START Safety Leadership Program

Deepcore Drilling has been working in collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria to develop an innovative Safety Leadership Program for the drilling industry.

The program includes a focus on developing key behaviours for workers in the drilling industry based on the following ‘S.T.A.R.T.’ principles:

  • Speaking Up – voicing concerns when a situation does not feel right
  • Thinking Ahead – predicting problems and managing them before they become critical
  • Accountability – knowing, building and owning individual and team accountability
  • Recognition – giving and receiving positive reinforcement.
  • Team Work – team-focused approaches to problems

Details of the program

Deepcore developed the START safety leadership program to improve safety outcomes in Deepcore’s workforce, the drilling industry and in regional Victoria. The program places an emphasis on empowering participants, with a particular focus on developing sustainable safety leadership behaviours for young workers coming into the industry.

Deepcore, with input from the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA), is delivering the safety leadership program to frontline leaders in the Victorian drilling industry. The workshops are being held in Bendigo, Ballarat and Stawell from 26 September 2018 to 19 October 2018. Materials developed as a part of the program can be obtained by contacting: Andrew Mattiske (03 5441 1035) or

Deepcore’s commitment to collaboration with WorkSafe

Deepcore developed the Safety Leadership Program as part of an Enforceable Undertaking entered into with WorkSafe Victoria in accordance with section 16(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. The Enforceable Undertaking can be viewed here:

Background to the enforceable undertaking

In May 2016, Deepcore was undertaking a program of drilling works at a mine site in central Victoria when an employee’s thumb was amputated.

In response to the incident, Deepcore conducted a root cause investigation into the incident which reviewed equipment, environment, people and management factors. This identified, amongst other things, certain behavioural issues which contributed to the incident, including communication between the work crew. Deepcore also completed a gap analysis with representatives of the workforce to review procedures against work practices, determining gaps and developing procedures and JSEA’s (job safety and environmental analysis); reviewed procedures for inserting and removing casing; and provided tools and equipment to reduce the exposure of employees to rods.