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Barry Sherriff

GAICD (FSIA), LLB (Hons Melbourne) LLM (Monash)

Barry joined Synergy Global in 2016 with a background in Occupational Health and Safety, based in Melbourne. He is Chair of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC), which regulates licensed self-insurers under the SRC Act and has an oversight role over the Comcare scheme.

Barry is also Chair of the Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare). He is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and OHS Coordinator of the Property Council of Australia. He is a member of the National Employers’ OHS Consultative Forum and the WorkSafe Victoria Stakeholder Reference Group (WVSRG).

Barry provides integrated advice and proactive strategies for compliance, risk management in OHSS, plus associated areas of WorkCover issues, employment and discrimination. He has represented clients across all industries and government. His specific experience includes the development and review of risk management plus OHS strategies, corporate governance structure, including the integration with other business and operational procedures.

Barry was a member of the panel that made recommendations that form the basis for the model Work Health and Safety Act, and was involved in the development of the Act, regulations, codes and guidance.

He advised and represented the Victorian Congress of Employer Associations in the review of, and consultation on, the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and in relation to the Hanks Review of the Victorian Accident Compensation Act 1985.

 His expertise and key interests focus around these 5 themes:
black Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) – Strategic, Planning and Risk Management
black Corporate Governance Structure, plus Integration of Operational and Procedures
black Raising Team and Organisational Awareness for better OHS
black OHS Training and Development at Individual, Team and organisational Level
black Trouble shooting HOS issues, eg: Reviews, Reports and Consultancy

Barry is an acknowledged thought leader in OHS, regularly speaking at conferences plus contributing to OHS specific and general publications. Among his various publications, Barry is the author of ‘Sherriff’s Work Health and Safety Law Guide’. (2011). He is also the contributing editor for OHS for the Australian Business Law Review.

Barry also co-authored ‘Understanding the Model Work Health and Safety Act’ (2010), authored ‘OHS in Practice – A Guide to Legislation in Victoria’ (2005) and was a major contributor to the CCH, ‘Master OHS and Environment Guide’ (2003 and 2007). He contributes regularly to numerous OHS publications. Barry was awarded Best OHS Lawyers of the Year, listed in Chambers Directory (2016), and he is in Doyle’s Guide of Recommended Employment Lawyers, Australia

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