Riskworks are expert safety, risk and emergency management consultants.

Providing business conformance documentation and training with timely and cost-effective outcomes for a broad range of industry sectors.

Drawing from an unparalleled body of knowledge our expert team in WHS, emergency management, operational risk and business continuity work together to identify and eliminate gaps in your risk programs, to improve business outcomes and reduce operational and compliance costs.

For over 20 years Riskworks have designed, implemented and helped manage risk, safety and emergency programs for some of the country’s largest venues, events, corporations and government departments.

Whether its’s emergency and crisis management, fire evacuation training or security and safety risk assessments, Riskworks tailor solutions to best suit your business needs.

A group of likeminded consultants
providing a broad range of risk services


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“We all need to have a plan”


McDonald Jones Stadium
Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd

Our consultants’ experience includes

Frankston City
Mountain Sounds Festival
EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment
University of Wollongong
Wet n Wild
Netball NSW
Cronulla RSL
Queens Baton Relay
Commonwealth Games 2018
Thredbo Resort
State Theatre
Australian Ballet
Australian Turf Club Limited
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Museum Victoria
Future Music
Sydney Aquarium
Griffith University
Sydney Convention Centre
Sydney Cricket Ground
Rowing World Cup
Tigers Clubs
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Sydney International Regatta Centre
Hunter Venues
Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Exhibition Park in Canberra
Sydney Tower Skywalk
Shanghai Expo
Stadiums Queensland
Suncorp Stadium
Aquatic Centre
The Arts Centre
Vancouver 2010
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
NSW Government South East Regional Hospital
100 Years of Anzac Albany WA
Rydges Sydney Airport

“We know what to do & when to do it.”

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Managing Director – Karessa Symons-Hall has an extensive background in hospitality, venue and event management. 

As a former long-standing regional tourism operator and restaurateur Karessa has built her business knowledge in some of Australia’s most demanding and challenging operating environments. Her deep understanding of business risk, especially in customer focused settings, brings a unique set of skills to the Riskworks business. 

Karessa has forged a strong reputation as a doer which underpins Riskworks business ethos of ‘thinking about risk differently’ to deliver exceptional results on-time and on-budget. 


Rick Parkes has most recently been contracted to SACL taking on the role of Fire Safety Manager on behalf of Riskworks.

Rick offers 25 years of experience with Fire and Rescue NSW culminating in the position as Manager Professional Development.

Rick was a Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent with up to 300 staff under his command at any given time. His last role as Command Leadership and Management Manager was critical in the training and development of all fire fighters, officers, senior officers and executive officers.

He has had high levels of involvement in specialist projects.

Rick has worked with a range of Government facilities including schools, hospitals and corrective services departments.

Rick is uniquely experienced as he has the knowledge of Fire Safety at the terminals in the Fire Safety Managers role. Additionally, he has enormous depth of understanding of fire safety systems strategies, legislation and standards such as the BCA and Australian Standards and how to apply them in the real world.


Alison has over 16 years’ experience in health and safety management with Local Government, Corporate and Events. Alison specialises in developing strategies and systems enabling people to work more efficiently

Alison works with our team in developing specific solutions and needs for the app Procedures On-line and brings her years of experience to the table when improving the apps capabilities.


Following a successful career in television news media Brett transitioned to security in 1991.  As a member of the security profession for over 3 decades he has delivered a myriad of public safety and security solutions from formal risk assessments, manpower, industry-based training and state-of-the-art security technologies.

In addition to extensive operational knowledge as a long-term business owner Brett’s responsibility also included managing finance, budgets, business compliance, sales & marketing, providing leadership, enhancing technical systems, HS&E, recruitment, training and managing over 6000 employees across almost every Australian state/territory.

Brett has extensive experience in delivering professional services across a broad range of industry sectors which include: major sporting and cultural events, local and state governments, critical and important infrastructure, national corporate organisations, critical and important infrastructure transport and logistics, manufacturing, retail, universities & educational centres and health & aged-care facilities.

Setting the highest benchmarks of professionalism, ethical conduct and performance outcomes and influencing change through dynamic leadership and best practice operations. Brett’s commitment, passion, education and active participation in industry have been keys to his success.

As a regular author and contributor to industry journals, magazines, online forums Brett’s key driver has been to help consumers make better choices regarding their safety and security outcomes whilst also influencing industry policy, regulation, standards and performance.



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+61 2 80317777

4/6 Mowbray St Sylvania 2224 NSW