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To be honest, we don’t see what all the fuss is about.
We believe the Australian dismissal
system is straightforward and fair
As long as employers seek timely, qualified, and practical
assistance, the process to dismiss an employee or defend an unfair
dismissal claim will be a simple and painless exercise. Don’t believe me?
Call us with a question then decide for yourself.
WHY USE US
We are experts in all matters relating to employment separation.
We specialise in this area of Industrial Relations.
We help employers dismiss employees ‘fairly’ and we also
provide representation for unfair dismissal claims in the Fair
In the last 18 months, we have represented people in over 1000
Businesses face many known and unknown operational risks. Effective
management teams plan for and reduce as many of these as possible.
To help you remove your unfair dismissal risk, we offer a service that we
call ‘dismissal insurance’
You can buy this piece of mind from us for a fixed fee of $990 (inc GST).
For this fee we will help you ‘fairly’ dismiss an employee and if
required, we will also represent you at any resultant unfair
dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission.
Interested? Contact Peter Anderson for details.
1800 230 600 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.dismissals.com.au
Need to dismiss an employee?
WE CAN HELP YOU!
In 2015 there are going to be about 17,000 unfair dismissal claims.
Does that concern you or your business at all?
“I’VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN
WHAT ENABLES PEOPLE WHEN
FACED WITH ADVERSITY.”
“I WANT TO WORK FOR A COMPANY
THAT VALUES HR AS PART OF THE
MENTOR. MENTEE .
Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
MENTOR: JOSIE THOMSONCAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: TRAINER AND MENTOR AT
MENTEE: DALEEN VAN DER MERWECAHRI
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR PROFESSIONAL
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR
I began working for the State
Bank of Victoria, then moved
to the tax depar tment of BHP
Billiton. Then I somehow ended
up in HR leading lear ning and
development for BHP Coal in the
I began my own business in executive coaching in 2001
and have never looked back. I’ve always been interested in
what enables people when faced with adversity, and how to
encourage people to unleash their full potential and live life
to the fullest. I became an ambassador for Childhood Cancer
Support in 2014, and my work has been recognised on the
global stage. It’s an honour and a joy to be doing something I
truly love ever y day.
Q. HOW DID YOUR MENTORING RELATIONSHIP COME
Daleen and I were matched by AHRI, and there was an instant
synergy between us. I knew we were going to achieve much
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM YOUR MENTEE?
I learned that women are capable of juggling many roles and
priorities extremely well when they practise discipline and
healthy boundaries. Daleen and I both completed masters
studies in the past three months and have enjoyed successful
professional careers. Daleen is an ambitious woman, keen
to make a difference and keen to add value to whatever she
sets her efforts towards. She has shown me just how much a
woman with fierce focus, spirited action and grit can achieve.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR MENTEE HAS TAKEN AWAY
FROM THE EXPERIENCE?
I hope Daleen has g ained value from allowing herself to
receive genuine care and support. Daleen is an extremely
competent professional. What Daleen most needed to achieve
her goals was capacity, drive and discipline. All I did was
shine a light to remind her of the bright spark she already is!
Q. WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF
THE MENTORING EXPERIENCE?
It helped me to clarify some of my
personal and career objectives
while completing my MBA
(majoring in HR) in preparation for
new career opportunities. It was
often the oasis in the deser t. It gave
me valuable time to concentrate
on the bigger picture with the realisation that sometimes small
adjustments can have major ef fects.
Q. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED?
To be truly resilient through conquering your fears, dealing with
change and reminding yourself who you are, what you stand for
and what really matters.
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION. HOW OFTEN DID
I was so excited after our first meeting. We talked through our
backgrounds, interests and challenges, and discussed our
expectations for the year ahead. At our monthly meetings, Josie
would give me some ‘homework’ in preparation for our next
catch-up that assisted me in setting and aligning my goals.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HR JOB?
My aspirations are to find a role with a strong focus on strategic
HR and an opportunity to translate business strategies into
HR priorities. I want to work for a company that values HR as
par t of the strategic team and is seeking to improve broad
organisational issues relating to ef fectiveness, changes
in structure and culture, matching resources to future
requirements, the development of distinctive capabilities,
knowledge management and the management of change.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A MENTEE ABOUT TO
START THE PROGRAM?
Set clear expectations and goals before star ting the process and
revisit these goals to ensure you are achieving them. Don’t be
af raid to ask a lot of questions of your mentor. Always value their
time and be prepared for all meetings because it will maximise
your learning. Enjoy the experience – it is great!
Whether you are a mentee
wanting to excel in your
current position or a
looking to develop your
coaching and mentoring
skills, AHRI ’s members-
only mentoring program
will give you valuable
insights from the sharing
of advice, knowledge and
Applications for Intake
2 of the 2015 AHRI
Mentoring Program will
close 31 August.
For more information on
the program, visit ahri.
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