Your people are your business
At the Australian Health Industry Group we utilise our industry expertise, intellectual rigour and strength to assist its clients to solve complex business problems by delivering pragmatic outcomes that matter.
We employ leading thinkers and specialists to provide independent analysis and advice to businesses in the health, welfare, disability and community health sectors where our innovative solutions focus on the operational performance of our clients.
We deliver a number of services to help you with your human resources including the following:
The employment contract is the cornerstone of your relationship with your staff so it’s important that your employment contracts and enterprise bargaining agreements are clear and compliant with the applicable Federal and State laws.
Our experienced legal practitioners can advise you on your options and help you to determine what type of contract or agreement is right for your business. Contact our HR team on (03) 9280 8000.
We can work with you to determine your individual requirements and to either
If you would simply like an expert to review your existing contracts and documents we can have one of our workplace specialists undertake this for you to identify any areas of non-compliance and providing a suite of tailored documentation to help remedy any problems identified.
Your success in negotiating an enterprise agreement will be critical to your business' productivity, flexibility and efficiency for years to come.
The team at the Australian Health Industry Group can help your business meet its obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 and drive the best result for your business.
We can guide you through every step in the employment agreement process, including:
The Australian Health Industry Group are specialists in award interpretation working across a range of different industries.
The Modern Award System and with it the National Employment Standards (NES) took effect on 1 January 2010, and every private sector employer (whether a company or not) needs to comply.
We understand that the modern award system can be confusing so we work with you to understand your obligations as an employer under the relevant modern award/s.
Determining what award applies, and whether you are meeting your obligations under the award, can be difficult.
We can assist by:
Well-documented policies and procedures help staff to understand how an organisation ‘works’. They also minimise business and legal risks.
HR policies and procedures establish and document your organisation’s expectations, standards and responsibilities. Clear procedures guide managers and employees through the practical application of policies. Well-documented policies and procedures are also tangible evidence that your organisation has taken reasonable steps to minimise business risks and unlawful practice or behaviour
Our skilled consultants can assist you to draft, develop and implement workplace HR policies and procedures. These policies and procedures can help shape and guide the organizational culture of your business to ensure you maximize its potential.
The Australian Health Industry Group can assist you by
An important component of developing employees is a comprehensive and well executed performance management system incorporating elements such as regular one-to-one meetings, through to performance appraisals and processes to manage underperformance.
Our team of performance management advisors, will work with you to ensure that performance management systems become a well-established and all-encompassing term within your business that is used to describe the practice that drives decisions about performance, remuneration, promotions, disciplinary procedures, terminations, transfers and development needs within an organisation.
We want to work with you and your employees to ensure that performance management is seen as a much broader concept than performance appraisal or a disciplinary process. It aims to improve organisational, functional, team and individual performances. Effective performance management measures the progress being made towards the achievement of the organisation's business objectives. It does so by planning, establishing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating organisational, functional, team and individual performance
Performance Management has become a significant issue for many businesses and sound advice is often required to mitigate the risk of future employment disputes and to ensure that your processes are sound, fair and compliant with any legislative requirements.
The Australian Health Industry Group consultants can help minimise the risk to your business by providing accessible and practical advice, in real time, on issues such as performance management, misconduct investigations, termination process, summary dismissals and redundancies.
We can assist you with:
Our consultants at the Australian Health Industry Group will assist you to understand the importance of implementing clear and transparent policies in the workplace in regard to Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying.
Further we will assist you and your management team to understand and implement where necessary the correct procedures and processes for handling allegations or incidents involving contravention of these policies.
We will assist you to understand the Bullying provisions within the Fair Work Act and the new powers conferred from 1 January 2014, upon the Fair Work Commission to hear applications from employees in respect of bullying.
Our consultants can help protect your business by:
Workplace investigations play a crucial role in managing workplace conflict and risk: whether resulting from employee performance or conduct issues, allegations of discrimination, harassment or bullying.
Where a workplace investigation is required, an external investigator provides a business and its managers with the opportunity to have the investigation conducted professionally without a suggestion of bias.
The Australian Health Industry Group regularly conducts workplace investigations for its clients and our extensive experience means that we understand the need for rigour, natural justice, and sensitivity when conducting a workplace investigation. We also understand that the outcome needs to be practical and workable for the organisation, preserving the values of the organisation.
The Australian Health Industry Group consultants can help protect your business by:
Many employers find redundancy one of the most difficult business decisions to implement.
The need to plan for and implement redundancies effectively. An employer should be aware that to be regarded as a "genuine redundancy" and to therefore be protected from an unfair dismissal claim being lodged against the employer for a termination arising from a restructure, the Fair Work Act 2009 imposes significant obligations on employers to consult with employees and/or unions prior to implementing redundancies, and to consider redeployment as an alternative to redundancy.
Many genuine redundancies have unfortunately been deemed unfair or discriminatory by courts and tribunals because companies have failed to consult or failed to otherwise apply the terms of their awards, enterprise agreements, workplace policies or employment contracts when the decision is made.
The Australian Health Industry Group consultants are experts in:
At some point in time the employment relationship between an employee and an employer will come to an end. In some circumstances it will be the employee who makes that decision through resignation, in other circumstances, the decision will be made by the employer. Where an employer reaches the decision to dismiss an employee such decision needs to be well managed, well documented, fair and reasonable.
If you are faced with this difficult decision, the Australian Health Industry Group consultants can provide guidance in this decision making process, ensuring you know your obligations and are well advised to limit the legal exposure that a termination decision can create.
Under current Australian legislation, terminating an employee requires considerable planning and preparation on the part of the employer. The law and tribunals expect employers to terminate employment fairly: that is, to have a good reason for the termination, and to give the employee procedural fairness in the termination process.
The Australian Health Industry Group is experienced and skilled in representing employers, and employees, in proceedings before the industrial tribunals and the discrimination authorities. We can provide expert advice that will minimise the risk to your business of an unfair dismissal or adverse action claim and represent your interests if the need arises.