People & Payroll Management for SMEs – not just a transaction…!

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The decision to outsource your People and Payroll management is more often than not driven by the opportunity cost associated with building this capability internally, which for SME’s, is often prohibitive. However, when it comes to finding someone to help there are a multitude of providers in the market that say they can deliver these services, but the reality is often far from the rhetoric.

So does this mean you’re jumping out the pan and into the outsource fire?

The question that an SME must ask and ensure is a core deliverable is  ‘can this  outsource provider deliver effective and compliant people & payroll transaction management, plus provide the help needed with day to day HR support and advice – all in accordance with the Australian legislative framework’ ?

In our experience most HR outsourcing providers only focus on managing the transaction environment, and in some cases there are even gaps in this service, especially when it comes to minimum statutory compliance and end of year reporting.

So armed with this knowledge SHR developed a service & product that combined the best of its knowledge based support and advisory capability, with best-in-market transaction and compliance by using Employee Connect and Payroll Metrics systems all combined in our HR365 –

HR365 delivers both advisory and transaction support and is tailored to meet our SME client needs… using service packages that are flexible and affordable, designed specifically for each client. With HR365 you get HR & Payroll Management that you actually need, not what others might think might you want! Plus you get access to the SHR advisory and consulting team, who are the best in the business when it comes to advice and support, all included in the one monthly fee.

If you’re an SME and struggling with how to effectively control your HR and Payroll management, why not contact Iain Langridge and ask how HR365 can take the pain away or click here to visit HR365…

Iain can be contacted via mobile 0418 684 343 or via email at

SHR to Double in Size Through Merger

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After nearly 25 years of success in WA, SHR is very excited to announce it has executed a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) between SHR and Livingstones, with a view to completing a “merger of equals”.  The merger is transformational for both businesses – and will result in the creation of Australia’s largest independently owned human resources and employee relations consulting practice with more than 50 permanent employees and offices in four capital cities.

Livingstones was established in Queensland in 1982 by renowned industrial relations specialist Roly Livingstone with much of the firm’s work in those days concentrated on watershed issues including the SEQEB dispute, Powers VEA, the national pilots’ dispute and seven day trading on the Gold Coast. The business then grew, broadening the range of its services to include Human Resources and Organisational Development.

Today the Livingstones team works across three core brand streams of Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships and Organisational Advisors & Psychologists.

We are delighted to advise our clients, some of whom have been with SHR since the beginning that we are delivering on our promise of continued growth — both geographically and across service lines.  We will be able to deliver truly national coverage across our core competencies of HR, ER & IR, while introducing new capabilities to each other’s client base.”… “on a personal level I’m also delighted to continue as the Group’s CEO and lead the team into the next exciting phase of our development.”  Steve Rayner CEO.

SHR and Livingstones completed a process of detailed cultural and commercial due diligence before agreeing to a merger of equals – one that recognised the professional, experiential and operational synergies between the two businesses as well as the resultant symbiotic culture of the merged organisation.

For our valuable staff, this merger provides the opportunity to be part of a continually growing and diversified consulting practice with wonderful opportunities for career development.

For our clients,it is business as usual with the both brands being maintained for the long term. The SHR business will continue to be led by Belinda Honey in our consulting team, and Jackie Hill in our migration team. Our clients will see a significant increase in the capacity and capability of the Group to provide even broader skills and experience to solve people management challenges across Australia.

The merger will be completed by December 2018 and will operate out of offices in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

If you would like more information please contact Steve Rayner or Belinda Honey on 08 9485 4200 or visit the websites here or

June 2018

SHR Secures More Top Talent

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SHR continues its pursuit of the best talent in the market and has been successful securing a leading practitioner. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Langridge as a Principal Consultant with SHR.

Iain has more than 30 years of operations and executive management experience in both privately owned and publicly listed companies including significant offshore experience starting businesses in the key export markets of China and India.

Holding a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Wollongong, Iain is an alumni of London Business School and has extensive experience across a diverse range of industry sectors including Mining and Energy, Transport and Logistics, Heavy Manufacturing, Healthcare and Education.

SHR’s CEO Steve Rayner said…. “Our business has expanded and developed broader capabilities over the past few years and a good part of that growth story is told by our Resourcing business unit. And Iain’s main focus will be the ongoing national growth and management of our contracting division – Agility Contracting…..

 … “ Agility sources and pre-qualifies all contractors to SHR’s high standards, deploying contractors for short, medium and long term engagements and focuses on professional roles. It is also supported with back-up from SHR with Clients enjoying this as added value … Iain’s history of successfully growing businesses in this sector is well documented and his appointment is a real coup for SHR.”

Iain began his career working with BHP as part of an undergraduate cadet program and following graduation moved into operational management roles initially in BHP’s Steel Division and then in the Transport and Logistics sector with companies such as SCE Group and Brambles.

Between 2006 and 2013 Iain held senior management roles with Chandler Macleod Group where he was ultimately responsible for the rapidly expanding Mining and Energy staffing services business across Australia. As Ambulance Service Director for St John Ambulance WA between 2013 and 2016 Iain had the privilege of leading 1,000 paid clinical and operational staff and 3,500 volunteers across 170 locations.

Most recently Iain was responsible for launching St Stephen’s College, initially in the role of Chair and then as the inaugural CEO & Managing Director. With offices in Perth, Hong Kong and Shanghai, the College is a registered training organisation (RTO) created to deliver education programs to high schools in China as a pathway for students to access Australian universities.

Please join with the Directors of SHR in welcoming Iain to the Leadership Team and please contact Iain for any of your professional contractor via his email: or mobile 0418 684 343

         Agility Contracting

SHR Launches HR365 – Next Generation HR

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HR compliance and people management problems are a thing of the past with HR365 – SHR’s Next Generation HR service.

SHR is proud to provide our latest product offering with the launch of HR365 – delivering HR as a Managed Service across Australia.

HR365 brings together HR compliance, technology, workflow, payroll processing, management reporting and advisory services, all aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses that don’t want or need to invest in fixed HR costs.  All of this is rolled up into one easy to manage and affordable monthly payment.

While some HR providers offer online managed services, few are able to back it up with the depth of capability offered by SHR’s team of Advisors and Consultants who provide on-demand service and support, along with the latest in HR Technology and Payroll Processing that makes everything paperless.

HR365 offers employers a low cost, highly compliant HR service that includes:

  • HR records management and workflow
  • Manager and Employee kiosk access
  • Payroll processing and compliance
  • Standards HR policies and procedures
  • Development of industry or client specific policies
  • Paperless on-boarding, including contracts of employment
  • HR Advisory support provided by SHR Advisors

Check out HR365 and never worry about HR compliance or advice again…

All of this with the added benefit of access to the SHR suite of strategic services including:

  • HR, ER & IR Consulting
  • HR Contracting
  • Business Migration Consulting and VISA Processing
  • Resourcing

If you would like to discuss you specific needs with a HR365 advisor please contact SHR on Ph: 08 94854200 or at

Strategic Human Resources Continues to Expand!

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The CEO and Directors of Strategic Human Resources Pty Ltd are pleased to announce the continued expansion of SHR with the merging of its Agility Recruiting division with Adaptive Resourcing and In-Cahoots Recruitment, all highly successful and well regarded resourcing consultancies based in Perth, and now with national reach!

Strategic Human Resources CEO – Steve Rayner said, “it’s a fabulous result for the three businesses. With the Adaptive and In-Cahoots Directors Graham Nutt and Matt Stidwill joining the Strategic Human Resources – Resourcing Team, we have brought together the most experienced and professional resourcing consultants in the industry to grow and drive our Resourcing Business. Our operating models were so similar and the client synergies so obvious that we immediately saw the benefits of our three practices joining forces.”

“…For some time we had been looking to take the next step and have been working in partnership with the SHR team on resourcing projects in the past. We could see that SHR’s strategy was a perfect enabler and that collectively our client bases are both extensive and complementary”   ….said Directors Graham and Matt who went onto say “…our collective abilities to deliver executive search, professional recruitment and large workforce resourcing and mobilisation plans, as well as blue collar recruiting is a real bonus to SHR’s clients and we’ve seen immediate uptake from within the SHR customer base…especially from the oil & gas and resources sector”.

With the merger of the three entities now complete, Adaptive Resourcing is the most capable “non-agency” recruitment provider in the market. Our aspirations are to build on this by delivering more innovative practices that provide high quality outcomes across sectors in areas such as professional recruitment training/behavioural interview training, talent pipeline management, and blue collar recruitment by:

  • Being more agile and more responsive than the traditional model;
  • Presenting a more transparent process – clients only pay for the work that is completed;
  • Offering lower pricing with access to experienced resourcing professionals nationally;
  • Creating a relationship with our clients – we’re not sales people;
  • Offering flexible engagements – one-off assignments or on-going requirements; and
  • Being adaptive to the Client’s needs.

With the backing of the SHR parent company, Adaptive Resourcing will be able to generate great service synergies which can only help our Clients, making the model even more competitive and disruptive to the general recruiting industry … a real consulting approach, delivered by real and experienced resourcing consultants, with the client enjoying significant savings on comparable engagements … a win–win for all!

With its significant market presence, Adaptive Resourcing will continue as the go-to-market brand and trading entity – and will continue to expand into Melbourne and Brisbane, with consultants formerly with Agility coming onboard.

For all your resourcing, talent mapping, and recruitment process improvements contact any of Adaptive Consultants directly on:

Graham Nutt — (M) +61 405 355 905

Matt Stidwill — (M) +61 427 552 096

Sian Dunn (Victoria) — (M) +61 418 506 804

Lucinda Locke (Queensland) — (M) +61 419 041 514

Or for general enquiries please contact Adaptive via:

Adaptive Resourcing – (W)  or (PH) 08 9485 4255 or


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)