Renowned for her strategic and pragmatic legal counsel, Luisa is highly respected for her leading expertise across all facets of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS).

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Luisa works collaboratively with clients to understand their unique environmental and operational complexities, proactively addressing health and safety challenges. Her clients include government departments, independent schools, large construction firms, major supermarket chains, and businesses in the oil and gas, transport, manufacturing, rail, and logistics sectors based in Australia and overseas.

Luisa regularly conducts WHS training assisting organisations to achieve safety compliance and implement improvements, from employee level to senior management, boards and executive teams.


Luisa takes a systematic approach to risk management, evaluating existing WHS management systems against evolving standards and legislation. She makes tiered recommendations to guide employers on how to establish safer working environments and ensure ongoing compliance.


  • WHS management system reviews
  • Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) audits
  • Responding to notices issued by a WHS regulator
  • Policy and process development
  • Compliance training


Luisa works proactively with agents and regulators to secure early resolutions, ensuring her clients’ interests are protected while seeking fair and favourable outcomes.


  • Workplace investigations
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • Termination disputes
  • Bullying and harassment complaints


Luisa is available 24/7 to assist employers responding to a serious incident at work. She offers expert guidance and support in high pressure situations, guiding her clients through the immediate aftermath, as well as any longer-term ramifications.


  • Incident reporting
  • Future control measures
  • Safety prosecutions
  • Coronial inquests

Areas of Expertise

Recent Articles by Luisa Gonzaga

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