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The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) provides for the SRCC to have 11 members, each appointed by the Minister (other than Safe Work Australia's CEO). Members other than the Chairperson may appoint a deputy, subject to the Minister's approval. A member, other than Safe Work Australia's CEO, holds office on a part-time basis for a term, but no longer than three years. Members are eligible for reappointment.

The SRCC currently has the following members:

  • Chairperson Rosemary Vilgan
  • Three Members nominated by the Australian Council of Trade Unions: Lisa Newman, Deputy National President, Community and Public Sector Union, Trevor Gauld, National Policy Officer, Electrical Trades Union and
    Vacant
  • A Member who represents the licensees: Louisa Hudson
  • A Member who represents the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities: Adrian Breen, Branch Manager, Work Health and Safety Policy Group, Department of Jobs and Small Business.
  • Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia: Michelle Baxter
  • A Member who represents the interests of members and former members of the Defence Force: Vacant
  • A Member who represents the interests of the Australian Capital Territory's public sector employers: Catherine Hudson
  • Two Members with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers: Steve Somogyi and Jane Hall.

Comcare primarily provides secretarial services to the SRCC, along with other professional staffing and resources when needed.

The SRCC Commissioner’s Code of Conduct is found here.

Members' biographies

Rosemary Vilgan

Rosemary Vilgan
Chairperson

Rosemary Vilgan was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of QSuper from 1998 until late 2015. Ms Vilgan was the 2013 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her career especially in leading growth and innovation which saw the QSuper group (with $90 billion in accounts) become one of the world’s largest and leading superannuation funds as well as a major Australian financial planner and insurer.

Rosemary currently holds roles on the Commonwealth Bank Group Staff Superannuation Fund Board, Children’s Hospital Foundation (Qld) Board, Cambooya Investment Committee, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Investments and Borrowings Committee, and the Queensland Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Business degree and a Diploma of Superannuation Management. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and a Fellow of AICD. Rosemary was awarded a  Life Membership of ASFA for her services to the Association (including 6 years as National Chairman).

In late 2015, Ms Vilgan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by QUT for her services to the University including as a Member of the governing Council for 12 years, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for nearly 10 years and 2 years as Deputy Chancellor.


Lisa Newman
L
isa Newman
Deputy National President, Community and Public Sector Union
Member nominated by the ACTU

Lisa Newman is the Deputy National President of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), and was appointed to the Commission in August 2013. Lisa has worked in unions covering both the private and public sectors and has an extensive background in the application of Health and Safety legislation and policy development. She began her career as a delegate and organiser in the New Zealand finance industry in 1991, and brought this valuable experience to Australia in 1996. Soon she became an organiser with the Finance Sector Union and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance before joining the CPSU in 2000.

Lisa has since worked with delegates and members through bargaining and enforcement campaigns in Defence, Austrade, DFAT, DHA, Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support. Based in the NSW office, Lisa currently leads the Community Service Team, which organises across the massive Human Services portfolio that covere Centrelink, Medicare, Commonwealth Rehab Services and Child Support, and is NSW Regional Director.


Trevor Gauld

Trevor Gauld
National Policy Officer, Electrical Trades Union
Member nominated by the ACTU

Trevor holds a variety of licences and qualifications relevant to the electrical industry and has worked across a large range of the different electrical industry sectors including power distribution and transmission, electrical maintenance and electrical construction. He has extensive experience as both and elected health and safety representative in the workplace and as a Workplace Health and Safety Permit Holder under the Work Health and Safety Act in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

He began working fulltime for the Union in 2008 and during that time has represented his Unions members' interests on a variety of working committees, boards and advisory councils at both a State and Federal Level.  Trevor is experienced in working with industry stakeholders to improve workplace health and safety as well as the development and implementation of agreed industry safety standards including advising regulatory agencies and Government on the application of relevant legislative instruments.

Trevor advocates strongly for a sensible and reasoned approach to occupational health and safety that delivers measurable outcomes rather than simply another administrative checklist.  He is passionate about implementing systems which genuinely improve safety outcomes in the workplace through effective consultation and the appropriate application of the hierarchy of safety controls.


Vacant:
Member nominated by the Australian Council of Trade Unions


Louise HudsonLouisa Hudson
Member representing licensees

Louisa has previously worked at NAB as Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.  Her team was responsible for health and safety, injury management and workers’ compensation for the approximately 30,000 employees across Australia.   She has a legal background in dispute resolution, practising in the area of insurance and risk. She also spent seven years as a Senior Legal Counsel with WorkSafe Victoria, where she was involved in the regulation of the compensation scheme as well as management of litigation at a scheme level.

Louisa is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and chairs the TAC Board Risk Committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, is an Australian legal practitioner and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Louisa was elected by licensees to represent their views and was appointed to the SRCC from 27 November 2017


Adrian BreenAdrian Breen
Branch Manager, Work Health and Safety Policy Group, Department of Jobs and Small Business
Member representing the Commonwealth

Adrian Breen is Branch Manager of the Work Health and Safety Policy Branch in the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

In his current role, he is responsible for policy development and advice on Commonwealth Work Health and Safety, asbestos matters.

Mr Breen has expertise in workplace relations law including WHS and workers’ compensation matters. Mr Breen is also a member of Safe Work Australia.


Michelle BaxterMichelle Baxter
Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia

Michelle Baxter is the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia. Michelle has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector and has held a range of senior positions in the Australian Public Service including leading agency change at the Fair Work Ombudsman; and roles in the safety and entitlements area, and the Council of Australian Governments Taskforce at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In addition to representing Safe Work Australia as a Commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Michelle sits on Safe Work Australia and its Strategic Issues Groups (SIGs) and represents Safe Work Australia on the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities and Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities. Michelle has previously held positions representing the Commonwealth as a Commissioner on the SRCC; as a member of Safe Work Australia and as the Chair of Safe Work Australia's SIG on Workers' Compensation.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. Michelle is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory.


Vacant:
Member representing the interests of members and former members of the Defence Force


Catherine Hudson
C
atherine Hudson
Member representing the interests of the Australian Capital Territory's public sector employers

Cathy Hudson has a long career in the public sector having worked in the Queensland Public Service from 1991 to 2002 and the ACT Public Service since 2003. She has extensive experience in the provision of strategic advice on public policy issues across many portfolio areas.

In 2011 she took up her current role of Deputy Director-General, Economic Development, Policy and Governance Division, Economic Development Directorate. This position includes responsibility for Business Development (including InvestACT), Ministerial, Cabinet and Policy, Communications and Media and Workforce and Governance.

From July 2006 until June 2011, she undertook the dual role of Deputy Chief Executive, Governance Division and Commissioner for Public Administration within the Chief Minister's Department. This position encompassed responsibility for the Office of Industrial Relations and Public Sector Management Group. From November 2008 to April 2009 she was asked to establish and lead the creation of the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water as Acting Chief Executive and facilitate the recruitment of the permanent Chief Executive. Cathy has an economics degree from the University of Adelaide.


Steve SomogyiSteve Somogyi
Principal Advisor, Strategic Projects, Monash University
Member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers

Steve has extensive experience in the financial services, health care and higher education industries. This includes 27 years with National Mutual as Chief Manager for New Zealand, Associate Director—Operations and Chief Finance Executive. Steve was a Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority from July 2003 to June 2006. He was the Chief Operating Officer of RMIT University from 2006 to 2016.

Steve holds a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne in Physics and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Management. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute. Steve has been a Commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission since 1999, a Director of ANZ Wealth companies, a Director of Guild Group companies, a Director of Spatial Vision Innovations, a Director of Higher Education Services and a Director of UniSuper.


Jane HallJane Hall
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers

Jane Hall is a partner in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. With three of those spent working in house in legal and operational roles, she has a unique and in depth understanding of clients’ needs.

Jane has extensive experience in crisis management across a range of industries and jurisdictions, including advising on stakeholder management, internal and external communications, management of employee welfare, investigations, briefings, remedial measures and expert engagement.

Jane has been listed in the Occupation Health & Safety category of the AFR’s Best Lawyers Peer Review since 2014 and was also featured as a “Women to Watch - Leading the profession” in the April 2015 edition of  Australasian Lawyer.

She is known for her responsiveness, commitment and ability to handle delicate situations. Jane provides sound, tactical advice across the construction, financial, health, insurance, emergency services, energy and resources,  food, government, manufacturing, mining, property, recycling, retail telecommunications, transport and waste industries.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.  Jane is an Australian legal practitioner, admitted in New South Wales (1997) and in Victoria (2002).

Page last updated: 15 Nov 2018