As much as the Memorial is about remembering those lives that have been so tragically cut short, it is also a place to reflect upon the enduring values of the Australian community. Australia’s achievements in work health and safety are built on values that create a safe and healthy workplace. These values were important historic drivers and continue to be relevant today.
The values that form the foundation of the Memorial are:
- Knowledge (the overarching value for the Memorial)
All eight values are engraved into stainless steel strips surrounding each of the stone columns dedicated to each of the states. Although one value is highlighted for each state, all values are relevant for the progression of health and safety objectives for all workers across all industries in Australia.
Stemming from the eight values imbedded into the Memorial is a first story of sadness and loss that has led to change within Australian communities, our culture and eventually leading to changes in legislation.
‘a story of loss that needs to be heard’