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Positive Duty are a team of passionate consultants who have come together to help Australian employers navigate the new government legislation enforcing businesses of all sizes to take action against workplace sexual harassment.

Backed by extensive experience, Positive Duty strives to save you time and money, and reduce the risk of financial and reputational damage to your business.

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Complying with Australian law

In response to the newly introduced Anti-Discrimination and Humans Rights Legislation (Respect at Work) Act, Federal Government has changed Australian law to impose a new ‘positive duty’ on all employers. This new legislation requires all employers to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual harassment and other unlawful behaviour from occurring in the workplace.

Responding to complaints when they arise is no longer enough and active policies must be put in place to eliminate sex-based harassment, no matter the size of the business. As an employer, this means you could be held liable for any complaints made by any member of staff.

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Avoiding reputational harm

Failure to comply with the Sex Discrimination Act could not only lead to substantial fines and other detrimental financial penalties, it could also cause severe reputational harm to your business and brand effecting its value, insurance premiums, and a reduced appeal to prospective employees.

We are here to help you conduct a positive duty health check, comply with the seven standard guidelines, and put preventative measures in place to reduce risk.

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Our Team

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Richard Hurlin

Richard, the Director and Co-Founder of Positive Duty, brings a robust decade-long background in team management and compliance to the table. His journey, originating from the competitive realm of professional sports, has endowed him with a profound understanding of teamwork and forward-thinking strategies.

Throughout his career, Richard has seamlessly transitioned through various roles, including HR and compliance, refining his skills, and earning a reputation as a seasoned expert in the field. His knack for managing teams, coupled with a genuine commitment to fostering a collaborative culture, sets him apart as a leader.

Driven by a sincere passion for ensuring compliance with new legislation, Richard approaches each task with unwavering dedication, ensuring clients receive comprehensive support and guidance. Under his guidance, clients can trust that their compliance needs are met with precision and care.

In the complex landscape of regulatory compliance, Richard’s presence serves as a source of assurance, instilling confidence in clients and team members alike. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction remains unwavering, propelling Positive Duty toward continued success.

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Ian Alcock

Ian, a Co-founder, is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of dedicated service in the HR sector. Ian’s journey in the industry has been marked by a commitment to excellence and a passion for empowering organisations to thrive.

With a diverse background encompassing enterprise leadership, executive management in financial services, management consulting, and complex administration service providers, Ian brings a depth of experience that is truly unparalleled. His extensive track record includes serving in non-executive board positions and similar roles, alongside prestigious appointments such as becoming a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia in 2002 and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1996. Additionally, he holds the esteemed title of Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Ian’s unique blend of expertise and sensitivity allows him to navigate complex scenarios with ease, ensuring that clients’ needs are met with precision and care. Whether it’s strategic guidance, executive coaching, or tailored HR solutions, Ian’s holistic approach ensures that organisations receive the support they need to succeed.

At Positive Duty, Ian’s commitment to client satisfaction and his unparalleled level of professionalism are the cornerstones of our service. Trust in Ian and the Positive Duty team to deliver solutions that drive positive change and foster growth within your organisation.

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Colinda Farrar

Colinda, a Co-Founder of Positive Duty, brings a wealth of experience in health, safety, and quality. Having held key roles at prominent Australian and international heavy industry firms, she has excelled as a Health and Injury Management Advisor. Colinda has a proven track record of facilitating successful return to work initiatives for injured personnel and crafting impactful wellness programs to bolster employee well-being.

Her dedication to quality is evident in her adeptness at developing and implementing accredited quality management systems tailored to the needs of heavy industry clients. Furthermore, Colinda is passionate about assisting businesses with their policy requirements, leveraging her expertise to ensure regulatory compliance and organisational excellence.

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