Providing strategic, pragmatic legal advice on all aspects of Work Health and Safety (WHS) matters, Luisa is an occupational health and safety specialist.

Luisa was a Finalist in the Partner of the Year Awards for Workplace Health and Safety in 2021 and 2020 reflecting her expertise and considerable experience. This experience includes assisting clients in matters involving compliance, chain of responsibility, health and safety representation, responding to and assisting with managing major workplace incidents, responding to and managing regulators, as well as representing clients in WHS prosecutions, coronial inquests, and merits review at VCAT.

Luisa regularly conducts training from employee level to senior management as well as for boards and executive teams. She undertakes legal compliance reviews of clients’ existing safety management systems and provides practical recommendations to achieve safety compliance and implement improvements.

She also provides legal advice on WorkCover matters from managing ill and injured workers, return to work obligations and statutory benefits, and gives advice and represents clients in challenging Workplace Industry Classification disputes.

In addition, Luisa is experienced in undertaking bullying complaints and investigations.  She also provides legal advice on employment matters such as unfair dismissal, general protection, drafting submissions and representing clients at conciliation and the Fair Work Commission.

Luisa has worked with government departments, international companies, independent schools, large construction companies, major supermarket chains, and businesses in the oil and gas, transport, manufacturing, rail and logistics industries.

Areas of Expertise

Key focus areas:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • WorkCover

Recent Articles by Luisa Gonzaga

Update on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Update on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

On 15 October 2021, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) issued the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 3) (Directions) under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic). The Directions expand the workers-specific definitions under Schedule 1. This paper provides...
18 October, 2021

Important changes to the construction industry in response to COVID-19

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, the Chief Health Officer has issued a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions for the construction industry sectors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
28 September, 2021

Important changes to work health and safety laws

The Victorian Government has introduced the Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (Bill). The Bill captures labour hire arrangements which means employers will owe the same duties to labour hire workers as they do towards their...
28 June, 2021

Listen: What can employers and their officers learn from the first ever industrial manslaughter prosecution?

We were delighted to have Madgwicks Lawyers Workplace Relations & Safety Partner Luisa Gonzaga explore what employers and their officers can learn from the first ever industrial manslaughter prosecution against Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd in June this year. In...
6 October, 2020

Working from home brings with it benefits and challenges…what should employers consider to minimise health and safety and WorkCover risk

Working from home brings with it benefits and challenges…what should employers consider to minimise health and safety and Workcover risk Working from home is not a new phenomenon.  However, in the past couple of months as a result of COVID-19,...
23 September, 2020