Wise Workplace Investigations

July 2009 Issue

We Acknowledge the traditional owners and ancestors of the country that we walk upon.

Latest WISE News

'Thank you' to all who visited us at the AHRI Convention

WISE exhibited at it's first trade show event at the AHRI convention in mid June. Thank you to all who visited us. It was a delight to meet and talk with so many HR professionals from many divergent organisations. We look forward to being able to assist with your problems in the future.

Congratulations to Sallyann Philpott of the Federal Group, Tasmania who was the winner of our prize draw. Sallyann wins five fantastic books including "Working with Monsters" and "The pleasures and Sorrows of Work"

NAIDOC Week 5-12 July

The focus of this years celebrations are in Brisbane with the theme "Honouring our Elders, Nurturing our Youth" It is an opportunity to participate in celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

To find out more about whats going on in your area visit the NAIDOC web site.

Biannual Report "Corruption Matters"

As the ICAC commence public hearings into allegations of corrupt conduct by the former head of Sydney Ferries ICAC have published it's biannual newsletter "Corruption Matters" for 2009. Celebrating 20 years ICAC reports that it has considered 35,500 corruption complaints, made 740 recommendations regarding corruption prevention and conducted 280 formal investigations. You can access a copy of "Corruption Matters" here.

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Feature article

$466,000 awarded in damages for sexual harassment experienced in the workplace

The Federal Court of Australia awarded damages this week of $466,000 in favour of Ms Poniatowska for sexual harassment and subsequent discrimination she suffered in the workplace. WISE principal Harriet Stacey discusses the case and what measures employers can take to combat the problem. Forward to full article on sexual harassment.

What is Reasonable Use of the Corporate Card?

When your senior executive abuses the Corporate Credit Card - how do you know it's fraud?

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is currently investigating allegations that a former Sydney Ferries Chief Executive used corporate credit cards for more than $200,000 worth of personal expenses.

His misuse allegedly included theatre tickets, mortgage repayments, school fees and other personal items. His defence is that if he placed and 'R' next to certain items on the statement, they were reimbursable.

WISE Principal Jo Kamira discusses how what constitutes 'Reasonable Use' in the context of case examples. Click here to find out more.

Lifeline's Stress Down Day - Friday 24 July 2009

Managing Stress

The current climate in our society is one that presents us with a multitude of stresses. the need to juggle so many priorities means that we can often forget to think about our won well being. Research conducted by Lifeline Australia found that 91% of Australians experience stress in their life due to pressures relating to work, family, their future, health and financial pressures. Click here to download Lifeline's managing stress toolkit or access www.stressdown.org.au for ideas on how to participate in Stress Down Day.

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What's on........

Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009

This years conference is a joint initiative of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (QLD), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (NSW), and the Corruption and Crime Commission (WA).

This is a significant opportunity for Australian and international public officials to learn about contemporary anti-corruption trends and strategies, and to network with senior representatives of leading AUstralian public sector agencies. This conference will also be of particular interest to health administrators, tertiary institutions and agencies providing services in remote locations, with sessions focusing on each of these areas.

Four days of workshops and conference sessions between 28 - 31 July 2009

  • When: 28th -31st July 2009
  • Where: Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane

For more information go to www.apsacc.com.au

The Disability and Age Discrimination Law Reform Summit

Key note address by the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services. This summit will discuss legal aspects of discrimination in the workplace, provide advice on key issues for employers such as handling discrimination claims against your organisation and present case studies from IBM Australia and New Zealand; City of Sydney and Telstra Diversity Council and others.

  • When: 30th and 31st July 2009
  • Where: Swissotel, Sydney

For more information - www.iir.com.au

Performance Management Conference

The Performance Management and Behavioural Change Conference is designed for HR professionals and will address both the technical aspect of performance management and the communication skills managers can develop to improve outcomes during performance reviews.

Hear leading HR professionals discuss how to take performance management forward from being a largely paper-based, annual chore to a daily tool line mangers can use to lift productivity. The conference will examine such issues as:

- Changing the behaviours and attitudes of line managers to make performance management successful

- Establishing clear goals for all employees linked to corporate objectives

- Developing strategies to deal with misconduct and poor performance

  • When: 27-29 July 2009
  • Where: The Grace Hotel Sydney

For more information - contact Tonkin Corporation: 02 9224 6000

Five minutes with WISE Senior Investigator Kylie Starling

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Kylie Starling has been a Senior Investigator with WISE Workplace Investigations since 2006. She is an expert in Child Protection matters and manages our investigations into reportable conduct. (more)....

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