Positive Duty Obligations for Managers


The positive duty is a legal obligation for all employers to take proactive and meaningful action to prevent relevant unlawful conduct from occurring in the workplace or in connection to work. All Councils desire a safe and thriving working environment, therefore leaders must understand their positive duty obligations. Amendments to the Fair Work Act and updates to the Code of Practice to include provisions on the management of psychosocial risks, mean that leaders need to ensure they are at the forefront of best practice to protect council and its employees.

In this session, we will explore workplace sexual harassment, the new inclusions in the Act, and a manager's responsibilities. We will also identify what psychosocial hazards are in the workplace, and methods to address and reduce the potential harm to employees. The session will be interactive and include recent case law examples to reinforce the significance of the learning material.

Topics that will be covered:
Understanding the changes to the Fair Work Act: The Respect at Work Amendment Act.
Recognising what is workplace sexual harassment and discrimination.
Awareness of the positive duty obligation to protect Council against liability.
Identify relevant unlawful conduct, drivers, risk factors, and impacts.
Understand the psychosocial code of practice and how it relates to relevant legislation and regulations.
Acknowledging common workplace psychosocial hazards and how they contribute to work-related stress.
Identify and review control measures to reduce potential harm.

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit all leaders including senior leaders, managers, supervisors, and team leaders, as well as any influential team members that would support the implementation of course material. 

Benefits for the Delegate

Participants will develop an understanding of how to identify psychosocial hazards and workplace sexual harassment. They will also gain skills essential in implementing the positive duty obligations that will contribute to creating a safe workplace.

Benefits for Council

Councils will benefit from this program by developing skilled leaders who will help shape a safe workplace culture, where all employees can contribute and thrive in their role.

Linda Davey

Linda has over 30 years HRM consulting and business partnering experience working across private industry, not for profit and government sectors including local Councils. 

An AHRI Certified Practitioner in HR (CPHR) and AHRI mentor and holds a post graduate degree in HRM, Linda also has accreditation in IECL Organisational/Leadership coaching, Human Synergistics lifestyles and organisational culture inventory (LSI/OCI) along with being MHFA trained.

Possessing both strategic and corporate knowledge in all facets of HRM, specifically, she enjoys partnering with managers and executives in underperformance/misconduct matters to protect the business against adverse action. Linda is adept at interpreting legislation/Awards/EAs and is a trusted advisor and leadership coach. In addition, she has successfully assisted businesses through merger acquisitions and transformational change.

Linda uses a client-centric approach to her work and believes that when you align your people with your core values and purpose, it allows your people to take ownership, shaping your culture. She can also provide support and advice on best practice and contemporary human resource solutions.

As an advocate for promoting early intervention measures to support workplace mental health through supportive coaching and mentoring approaches, she is TAE qualified teaching HRM units at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and a credible and engaging workplace facilitator.

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 Thursday 21 November

  The time for this course is approximately 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
 Sydney location


 Member $450

 Non Member $600

 Enquiries:  Jeremy Chapman
 Phone:  02 8297 1210
 Email:  [email protected]