Author Archives: Kirsty Harvison


CFO sues former employer for breaching whistleblower protection laws

Former Oil Search CFO, Ayten Saridas, is suing her former employer for breach of contract and breach of whistleblower protection laws, alleging she was bullied and victimised after raising concerns about corporate wrongdoing. Australia’s whistleblower protection laws prohibit victimisation of an employee who has made a disclosure of misconduct to...

Respect@Work laws require a new approach to preventing & managing sexual harassment at work

Australia’s new Respect@Work laws mean that employers now have a positive duty to proactively prevent and eliminate hostile work environments and sexual and sex-based harassment at work. How should employers respond? The onus is on employers to ensure that they eliminate unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment in the workplace,...

ASIC sues TerraCom Limited for breaching whistleblower protection laws

ASIC has taken action against TerraCom and senior company figures for engaging in conduct that caused harm to a whistleblower who raised serious misconduct regarding the company’s operations. TerraCom is an ASX-listed coal producer in Queensland.  A former employee made a whistleblowing report that the company engaged in illegal conduct,...

Directors, are you doing everything you need to do to prevent psychosocial hazards at work?

Changes to the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 came into effect on 1 October 2022. These changes impose a proactive duty on directors to exercise due diligence to ensure that the organisation identifies, manages, eliminates or mitigates psychosocial hazards & risk to psychological health at work. Most other...

Why leaders don’t always hear what they need to hear

The benefits of open, upward feedback are well-documented. When employees feel that their voice matters, they are more likely to be engaged and productive, and rates of turnover and absenteeism decrease. Organisations are also able to better able respond quickly to threats and opportunities because there is more shared information...

Respect at Work – Chevron shows why you need to create safe ways for employees to speak up about misconduct

A case of widespread workplace bullying and harassment recently hit the media. The Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Workplace Review (the Review), an independent review into workplace culture  at Chevron Australia found that: Almost half of all employees (47%) had been bullied at work in the past 5 years 30% experienced...

I’m looking for a best practice guide!

Download the Whistleblowing Program Checklist

How to comply with Australia’s Whistleblower Legislation

Download Your Call’s Leader Guide to understand its impacts.