Kym Bills

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide School of Public Health

Kym Bills

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide School of Public Health

Biography

Now semi-retired, Kym is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide School of Public Health and has been Chair of the SA Branch of the AIHS and its annual symposium since March 2019. He has served as Chair of the College of Fellows and ex offico AIHS Board member and as Chair of the WA Branch of the AIHS. Kym holds 6 degrees and is a fellow of 7 professional bodies.

Kym first managed safety professionals in 1993 when he led the Australian Government’s Maritime Division in Canberra and was on the AMSA (national maritime regulator) Board. He was foundation head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) from 1999 to 2009 and chaired the National Road Safety Strategy Panel for eight years. In 2009 he led the investigation of the $3 billion Varanus Island (offshore WA) gas pipeline explosions and was then a member of the NOPSEMA (national offshore petroleum regulator) Board for 6½ years.

Kym was project director for national mine safety regulatory reform under the model WHS Act from 2009 to 2011, reporting to Commonwealth, State and NT Ministers. From 2011 to 2018 he was employed by the CSIRO in Perth as CEO of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance joint venture comprising CSIRO, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia and industry partners which included research on carbon capture and storage. From November 2019 to October 2020 he was the Independent Reviewer of the NSW mine and petroleum health and safety WHS legislation and regulation and report with 40 recommendations was tabled in the NSW Parliament in November 2020. 

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