SAQ Annual General Meeting – 5th August 2019


We would like to thank all of our guest presenters and the members who attended our Annual General Meeting for 2019. I think all attendees will agree that the presentations were informative, interesting and really relevant and on topic in our industry.

This year’s AGM featured an Exhibition and Networking hour which was a great success!

Many thanks to our exhibitors for taking the time to join us and set up their booths for this event, here’s our exhibitor list if you’d like more information on their products and services:

Here’s an overview of what was discussed and presented at this General Meeting:



Urbis Property Insights – Ben Slack, Regional Director, Urbis

Ben Slack joined us as our Special Guest Speaker and gave a fantastic presentation on the current economic outlook, the political overlay, and city changing developments including all of the major commercial and infrastructure projects currently underway or coming soon to SE Qld.



PlanGrid Construction Software – Jeremy Banks, Account Executive, Autodesk 

Jeremy Banks took us through the PlanGrid platform that is transforming construction with mobile productivity software. PlanGrid is simple,  powerful construction software that contractors, subs, and owners love to use. As a user, you can access all project information from wherever you are, from plans and specifications to punch lists, documents and photos.



Work Injury Free – Paul Trevethan, Body Leadership Australia

Paul from Body Leadership Australia has recently joined the Scaffolding Association Queensland as an Associate Member and has been working closely with one of our Full Member scaffolding companies to create a “Work Injury Free” program specifically designed for scaffolders. Paul took us through how you’re body behaves over your lifetime and how to link into that system so that you can guide and manage your body to decrease the risk of injury for yourself. And as most of our members are managing teams, if you can understand your own body at a higher level than you can start to relay this information to your crews well. Paul helps scaffolding work injury-free and stay pain-free through easy to use online injury prevention programs.



HAKI Company and Values, Mick Allen, Technical Sales Representative, HAKI

Mick Allen represents HAKI in Australia and joined us today to take us through Haki’s core values, vision, mission, and strategic pillars. Haki is forming local partnerships with scaffolding companies in Australia, if you would like more information on this please contact Mick Allen here.





SAQ News and Information – President of the SAQ, Rob Thiess

President of the SAQ, Rob Thiess, regularly updates our members on what is happening in our industry and is really in touch with the issues and opportunities that he presents to us. Here is an overview of what Rob presented to our members today:

    • Scaffolding Code of Practice Review – Update and dates when this code will be active.
    • Fire Retardant Scaffolding Containment – AS 1576.7 update, and the date that the interim standard will be published.
    • Technical Guidance Documents from the SAQ.
    • The recent scaffold collapse in Sydney – Current investigations, possible causes, and points to consider for our own scaffold structures.
    • Current issues that our industry is facing from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland, and discussions on how we tackle these issues as a whole and united industry.
    • Reporting of unsafe scaffold structures.
    • Direction of Scaffolding Containment Mesh – Information for members

At the AGM we also went through the SAQ Financial Reports and the election of the Executive Management Committee. We were thrilled to welcome 3 new committee members and look forward to their contributions to the association.


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