will be used for annual conference registrations this year.

Tickets will be available for purchase from 3rd October until 28th October 2016 at the total cost to members of $150 (including fees and charges).

Full Members, and Associate – Private Sector Organisation members, will receive one free entry under their membership via a promotion/discount code, which will be emailed prior to the tickets going on sale on 3 October 2016.

The link to the Annual Conference on will be circulated prior to the tickets going on sale.

About is simple to use and holds many benefits for you, our members, including:

  • The convenience to book and pay for your tickets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Automatically generated tickets and receipts, to print at your convenience charges $0.30 per ticket at the time of purchase. This fee has been incorporated into the overall Conference fee of $150.

As payments will be made by credit card, we understand that the integrity of the site and its security features are important. The payment site is a secure ‘https’ website and assures customers that “any personal information that may be used by the TryBooking Site in order to carry out its necessary functions is stored on a physically separate computer that is protected by Firewalls. The data itself is also encrypted to further reduce any risk that your information will be obtained and used by unauthorised access. We do not store your full credit card number, only the four digits are kept and this is to show you which card you have used to make the booking.”

If you have any questions about this or the Annual Conference, please email us on

Renew your CSMF Membership before the 30 June 2016 to make 50% savings on future renewals.

The General Meeting of 4 May 2016 approved an Executive Committee proposal to increase Membership Fees for the first time in 14 years. This increase has become necessary as our overall expenses to run the Forum have increased especially with regard to governance costs such as audit, taxation, and insurance. Other costs have also increased including web services and software for the Membership Database. The new Membership fees will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

As you would be aware, membership renewals can be made for one, two or three years, and you may wish to renew your current membership early in order to get in ahead of the price rise on 1 July, and/or for greater than one year in order to avail yourself of the discounts for multiple year memberships.

A list of both the current and new fees payable from 1 July 2016 is available on the Membership Page together with a membership renewal form. Remember, to make the substantial savings, you must have your application processed before 30 June.

Please forward renewals to

Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals update

Comcare has recently released an information sheet providing advice to Commonwealth duty holders on implementing the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

This information sheet is the forerunner to other resources in development by Comcare, and other Regulators, to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to fully transition to the GHS by the implementation date of 1 January 2017. Additional resources are expected to be release in the near future. The Comcare GHS portal is located here.

Changes to the Executive Committee

There have been a number of changes to the CSMF Executive, and the interim arrangements in place until the next AGM and general election are set out below.

Susan Allen and Kylie Grady have resigned as members of the Executive, due to recent changes in their employment situations.

Interim arrangements:

The Executive Committee met recently, and in accordance with the Constitutional provisions for casual vacancies, Yvette Mueller was endorsed as interim Chair. Additionally, Susann Kodila-Jones, former Executive member, has been co-opted to the Executive to perform the role of interim Secretary. Please send all communications or emails for distribution to

Additionally, John Smith will be retiring from the role of Treasurer this year, and we are looking for a suitable replacement.

A further vacancy remains on the Executive committee. If you are interested in joining the Executive, please let us know. We would love to have you join us.

On behalf of the Executive, I thank Kylie for nominating and contributing to the CSMF.

I also thank our former Chair, Susan Allen, for her tireless work on improving the governance, oversight and operations of the CSMF and the CSMF Executive, and wish her well in her new role with the Victorian State Government.

Yvette Mueller
22 January 2016

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