About HR

The Human Resources (HR) function partners with the University to enable and support a culture of high engagement, commitment and performance by:

  • designing relevant policies and frameworks,
  • facilitating context-specific capability development, and
  • offering efficient, timely, consistent and fit for purpose services across the full scope of HR functions.

The HR Branch provides core and shared services to University staff, managers, and titleholders of the University in accordance with the HR Service Catalogue.

To contact HR, call 8313 1111 or email the HR Service Centre.

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HR team responsibilities

The HR Branch is organised into five HR functional portfolios, as follows:


Organisational Performance

Led by Ceinwen Ahern, Director, Organisational Performance, the portfolio is responsible for designing strategies, frameworks and tools to enhance leadership, talent and culture as well as delivering key processes that elevate staff recognition, engagement and performance.  This includes change  organisational design and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.


HR Advisory and Workplace Relations

Led by Kim Dobinson, Director, HR Advisory and Workplace Relations, the portfolio groups the HR Service Centre, HR Advisors and workplace relations, including employment policy, in order to provide a coordinated HR Advisory service to the University. The HR Advisory portfolio provides support to people leaders and staff across a range of inquiries including self-service support, specified personal ‘how to’ questions, and triaging of inquiries where specific HR expertise is required. It also provides support on employee relations and workplace relations issues and informal and formal case management. It is responsible for interpreting the Enterprise Agreement, and for designing and maintaining employment and workplace policy and procedures. In addition, it supports major change processes and coaches people leaders on effective strategies including for managing unsatisfactory performance.


Talent Acquisition Program

Led by Amanda DeDear, Director, Talent Acquisition Program, the portfolio defines frameworks and tools for recruitment and remuneration. The Recruitment Team provides advice and support for hiring coordinators and hiring managers on recruitment and selection policy/processes, document compliance obligations including visas, as well as supporting development and classification of position descriptions, and maintaining a library of current position descriptions.


HR Services

Led by Frank Mazzone, Director, HR Services, the portfolio consists of a HR Operations team, Payroll team, and three specialist teams focussed on Remuneration & Benefits, Immigration & Global Mobility and Quality & Compliance.  

The HR Operations team is responsible for ensuring employment and contract compliance, through the issuing of employment contracts, position management, maintaining staff and position data in the HR Systems and provide operational support to various employee life-cycle activities.  

The Payroll Team, is responsible for the frameworks and governance processes/protocols to meet payroll and superannuation compliance requirements on behalf of the University. It delivers payroll and superannuation processing, provides specialist advice, and process support around all payroll matters.

The Remuneration and Benefits, Immigration and Mobility and Quality and Compliance teams provide specialist support related to Senior Staff remuneration, visas, relocation services and operational quality and compliance assurance.


Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW)

Led by Paul Roberts, Director, HSW, the portfolio supports and maintains the University’s HSW Management Framework and supports the HR Branch in respect of HR and HSW related risks, legislative compliance and internal/external audit processes. The HSW portfolio provides core services such as the management of the University’s self-insurance licence, the formulation of safety and injury management policy and procedure, and assists with the formulation of strategies and the co-ordination of resultant activities to enable the University to maintain a safe workplace and compliance with the Return to Work SA Code of Conduct for Self-Insurance. The HSW portfolio also provides a range of shared services including the provision of HSW advice and case management for workers compensation claims. In addition, the HSW portfolio develops and maintains organisational frameworks, tools and initiatives to support staff wellbeing.