About the council

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) was established in 1998 following recommendations made in the Mine Safety Review and Gretley Inquiry to provide the Minister with advice on WHS issues of critical importance to the NSW Government. The council was strengthened in 2006 and has aimed to increase the emphasis on safety and health within the NSW mining and extractives industry by reviewing and analysing safety performance, setting strategic directions, providing advice, and developing policy recommendations.

The Minister refers matters to the council for its consideration and advice on ways to foster improved health and safety performance in the industry. These matters have included:

MSAC members are representatives mining industry stakeholder groups. Read more about the current chairperson and members of the council.

You can contact the board by emailing the secretariat

Operation and strategy

MSAC has a constitution that guides its operation and includes its terms of reference. The council operates in an environment of trust and cooperation to address these issues and meets at least four times a year. Copies of all meeting minutes of the council are published on the website.

The council's current strategy document, Strategic Plan to 2020: Working towards world-leading work health and safety in the NSW resources industry [PDF, 229.42 KB], explains the strategic direction and action priorities for MSAC until 2020. It built on Actions to 2017, developed in 2012.

The council has identified six strategic action areas to work towards its goal of world-leading work health and safety. The strategic action areas are:

  • evidence-based regulatory approach
  • participate, engage and communicate with industry and community
  • focus on health and wellbeing
  • identify risks of fatal incidents and disease
  • address emerging trends
  • human and organisational factors

Chairperson and members

Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) members are representatives of some of the most respected bodies in the mining industry, including the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (Mining and Energy Division), Australian Workers Union, NSW Minerals Council and Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia. Two independent experts in work health and safety and a representative of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have also been appointed to the MSAC.

Name Nominee of (organisation)
Hon George Souris Chair
Ian Cribb NSW Minerals Council (coal)
Rob Cunningham NSW Minerals Council (metalliferous)
Matthew Freeman Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia
Graeme Osborne Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Mining & Energy
Peter Jordan Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Mining & Energy
Brock Skelton Australian Workers' Union
Anthony Keon Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Julie Armour Independent expert
Tony CartwrightIndependent expert