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TALM Annual Conference

5 – 7 October 2020

Skill-building: Environmentally Friendly Practices


Program is subject to change.  A detailed one will be available at the end of September.

Day 1 – registration from 11.00am – 11.30am. Finish 4pm

Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy

  • Conference Opening – Rosemary Anderson, Principal Education Officer, Department of Education
  • A-Lab: technological and electronic gadgets your school can hire – Stuart Thorne, Project Manager, Peter Underwood Centre
  • Microscopes and other interesting science equipment – Mark Leonard, Imbros.
  • Handling and storage of radioactive substances – Félix Werner, Health Physicist, Radiation Protection Unit, Population Health Services
  • Science Assist: a great science education resource
  • How to build a large Newton’s Cradle

Day 2 – 8.30-4pm

Sustainability Learning Centre, Hobart College, and Mt Nelson Fire Station, Mt Nelson

  • Tour of the SLC educational facilities and energy-efficient buildings – Nel Smit, Education Co-ordinator, Greening Australia
  • Greening Australia workshop (getting down and dirty outside: bring your gardening gloves!!) – Anna Minchin, Revegetation Program Leader, Greening Australia
  • Microbes and Winogradsky columns
  • Tour of Hobart College Science facilities including Royal Australian Chemical Institute demos
  • Fire safety – Phil Sansom, experienced Volunteer Fire-Fighter
  • Conference Dinner, 6.30pm venue to be confirmed. Dinner speaker: Peter Norris, Owner and Founder, Heritage Honey, Vice President of the Tasmanian Bee-Keepers’ Association.

Day 3 – 9am to 2pm

Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy

  • Microscope maintenance – William Hardman, Laboratory Manager, Newstead College
  • Reducing the cost of chemical disposal – Ben Mooney, Branch Manager – Liquid and Technical Services, Cleanaway. Ben is a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Chemistry.
  • Rock kits and Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) – Philip Sansom, Tasmania Coordinator, TESEP

Please note: a goods exchange table will not be offered at this conference.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we can only offer registrations for family members on Day 2 of this conference.

Conference enquiries to

Fiona Hay, E: fiona.hay(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0409 435 750

Miriam McFarlane, E: miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0468 540 025

COVID-19 Safety measures

The conference will be guided by the current Tasmanian Government regulations current on the day.  

TALM and our venues require the following:

  • Use hand sanitiser at sign in station
  • Sign in and provide contact details on arrival each day
  • Seating will be set 1.5m apart and participants are asked to maintain this distancing whenever possible
  • Density at 1 person per 2 square metres, maximum 30 people (including guest presenters) on Day 1 and Day 3 of the conference
  • Tours will involve splitting into groups
  • Catering stations will be spread out to avoid crowding
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes or individual kits will be provided for hands-on activities, as appropriate to the activity
  • Do not attend any day’s activities if you are unwell.


Delegates will be responsible for arranging their own. See your school Business Manager for funding through the school P.L. budget. You may wish to enquire with the Tasmanian Government about the $100 ‘mid-week’ accommodation voucher.

Riverfront Motel & Villas are offering corporate rates for TALM conference delegates.

Riverfront Motel & Villas

11 Strathaven Drive, Rosetta 7010 (HOBART) Tasmania

Phone: 03 6272 6721 Fax: 03 6273 1061

Please mention that you are part of the TALM conference to obtain the following rates:

– Budget Queen Rooms (queen bed): $84 per night

– Riverview Rooms (queen & single bed): $94 per night

– Two Bedroom Self Contained Villa (queen & 3 single beds): $129 per night for 1 person,

each additional person $10 per night

Further information can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/stay/

The menu can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/eat/

Monday evening meal:

If there is sufficient interest from conference delegates we can arrange a group booking at a suitable venue.

Riverfront Motel & Villas have a large dining room available. 

Delegates cover all their own costs for this meal.

Please email Fiona asap if you are interested.

Tuesday evening – Conference Dinner

6.30pm Venue to be confirmed

Full registration covers the cost of delegates meal – food only – purchase own drinks

Conference enquiries to

Fiona Hay, E: fiona.hay(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0409 435 750

Miriam McFarlane, E: miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0468 540 025

TALM 2019 Conference

Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers Annual Conference

Monday September 30 – Wednesday October 2, 2019

Science On the West Coast

Our North West members have been busy organising the Annual Conference at Waratah to be held at the end of term 3.

There will be a number of activities you can enjoy in and around Waratah, the details of which will be made available soon.

One of our guest speakers will update us on a new education resource the ORB. It is a collection of online resources to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal Histories and Cultures. The ORB has been developed by Aboriginal Education Services, Department of Education, Tasmania and assists with incorporating and understanding the role of indigenous culture in all aspects of the curriculum, including science.

Media Release from Science Education Technicians Australia & Australian Science Teachers Association

 The Media release below is a timely warning to make us more aware of taking  care in clearing away pracs from classrooms.
The experiment was  a senior chemistry demo only (using Bromine water, Cyclohexene and Cyclohexane) and was left in a fixed fume cupboard after the lesson. When the Yr 8 class came in next lesson a few students complained of the smell, had breathing difficulties and were sent to the office. As a precaution ambulance was called and took 6 students to hospital.
The room was evacuated. All protocols were followed in accordance with their risk assessment of the situation.
Students are fine and there were no serious injuries.

23 November 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: School laboratory safety: a vital issue

A recent incident in a NSW High School, where six students were hospitalised for chemical exposure, highlights the fundamental importance of laboratory safety in all Australian schools.

The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and the Science Education Technicians Australia (SETA) strongly advocate for school laboratory safety. They recognise that supporting teachers and school laboratory technicians to safely manage hands-on activities will allow students to conduct real- life experiments. This will allow schools to deliver one of the key objectives of the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026, endorsed by Australian Education Ministers as well as implementing the science inquiry component of the Australian Curriculum.

In 2014, ASTA developed an innovative, national advisory service called Science ASSIST. Science ASSIST was established to address a critical need—teachers of science and school laboratory technicians require good quality technical support to enable them to deliver opportunities for meaningful, practical activities for their students. The aim of the service is to improve the safety in the delivery of practical work conducted in school science lessons and to improve the general safety of school science laboratories.

“Educational research and teacher experience all affirm that practical experience in experimental work brings science alive for students. Laboratory learning environments encourage much sought after positive learning behaviours such as independence, critical thinking and problem solving. Laboratory experience is an essential element in increasing students’ enthusiasm for science, and in improving Australia’s performance in international benchmarking in science learning,” said Geoff Quinton, President, Australian Science Teachers Association.

Science ASSIST is the only service of its kind in Australia. It is a dynamic portal that provides school science educators with information, resources and consistent, well-researched, authoritative technical advice on school science laboratory safety and procedures in line with relevant state and territory requirements (https://assist.asta.edu.au/). The Q&A function is heavily subscribed with over 350 questions asked by educators in the school education sector.

This national initiative is currently supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and was developed to complement the service, technical advice and resources for school laboratory safety provided by each of the state and territory education jurisdictions.

It is currently freely available to ALL Australian schools from ALL education jurisdictions and sectors in EVERY state and territory.

A hallmark of Science ASSIST is the dynamic nature of the content and the capacity to respond to emerging national school science safety issues. For example, our response to Asbestos in mineral kits where the Science ASSIST team was instrumental in the issue of a national health and safety alert by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities.

Science ASSIST needs to be a part of every school STEM educators ‘tool kit’.

Geoff Quinton

Australian Science Teachers Association

For further information contact:
Vic Dobos, ASTA Chief Executive Officer, 0434 611 155

Margaret Croucher


Science Education Technicians Australia





TALM Presentations


Here are some photos  of  three of our members being recognised for the fantastic work that they do for TALM.

Annette McCarthy and Joy Arnott where awarded the June Whiteroad Award. This award recognises  members who regularly  participate and assist  in  TALM events.   Congratulations to Joy and Annette.

Judy Wilton was presented with the John Drake Award for 20 years service congratulations Judy.


Annette McCarthy  Presented with the June Whiteroad Award

by Andrew

Joy Arnott(left)Awarded with the June Whiteroad Award presenetd byMiriam


Judy Wilton (left) Presented with the John Drake presented by Miriam

TALM Executive Committee for 2017

Congratulations to our new executive committee for 2017 they are as follows:

President : Colin Lawrence

Treasurer :Mel Gleeson

Vice Presidents South: Joy Arnott & Fiona Hay

Vice President North William Hardman

Editor website & Immediate Past President Andrew Hull

Non Executive positions

SETA Representatives Andrew Hull & William Hardman

Data Base Manager Janaya Banks

TALM CONASTA 66 Representative Miriam McFarlane


TALM Conference

The 2016 TALM Conference was held at Sorell School and Ogilvie High in Hobart from the 3rd to the 5th of October 2016.

On day one we enjoyed a tour of the Sorell School Farm, it was really great to see how committed  and proud the  students were as they  showed us around .This years conference had a strong focus on safety. We had a session on fire safety with David Arnott and sessions on laboratory safety  with Lisa Stevens  from RACI/ RMIT  and Gary Lebsanft WHS Consultant on days one and two. Two of our experienced Lab Managers Tanya Adams and Bill Hardman ran some excellent practical sessions. Tanya shared her passion for geology and Bill ran a hands on electrical circuit session. Both sessions ended with requests for more, so we are likely to see Bill and Tanya running future sessions. The last day of the conference was a highlight for me with the tour of the Menzies Institute and an interesting behind the scenes tour of the Mornington Refuge Waste Transfer Station. Well done to our committee for organising and running an excellent conference.




Love the labelling


TALM AGM & Seminar 4th of December 2015

Here are some photos from the AGM and Seminar in December 2015.

One of the highlights of the seminar  was a presentation to  John Drake who retired after 54 years. John is a very unassuming person who doesn’t draw attention to himself, but is clever, resourceful and a wealth of information which he generously shares with his fellow Lab Managers.