Deanna McMaster
I help leading businesses manage their safety, employment and industrial relations risks, covering sectors such as agriculture, construction, government, electricity, mining, oil and gas, coal ports and transportation (including rail and heavy vehicles).
  • +61 7 3119 6126
  • +61 408 586 607

In relation to health and safety, I pride myself on providing practical, timely advice about statutory regimes and safety systems. I often help manage the immediate aftermath of an incident, and the investigations that may follow. Having acted for numerous regulators, I understand both sides of the enforcement process.

In addition to providing general employment and industrial relations advice and litigation (including discrimination, adverse action and termination disputes), I enjoy the employment aspects of corporate restructures and share and asset sales and working with businesses to develop tailored industrial strategies and negotiating enterprise agreements.

Career highlights

  • Queensland Department of Health – advised on the first prosecution under Queensland’s radiation safety regime, as well as other summary prosecutions under the Justices Act
  • Queensland Resources Council; Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association; Wild Desert; Savanna Energy; an employee of Weatherford – advised oil and gas businesses, statutory role holders and industry bodies on key issues affecting the industry, including the application of the petroleum and gas safety regime and prosecutions under that regime
  • Advanta Seeds; Dole Australia – assisted these and other agricultural businesses with the management of safety incidents and related prosecutions
  • Peabody Energy; Rio Tinto; Pacific Aluminium; BHP Billiton; Anglo American; Yancoal – worked with key mining businesses on safety and employment issues
  • Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal; Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal; North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation – advised coal ports on employment and safety issues
  • Energex; Ergon Energy; Powerlink Queensland – informed electricity providers about electrical safety issues and how their businesses interact with other safety regimes
  • Queensland Government – worked on various asset restructures, including the successful $1 billion sale of the Cairns and Mackay airports; the sale of the Port of Brisbane; and the sale of an interest in Brisbane Airport
  • Key rail transport operators – advised on all aspects of rail safety, including amendments to Queensland’s rail safety regime
  • Provided information to businesses from numerous industries on the impact of the Heavy Vehicle National Law
  • Rio Tinto – completed a secondment as HR Advisor at the Gove Operations
  • Powerlink Queensland – completed a secondment as a corporate lawyer