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Director Profile - Sue Bottrell


Sue has worked in occupational health and safety and workers compensation for the past 18 years. She is a practicing lawyer and a suitably qualified OHS professional as defined by WorkSafe Victoria (2008) and has qualifications in safety and law to master’s level. Sue is also an RABQSA qualified lead auditor. This combination of qualifications and experience sets Sue apart from all other OHS lawyers and safety professionals and puts her at the top of the safety profession.

She has worked in hands on safety roles and provided expert consulting advice to over 200 businesses across Australia including construction, waste management, local government, disability services, manufacturing, transport, heavy industry, aviation, aged care and government agencies such as Victoria Police and the Department of Human Services. She takes a pragmatic and practical approach to working with all levels of organisations from workers to Executive to bring about meaningful and sustainable improvements in safety.


Sue has previously worked for WorkSafe Victoria and was instrumental in the implementation of guidelines for management of health and safety in in home care, aged care facilities, identification and management of psychosocial hazards in the workplace and the complete mechanisation of waste collections across Victoria.


She is a also a specialist in the application of the National Heavy Vehicle Law and has worked hard within the transport industry to demystify that law and ensure its correct and effective implementation.


Sue is also a specialist in management of contractor safety. She has been very vocal about the costly and ineffective practices currently being adopted by employers, and safety professionals, in this area. She regularly speaks and publishes on this topic and acts as an expert witness. She has also developed an online system, which ensures the compliant on boarding of contractors, which correctly reflects the High Court’s interpretation of duties owed by Principal Contractors in respect of contractor safety while thoroughly managing liability and focusing effort on prevention.


Sue was the first safety professional in Australia to become a Certified Chartered Generalist OHS Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia. She has also served as SIA Treasurer from 2009 – 2010 and as a National Board Member from 2013 – 2015. She has been instrumental in the advancement of the safety professions standing in the community and the implementation of certification of safety professionals to ensure the community has access to qualified and competent safety advice.