The organisation for 2018 conference is well underway. The venue will be Noah’s on the Beach.

Noahs on the Beach


We have negotiated special accommodation rates at the conference venue Quality Hotel Noahs on the Beach however bookings must be made DIRECT TO THE HOTEL. To access the conference rates, delegates need to contact our Reservations Team direct (either by phone or email). At the time of booking they need to advise us that they are attending the AUSA Conference. Bookings cancelled within 24hours of the arrival date will incur a cancellation fee equal to 1 x nights’ accommodation


Phone:  02 4929 5181 / Email:

  • Standard Room = $185 per room per night
  • Harbour View Room = $200 per room per night
  • Low Ocean View Room = $220 per room per night
  • Mid Ocean View Room = $230 per room per night
  • High Ocean View Room = $245 per room per night
  • Rates are for single, twin or double occupancy
  • Breakfast is not included

A block of rooms is also available at the nearby Novotel Newcastle. About a 5 minute walk to the venue. Discounted accommodation rate of $233.00 per room, per night – rate valid for Standard, Superior & Superior Plus rooms. Rates valid for Monday 25th June through to Friday 29th June 2018. Bookings need to be made DIRECT TO THE HOTEL. Call the team on 02 4032 3703 and advise the team that they would like to book as part of the ‘AUSA Conference’ block. (Code 308703). They can also email the team directly on with their details. Credit Card is taken at the time of booking for guarantee and guests will be sent a confirmation.

Hotel contact details will also be included on your Tax Invoice when you register online for the conference. A copy of this will be emailed to you.

The room block for both hotels will be released on 24th May 2018 so book soon to take advantage of rates and availability.


Delegates need to make their own way to and from the conference destination in Newcastle. Williamtown Airport (Newcastle) is approximately a 40 minute taxi ride into the CBD and Noahs on the Beach Hotel. The airport is serviced by most major airlines with flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


Draft program

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Call for Papers

The 2018 AUSA conference provides an opportunity for members to present papers. The draft program has been structured to allow for up to 12 member papers (30 minute duration including questions). The conference committee welcomes and encourages abstracts (no more than 200 words) focussing on the overall theme of the conference “From the Old to the New”. This provides the opportunity to explore the way we are managing some of the traditional health and safety challenges and how we are managing the risks of emerging technologies. Please follow this link (Call for Contributed Papers AUSA Conference 2018) to find out more details about how to submit an abstract  to access the template (Abstract Template 12.10.17) for your proposed paper.

Submissions for conference papers can be sent to

Pre-conference workshops

Workshops will be running on Tuesday 26th from 10am to 1pm. Cost $195 each. Morning tea included.

Register for all workshops via the online registration button.

1. Training Technologies Workshop

Join facilitators from Monash University & UNSW in this interactive workshop focussed on which training technology solutions are available and the future of training technology. Participants will be involved in learning how training technology can be applied to common WHS training needs in Higher Education and Research. Topics will include online training, virtual reality and augmented reality.

2. Benchmarking statistics

Presenter: Dr Sharon O’Neill

Sharon will examine the design, measurement and reporting of WHS performance for organisational governance and accountability.

3. New ISO 4500 Implementation

This workshop will explore the status and implementation of the forthcoming first international OHS standard (ISO45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) and how this may relate to the tertiary education sector. In this workshop we’ll discover and clarify:

  • Why and how was the standard developed
  • Its timeframe for publication
  • The differences of this standard between the key standards currently in use (AS4801 and OHSAS18001)
  • Migration and transition requirements for certified auditors and organisations
  • Current global activities and initiatives around ISO45001 implementation
  • Implications on certified and self-insured Universities
  • Resources (tools, websites etc) available to assist with the transition

The workshop will be informative, practical and involve Q&A component to ensure all concerns and queries regarding the standard can be addressed. For more info see AUSA ISO45001 Workshop Brief Shared Safety and Risk .

A Brief Introduction to FRAM (free workshop) is offered on Monday afternoon 25th June. A free workshop offer on Modelling Complex Sociotechnical Systems on the Monday afternoon before the conference start. Includes afternoon tea. Monday 25th June 1pm to 5pm at Noahs on the Beach and hosted by ENGENEOHS.

Sponsor information

AUSA Sponsor Exhibitor Investment Package 2018 Newcastle.


For registration details click below.