Rockhampton Region- AOQ-QLD is a World Partner of ASQ

Wednesday 28 September at 5.00pm

ISO 9001:2015 – The Way Forward

Mike Harris President AOQ-QLD
Learn the new ISO 9001:2015 requirements, the implications and benefits for your organization, and what to do practically to comply.

Location:: CQUniversity Rockhampton, North Rockhampton Campus Building 5 Room G02 Map

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Mike Harris is responsible for the development, management and provision of quality services at Aurizon to support delivering projects to customer requirements.  Mike maintains the Quality Management System, the continuous improvement of systems and processes and the development of a quality culture. Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 50 ASX company.

Mike is currently the President and a Board member of Australian Organisation for Quality-Qld and is a Fellow of the organisation. Mike is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with PMI.

Previously Mike was the Manager Operational Quality at Airbus Group Australia Pacific and prior to that the Corporate Business Systems and Quality Director for AECOM Australia and New Zealand for over 9 years.

Mike has been involved in quality and business excellence as a professional since 1993. Mike has implemented and maintained management and business systems addressing quality, safety and environmental processes in Engineering, Defence, IT and Manufacturing companies. Mike has worked for reputable companies in Asia Pacific and Australasia that have a global reach (e.g. Boeing Australia, AECOM, Mincom and Airbus ).

Mike specializes in aligning the critical elements of an organisation into a consolidated management and business system by focussing on the change management issues and facilitating improvements in all functions. Mike has project managed numerous internal and client projects giving him a good understanding of project and risk management processes, including integration of systems which include behavioral changes.

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Rockhampton is known as the beef capital of Australia. The city acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries that operate in Western Queensland. It houses two large abattoirs and one of the largest livestock sales facilities in the country at Gracemere, just west of the city.

The region’s economy has been driven by global demand for energy and food resources. Central Queensland produces almost 50% of the state’s electricity and its natural deep-water port in Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port.


Central Queensland is home to a multi-million dollar agricultural industry that includes beef, cotton, grain and fruit production. This sector makes up nearly one-quarter of our state’s total exports and is part of Queensland’s A$13 billion primary industry sector, which is supported by innovative research and development and rich natural resources.

The region produces an unequalled range of food products counter-seasonal to the northern hemisphere. Rockhampton houses two large export licensed abattoirs and one of the largest livestock sales facilities in the country.

Mining and Resources

The Bowen Basin in Central Queensland is the nation’s largest coal reserve and has 46 operational coal mines extracting over 200 million tonnes of coal annually, representing more than 90% of Queensland’s coal production.

Proximity to the Bowen, Surat and Galilee basins, with established freight and logistics infrastructure (including ports at both Gladstone and Port Alma), make Central Queensland a major hub for coal, energy and gas production.

The port of Gladstone handles more than 79 million tonnes of cargo annually and is the world’s fifth largest coal export port. Over 30% of the Queensland’s exports and close to 10% of Australia’s exports are moved from the port of Gladstone:

  • The largest wharf, RG Tanna Coal Terminal can move in excess of 70 million tonnes each year and handles over 40 varieties of coal coming out of the Southern Bowen Basin mines.
  • The new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, stage one due to commence at end of 2014, will export an additional 25 million tonnes of coal.


It is also the hub for an active business improvement networking group.

Training and Education available. Contact 07 3816 2255 or 041 977 2926 or

What is a Regional Group?

A grouping of members by location.

Members of AOQ-QLD are automatically assigned to the Region for their locality.

All Regions have a basic set of objectives that can be built upon as required. They are:

  1. To promote and contribute to the science and practice of quality management and business improvement in any of its forms in the Region's zone;
  2. To recognise and to advance the status of the natural persons in the Region.;
  3. To disseminate knowledge of the science and practice of quality management and business improvement in the Region;
  4. To initiate, conduct, supervise, and assist in research and investigations into the science and practice of quality management and business improvement in the Region.

The Regions that are planned and/or currently operating (and contact persons) are:


Cairns Contact

Townsville Contact

Mackay Contact

Rockhampton Contact

Gladstone Contact

Sunshine Coast Contact

Toowoomba Contact

Gold Coast Contact

To join download a Membership Application Form at

More information, phone 07 3816 2255 or 041 977 2926 or

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