Andrew Goelst

Andrew was Manager – Risk, WHS and Compliance for Tasmanian Catholic Education overseeing 37 Schools, with 3500 staff and 16000 students. He modernised the WHS System to become risk aware not risk adverse. Outside of work he is happily married with four children and is Board Chairman of the Launceston Christian School.


Re-imagining Children’s Play in Australian Schools

Tasmanian Catholic School Playgrounds are changing. WHS has been a reason for limiting school playgrounds. This workshop will explore why, how and what has been done by Tasmanian Catholic Education to provide a new vision for the best play experiences for school children.

These new playgrounds involve natural elements, loose parts, dirt, mud, water, fire and even mountain bikes. Children must learn to fall and pick themselves back up again. This session will explore and use tools that enable the school leader and educator to chart the difficult ground of competing demands of parent expectations, WHS regulations and overcoming fear of litigation.