2017 Snapshot – SHR Says Thanks

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As the festive season rapidly approaches, the Directors of SHR want to wish all of our Clients, Staff and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year…

We also wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks to all our loyal Clients that have supported us throughout the year and our wonderful team of dedicated consultants, contractors and support staff for delivering great results…… Results that have seen us complete some wonderfully challenging and satisfying work in every state and territory, New Zealand and other locations across the globe. I also want to personally thank the SHR Senior Team for displaying the quality of leadership and support that seems to be so desperately lacking in some organisations, according to recent media reports!

So what has SHR achieved in 2017? …Well this year we’ve seen a significant increase in our case load across all competencies including:

  • HR, ER, IR and HSE consulting & advisory services
  • Resourcing and Contracting of professionals
  • Business migration advice, compliance and processing and
  • HR managed services

Plus SHR has been working with several clients that have engaged us to undertake strategic pieces of work that we believe differentiates us from our competitors including:

  • Strategic planning with Executive Teams and Boards focussing on mission critical HR, IR and ER issues along with the requisite implementation support;
  • Buyer-side major asset and enterprise mergers & acquisition due diligence, risk assessments and integration planning;
  • Transformational change affecting major businesses with deeply entrenched and traditional industrial relations practices resulting in significant improvements;
  • Strategic workforce planning, labour analytics and Industry 4.0 advice – ‘the workforce of the future’;
  • Organisational design and re-organisations; and
  • Labour demand profiles and reporting

Much of this has been delivered to clients in many of SHR’s traditional as well as new industry sectors including:

  • Oil & Gas offshore and onshore projects and maintenance
  • CBD construction
  • Downstream and upstream resources processing
  • Renewable energy, in wind and solar
  • Traditional power generation
  • Agribusiness
  • Mining startups, expansions and maintenance
  • Rail and ports, including marine industrial services and support
  • Vessel operators
  • Sport and recreation
  • Professional and industrial services
  • Local Government
  • Utilities and Infrastructure

As for our great team at SHR we’ve added additional resources in the Consulting and Resourcing teams based in Victoria, Western Australia and Brisbane and grown our Alliance partnerships with several key providers such as Bartlett Workplace providing great network support to SHR’s clients.

Looking forward we are definitely seeing the signs of a recovery underway with key sectors gaining momentum. Most exciting are the ‘green shoots’ we are seeing in major projects coming off the drawing board on the West Coast and significant opex spend on existing operations trending upwards over the next 18 – 24 months. On the East Coast the infrastructure spend in Victoria alone is slated at $45bn now and into the foreseeable future and represents a great opportunity SHR and our clients.

If you would like to talk to a Principal Consultant about how SHR may be able to assist your business please contact Steve Rayner on 08 9485 4200 or email





SHR Continues to Grow

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As SHR continues to expand, and our growth strategy comes to fruition, we are also attracting highly capable and qualified employees.  With that in mind we are pleased to announce the appointment of Conor Fahey to the position of Employee Relations Consultant in our Perth office.

Conor joins SHR at an exciting time in the firm’s evolution as we expand both geographically and through the further development of our core competencies, as well as along industries lines.  Conor brings a broad work experience base having worked in HR, recruitment and most recently the legal profession as a qualified lawyer, across sectors such as State and Local Government, general industry and the commercials sector.  With legal qualifications supported by Degrees in Commerce (HR, Industrial Relations) and Psychology, Conor brings a unique blend of ‘real life’ experience with a specialist education.

SHR’s Director Consulting, Belinda Honey commented….”Conor is one of those unique individuals that we come across from time to time, who has a great foundation based on his real life work experience applied across multiple sectors, balanced with exceptional qualifications.  This makes him a great fit for SHR and a great provider of solutions to our clients for their people management challenges…”

Conor will commence at SHR in late November so please join the Directors in welcoming Conor to SHR..

Should you wish to contact Conor please phone 08 9485 4200 or email him direct on

Beach Energy & SHR – Gassed up and Ready to Go!

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Beach Energy announces transformational acquisition of Lattice Energy. Beach CEO, Matt Kay, said  “The acquisition of Lattice is transformational for Beach and represents a significant milestone as we execute our strategy to become a premier upstream oil and gas company.”

SHR continues to proudly support the Beach Energy due diligence team with strategic  and operational assessment, detailed analysis and advice across the full HR value chain, including the industrial relations and employment transfer aspects of the deal and subsequent integration planning.

Project Lead – SHR’s Director of Consulting Belinda Honey stated, ” its extremely pleasing for the SHR & Beach teams to have achieved this milestone.  We have all worked tirelessly to get there…its was also pleasing that from the start the Beach leadership team could see the strategic and commercial benefit of SHR completing detailed analysis of people related risks associated with the deal, especially the industrial relations component.  The IR and ER component is both a high risk exposure given the regions involved and an area that SHR has deep experience and contemporary understanding…a great result and one that makes the integration stage just a fraction easier…”

SHR are specialists in the people component of Mergers and Acquisitions, both at the due diligence and the integration phases. Clients looking to invest in high value and high risk projects or mergers and acquisitions, should consider this simple series of questions:

“ I understand the people risks in this deal and the materiality of the associated impacts if things go wrong and do I have a plan?”

If the answer is ‘no or we’re not sure’, contact SHR for a discussion on 089485 4200 or drop us a brief email and one of our Directors will contact you confidentiality …..

Restart on the Horizon

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Since a seawall collapse in October 2014 halted operations at Mt Gibson Iron’s (MGI) Koolan Island ore mine, the company patiently waited before making the decision to restart the mine and operations.

With insurance payouts in place and Koolan Island resources established, MGI began planning to rebuild the mine in June of 2017, with operations and sales to re-commence in 2019.

SHR is proud to be MGI’s preferred provider of HR and ER services through our Managed Services team and we have recently assisted MGI with several significant strategic and operational outcomes that have supported the Koolan Island restart…

If your business is under pressure to reduce operating costs or to improve HR service delivery why not consider SHR’s outsourced HR and ER, which includes outsourced Payroll Processing, all of which has helped to reduce MGI’s costs of doing business and improved HR service delivery to the line markedly….

To see more click on the article below …. or contact SHR on 08 9485 4200 or



SHR’s Migration Team Powers Up Tassie!

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SHR’s Business Migration Consulting expertise and fast turnaround helped repair Basslink’s Tasmanian Interconnector cable and prevent ongoing state power shortages for Tasmanians.

One of our offshore clients desperately needed help over the 2015/2016 Christmas period following a failure to the Basslink Interconnector cable. Specialist cable lay vessel and their subsea and vessel operations crews were needed from overseas, the problem was, visa approvals can take weeks and sometimes months to process. SHR sought and received Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) early intervention support for urgent processing of in excess of 120 Subclass 400 visas under “emergency workers being in Australia’s National Interest”. As a result of SHR’s capability we were able to quickly gain approval and deliver the full back to back crews under “Australia’s National Interest” received provisions with visas granted within 24-48 hours of lodgement. A great result for the client and an even better result for the Tasmanians!


Basslink is a 500 MW high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable link crossing Bass Strait, connecting the Loy Yang Power Station, Victoria on the Australian mainland to the George Town substation in northern Tasmania.

Initial contact from the Client was received on Christmas Eve, and with the help of SHR’s BMT, the first crew was approved and sailing into Australia with the cable lay vessel on 22 January 2016. A great turn around for the Client and the Tasmanian economy.

SHR’s Business Migration consulting and processing team has also and continue to assisted many clients involved in some of Australia’s largest resource projects, such as: o Prelude
o Inpex
o Vincent
o Amrun
o Julimar
o Fitzroy Cable Laying
o Seismic vessels for Carnarvon Basin / Bass Strait / Otway Basin

If your project needs strategic migration advice or you need efficient and cost effective Visa processing contact our Principal Migration Consultant – Jackie Hill on +618 9485 4200 or email by clicking here (MARN: 9903000)


SHR Returns to the Kwinana Strip

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SHR was recently appointed as the Strategic Workforce Advisor to deliver Industrial and Employees Relations project support and capability to MSP Engineering. MSP are delivering the ambitious design, build and commissioning of the $400m Tianqi Lithium Processing Plant currently under construction on the Kwinana Industrial strip.

After the strategy piece had been established,  a strong plan for effective workforce deployment and sub-contractor management was needed. SHR’s Construction Practice established the onsite operating principles, access management and facilitated effective sub-contractor selection and compliance with the MSP ERMP and strategy. During construction close to 400 jobs have been created and once commissioned more job opportunities will result.
Tianqi Lithium is the largest lithium processor in the world and is a strong supporter of economic investment and growth in WA. Subcontractor selection and support capabilities were key drivers of the decision by MSP and Tianqi to select SHR as its preferred  workforce advisor.
After several years of depressed market activity and lack of investment in the Kwinana strip industries, the Tianqi Lithium, MSP Engineering and SHR are proud to be delivering new capacity, employment and future growth for the local community, not to mention the world’s highest quality lithium.

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Diagram: Kwinana Tianqi Lithium Plant Concept

Well done to the SHR team, another great resources and manufacturing project win!  If you’d like to discuss your next major project employee, industrial and subcontractor strategy design and deployment model with an experienced practice, contact Belinda directly at 08 9485 4200 or email click here

SHR’s Contractors Solve the Cost versus Capacity Challenge!

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SHR’s contracting team is responding to the changing demands for capability as clients reduce their people capacity. As organisations look closer and closer at their people costs and grapple with how to transition to lower cost operating models, SHR is supporting its clients with cost effective HR Contractors that deliver….

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There is no doubting that in difficult times, effective organisations look to reduce their capacity back to ‘core services and functionality’, but then grapple with the need to still get things done! So the challenge is – how can businesses meet demand with a significantly lower human resource capacity without blowing the budget?

SHR is helping its clients meet this need by deploying short, medium and long term pre-qualified Contractors that deliver.  So what are clients saying about this service:

” ….its exactly what we need at this time in our business cycle. Our safety systems and processes needed a review and updating in order to meet our contract obligations and SHR’s contractor was able to sort this for us in under three weeks and at affordable rates…great service and a really experienced contractor….Head of HR Tech Business”

” ….SHR’s HR Contractor Jo has been incredible. From reviewing current systems and processes to assisting our managers develop their people management skills and everything in between.  Jo was just what we needed and with pressure on our budgets, a short term contractor was the answer.  SHR responded quickly and professionally to our request for help…we will do again when the need arises that’s for sure…CEO national NFP” 

“….Our payroll system had major issues, it was built on EAs that were complex and difficult to interpret. SHR’s Contractor was able to quickly understand the problems, develop a range of solutions and assist with implementation…all of this in just 6 months…well done SHR…Head of HR Major Agri business”

We are finding that this solution is providing clients with “just in time” capability at a cost that works in the current market, right across Australia !!

If you have immediate HR, ER, IR, Rem, OSH, Payroll or other people management related needs and want a quick, cost effective solution without comprising quality,contact SHR and let us show you what we can do!.

Check out our capability statement…….contracting ……or simply contact one of SHR’s team on:

WA/NT/SA – Brian Kelsey on mobile: 0419 110 708

QLD/NSW – Steve Rayner on mobile: 0418 923 981

VIC – Colin Brown on mobile: 0413 725 860

Or simply contact SHR on 08 9485 4200 or email us at SHR Email

SHR Helps Connect North West Offshore

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New North West cable supports $50B developments.

The SHR Consulting team that supported the Alcatel-Lucent project team congratulates all participants on a successful execution. SHR provided end to end Industrial Relations, HR and Migration consulting and processing to enable the effective deployment of project personnel.

A NEW purpose-built, subsea, fibre-optic network has officially been switched on, based off the north-west of Western Australia to eventually support the Ichthys and Prelude FLNG developments. The North West Cable System creates a link from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Hedland in Western Australia, and will connect the developments being finalised by Shell and Inpex in the offshore Browse Basin, as well as further extending Australia’s optic fibre network. The NWCS has been in development for more than two years, and the 2100km cable was switched on this week by operators Nextgen Group and Nokia’s Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.

Alcatel Lucent Cable Project

The state-of-the-art, high-speed data communications is now integrated into Nextgen’s 17,000km national transmission network and Metronode’s national network of data centres, providing immediate telecommunications benefits to those communities in the NT and WA connected to the cable.

Nextgen Group CEO David Yuile said the $US139 million ($A185 million) cable system not only provided essential support for Australia’s oil and gas projects by linking the offshore facilities to their onshore data centres, but promoted competition with new telecommunication infrastructure for businesses and consumers in regional communities at the cable landing points.

“High-speed connectivity has now emerged as a vital component to operate any business regardless of geographical location – be it 200km offshore – or in remote and regional Australia.

“The completion of the NWCS is a significant milestone for the Nextgen Group and will deliver a digital dividend to Australia’s resources sector and to regional communities in Australia’s North West,” Yuile said.

“The NWCS project also demonstrates how technology advances can accompany the evolution of economic and energy needs, while enhancing the communication infrastructure in the region.” ALSN president Philippe Piron added.

Piron said the cable will offer higher bandwidth availability, greater reliability and lower latency which are of critical importance to enhance the efficiency of operations on and off-shore.

Work commenced on the cable in May 2014 and the Prelude and Ichthys JVs contributed equally to the construction of the system, which has a design capacity of more than 3.2 terabits per second, with the potential to be upgraded to more than 32Tb/s.

Both Ichthys and Prelude are expected to begin production in 2017.

Nextgen has included additional capability in the system that allows for enhanced telecommunications resilience for the NT.

It has also provisioned future connections into other locations such as the Tiwi Islands and established infrastructure-based, high-bandwidth capability in the Pilbara region.

For help with you next major resource project contact SHR on +61 8 9485 4200 or



SHR’s Construction Practice is Growing!

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SHR’s strategic plan includes targeting national expansion into new areas of people management consulting and services. One of the many areas that has grown significantly for SHR is our Civil and Construction practice thanks primarily to Principal Consultant Mark Hudston’s industry capability, experience and client relationships, and SHR’s overall project delivery quality.

Due to this growth we are pleased to announce that Ted Boronovskis has joined SHR as a Senior Consultant – IR.  Ted joins us today as senior member of our team and brings enormous experience to SHR’s consulting capability, specifically in relation to major Civil and CBD Construction projects.

Prior to joining SHR Ted has been providing advice on industrial relations matters for over 45 years.  In recent years Ted had been seconded to major CBD builders, including Brookfield Multiplex, to assist them in managing their industrial relations with the building unions on inner city building projects.

Previously Ted provided strategic advice in the resource and construction industry, including projects such as Karrara Iron Ore mine, Southern Seawater Desalination Project and Tropicana Gold Project.

Prior to working in the resource and building sector Ted provided industrial relations advice to the WA State Government for a number of years. He advised departments such as Health, Police and Education and headed up the Government’s negotiating team in negotiating new enterprise agreements with the public service unions.

Preceding this Ted was involved in the offshore oil and gas industry for about 20 years providing strategic industrial relations advice to unions. He later served as the Federal Government’s port conciliator for the port of Fremantle for 3 years on a part time basis.

We look forward to Ted joining the team and if you would like to meet with Ted or Mark please contact SHR on 08 9485 4200 or email them direct. Email Ted or Email Mark 

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Avoid the Fair Work Commission Penalty Traps!

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Adapting to changing market conditions has led a number of companies to freeze or reduce pay rates over the past few years. A smart and reasonable response for any company facing uncertain market conditions.

However, if left unchecked, this strategy could lead to rates of pay falling behind the Fair Work Commission’s minimum pay requirements, potentially exposing you to penalties of up to $51,000 per contravention for breaches.

SHR’s payroll analysis consultants were recently able to help a client where this potential had become reality. We want to share their story with you to help you avoid falling into the same trap.

Company A had implemented a wage freeze in 2014 and made adjustments to worksite rosters without increasing pay rates. They also overlooked two modern award rate increases. This resulted in rates of pay falling behind the minimum requirements.

Our SHR payroll analysis consultants were able to assist Company A with advice on strategy and processes to rectify the underpayment without any industrial relations issues or penalties arising.

Another potential hazard for payroll departments is the incorrect leave recording and application of leave accruals, particularly where different roster arrangement are in place. Failure to accurately record leave can also lead to breaches of enterprise agreements or legislation.

On a routine audit of Company B’s leave system, SHR consultants checked leave records against the payroll system and found accruals had been applied incorrectly. The potential risk exposure amounted to over $2million. Company B now faces the significant challenge of identifying and correctly adjusting leave records for each individual employee.

Tips for avoiding the $51,000 penalty trap and huge $s in risk exposure

  1. Be mindful when implementing pay freezes or pay cuts that you continue to monitor mandatory Fair Work Commission annual wage reviews for modern awards and minimum wages. This was up 2.4% from 1 July 2016 and 2.5% in 2015.
  2. If you pay employees in accordance with enterprise agreements, ensure your employees’ base rates of pay do not fall below the amounts required through relevant modern awards or the national minimum wage.
  3. If you pay your employees through annualised salaries, ensure those salaries remain sufficient to cover the employees’ minimum wage entitlements, taking into account their particular roster and work arrangements.
  4. Be aware that failure to comply with Fair Work Commission mandatory awards can incur penalties of up to $51,000 per contravention for breaches.
  5. Also be aware of the importance of accurate leave record keeping and checking the correct application of leave accruals in accordance with Enterprise Agreements or Legislative requirements – especially where different roster arrangements are in place.

Think you might be at risk of exposure? Don’t delay – we recommend you perform an audit review of pay rates and leave recording immediately.

Our experts are here to assist. For payroll or other HR queries please contact the SHR team on (08) 9485 4200.

18 August 2016

SHR Client Update 1 of 2016/17