Human Resources - Who we are and what we do

HR 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.

HR Operations

The HR Operations team 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 Human Resources

Susan Hudson

Talita Ottoson - Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

HR Partnerships

Karen Berta - Associate Director, HR Partnerships

Senior HR Partners

Team 1 Team 2Team 3
Bob Burnell Marie Robinson Josh Giblin
Team 4Team 5Team 6
Susan Folkes Amanda 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 

Manager, Recruitment Partnerships

Emily Brewer

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
Shiann Fait

Abigail Corpuz

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

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

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

Executive Officer

Contact Dominique for assistance with:

Dominique Wilson

Project Officer

Contact Kim for assistance with the following:

Kim Nemetz

Project Support Officer

Contact Deann for assistance with the following:

Deann Gilliver

HR Support Officers

Contact the HR Support Officers for assistance with the following:

Emily Caws
Kahlia Butcher (on leave)

HR Assistant

Contact Tanya for assistance with the following:

  • Service Recognition certificates
  • New starter packs
Tanya Sartori

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 HR Partnership Team you will contact. Please select your School, Unit or Office below, for details of who to contact.

School / Unit / OfficeHR Team
Australia China Institute for Arts & Culture1
Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education6
Campus Safety & Security4
Centre for Western Sydney1
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation1
Early Learning Limited4
Employability & Graduate Success4
Equity & Diversity6
Estate & Commercial2
Finance Office2
Graduate Research School1
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment1
Human Resources6
Information Technology & Digital Services2
Institute for Culture & Society1
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development1
Marketing & Communication6
NICM Health Research Institute1
Project Management Office2
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership6
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Digital Futures3
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement6
Pro Vice-Chancellor, International6
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations3
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation1
Quality & Performance3
Research, Engagement, Development & Innovation (REDI)1
School of Business1
School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics6
School of Education2
School of Humanities & Communication Arts5
School of Law4
School of Medicine1
School of Nursing & Midwifery4
School of Science & Health3
School of Social Sciences & Psychology2
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor6
Strategic Procurement & Services2
Student Administration4
Student Engagement4
Student Experience Office4
Student Services4
The Academy3
The College5
Translational Health Research Institute1
University Secretary & General Counsel6
Vice-Chancellor & President3
Vice-President, Finance & Resources2
Vice-President, People & Advancement6
Western Unlimited6
Whitlam Institute3