    Records of Training

    The most important thing is to keep records of training (you can create your own). Records must contain the follow information as a minimum:

    • Who (who was trained)
      • Include Full Name and Signature
    • What (what was the training on and who conducted training)
    • Where (where was training done)
    • When (what was the date of training)

    Church Training Requirements are as follows:

    Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation

    • All Church members

    Child Protection Training (provided by AdSafe – online training via AdSafe)

    • Pastors
    • Church Board Members
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Child Safety Coordinator
    • Anyone working directly with Children:
      • Under 18 years Sabbath School Leaders and Team members or helpers, including parents
      • Pathfinder Leaders and Team members or helpers, including parents
      • (Deacons and Deaconesses are not required as their services are provided to the whole church, they are not required to work directly with children alone, unless they are part of the Church Board)

    Workplace Health Safety & Risk Management Training

    • Pastors
    • Church Board Members
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Child Safety Coordinator
    • Leaders (event organisers or anyone planning a church activity)

    Food Health & Safety

    • Leader for the church kitchen
    • Team members or helpers for the church kitchen
    • All church members (for the purposes of pot luck or combined lunches)

    Manual Handling

    • Property Manager
    • Cleaners
    • Maintenance personnel or Caretakers
    • Leaders and Team members
    • Church Board members
    • All church members (for the purpose of lifting, carrying, moving and setting up a computer workstation)

    Infection Control

    • All Church members

    Chemical Safety

    • Cleaners
    • Maintenance personnel or Caretakers
    • Anyone working with chemicals

    Ladder Safety

    • Cleaners
    • Maintenance personnel or Caretakers
    • Anyone using ladders

    Plant & Equipment

    • Property manager
    • Cleaners
    • Maintenance personnel or Caretakers
    • Anyone working using plant and equipment

    Using a Stairwell (stairs)

    • All church members

    Big Camp Assembling and Pitching a Family Tent

    • All Church members assisting in Big Camp set-up

    Big Camp Manual Task Training

    • All Church members assisting in Big Camp set-up

Contact Compliance Department