Who we are and what we do

Partnership Teams

The HR Partnership Teams work with a portfolio of units to provide a full service in the establishment and management of all staffing and employee requirements.

From the setting up of new positions or occupancy, creation and maintenance of all employee records and the provision of advice related to any aspect of our enterprise agreements or policies, these teams are set up to provide a holistic service to our business partners within the University.

To identify which team supports your work area and for contact details, please refer to the HR Partnership Teams - Who Do I contact? listing below.

Operations Teams

The HR Operations teams support all areas of the University from the setting up of new positions or occupancy, creation and maintenance of all employee records, assistance with the Casual Employment processes, payroll enquiries, leave bookings and adjustments and various other HR related processes.

Payroll, Remuneration and Superannuation Services

The Payroll, Remuneration and Superannuation Services team deal with all aspects of Superannuation and Payroll for University employees.

HR Information Systems

The HR Information Systems team looks after Staff Online, My Career Online (including Compass), OrgPlus, Alesco HRMIS and Alesco Forms.

HR Projects

The HR Projects team administer such events as the University Awards, Professional Staff Conference, Academic Promotions, Academic Development Program, Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships, Western Sydney University Staff Postgraduate Coursework Study Scholarships,  Senior Management Group Conference, the Strategy Forum and various other ad-hoc events.  As well as this, they ensure that all new staff receive their new starter packs as well as administering the Service Recognition Awards.

What we do

Executive Director People and Success

Chris Youness

Kate Refalo - ESO to Executive Director

HR Partnership, Workplace Relations and Change

Linda Watson (opens in a new window) -

Senior HR Partners

Team 1 Team 2Team 3
Bob Burnell Marie Robinson Josh Giblin
Team 4Team 5Team 6
Eileen JensenAmanda James Eileen Jensen

Contact your Senior HR Partner for assistance with the following:

  • Writing Position Descriptions
  • Position re-classifications and evaluations
  • Conversions: Assess eligibility of case
  • Recruitment advice
  • Recruitment panels
  • Senior Manager reports
  • Staff Online to Managers and Staff (including timesheets)
  • Training in OrgPlus
  • Liaise with Workplace Health and Safety regarding Workers Compensation cases
  • New starter inductions
  • Fitness to continue working assessments
  • Enterprise Agreement interpretation
  • Various Policies
  • Leave accruals, entitlements, process etc
  • Employee Relations matters
  • Misconduct / unsatisfactory performance matters
  • Voluntary redundancy calculation/checking
  • Deeds of release

HR Advisors

Team 1Team 2Team 3

Catherine O'Brien

All School of Medicine enquiries: Vicky Wood

Diane AbinojaLauren Holstein
Team 4Team 5Team 6
Lisa Attard

Sharmayne Hansen (Mon, Tue, Thur)

Kate Roloff (Wed, Thur, Fri)

Shaun Etherington

Contact your HR Advisor for assistance with the following:

  • Position Description / position creation and tracking
  • Copies of Position Descriptions
  • Variations to employment
  • Assistance with staff inductions
  • Leave projection / calculations
  • Compass
  • Voluntary redundancy calculation/checking

HR Recruitment Partnerships 

Recruitment Advisors

Contact your Recruitment Advisor for assistance with the following:

  • Recruitment of new, ongoing, or fixed-term staff
  • Assistance with eRecruit
  • Assistance with Recruitment Panels
  • Advice on recruitment matters

Yvonne Bondarek
Denise Prior
Dearne Richards

Relocations Consultant

Contact Gillian for Visa and Relocations advice

Gillian Relph

HR Operations Teams

Team Leader - Ongoing staff

Tricia Mann

HR Establishment Officer

Tori Dicker (on leave)
Daniel Robinson (acting)

HR Officers

Kacie Atkinson

Belinda Knight

Sarah Lewis

Kaitlyn Maucort

Lisa Stevens

Chantelle Vornfett

Team Leader - Casual Employment

Lesley Shearley

HR Operations Assistants

Annette Hehir

Kayla Madden

Daniel Robinson (on secondment)

Glen Stewart

Mia Xander

Contact the HR Operations teams for assistance with the following:

  • Probation processing
  • Manual leave forms (special leave, leave reversals)
  • Manual change of leave entries
  • Leave projection / calculations
  • Higher Duties
  • Monthly reporting
  • New staff record set up and variations
  • New position creation within Alesco
  • Variations to position data
  • Payroll enquiries
  • Process separation
  • General pay (fixed-term and ongoing staff) and leave enquiries
  • Salary Packaging enquiries (non Award Staff)
  • CEPI Enquiries

HR Projects, Alumni and Events

Project Officer

Contact Kim for assistance with the following:

Kim Nemetz

Staff Engagement Officer

Contact Deann for assistance with the following:

Deann Gilliver

HR Assistant

Contact Emily Caws for assistance with the following:

  • Service Recognition certificates
  • New starter packs
Tanya Sartori (on secondment)

Payroll, Remuneration and Superannuation Services

Head, Payroll, Remuneration & Superannuation Services

Les Barrett

Senior Payroll Officer

Mary-Anne Robinson


Rebekka Debner

Julie Lohan

HR Information Systems

Lorraine Francke - Manager, HR Information Systems  

Renee Reed

HR Application Administrator

Contact Renee for assistance with the following:

  • MyCareer Online
  • eRecruit

Stephanie Clarke

IS Systems Administrator (Business)

Contact the IS Systems Administrator for assistance with the following:

  • Staff Online
  • Alesco

Merissa Wales

HR Systems Support Officer

Contact the HR Systems Support Officer for assistance with:

  • MyCareer Online
  • eRecruit
  • Staff Online
  • Alesco

Contact us

Which HR partnership team should I contact?

Your School, Unit or Office determines which Partnership Team you should contact. The attached portfolio document (PDF, 41.56 KB) (opens in a new window) provides the information of which Partnership Team to contact for assistance.