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Ideas Exchange Breakfast – QLD

29 May 2024 7:30am - 9:30am
Governance Institute of Australia Level 8, 100 Creek Street, Brisbane City QLD
Member $45
Non-Member $55
Subscriber $55

Sexual Harassment – the positive duty and the Human Rights Commisssion’s expectations of directors and officers

The Human Rights Commission's enforcement powers were extended on 12th December under the Sexual Discrimination Act. The Commission’s new function is to monitor and assess compliance with the positive duty of employers to eliminate sexual harassment.

The positive duty was enacted 12 months earlier with the expectation that employers would take the time to understand their positive duty obligations and implement changes, and the Commission would publish guidance information for meeting the positive duty.

Samantha Ramsay and Ellie Conroy from the Human Rights Commission will make a presentation to members on their activities post 12th December, the guidance they have provided and the expectations of Directors and Officers. The Human Rights Commission will be joined for a panel discussion with Peta Willoughby and Joanna Minchinton.

If you’re a governance or risk management professional, you don’t want to miss this insightful discussion.

What is in it for you?

Hear from leading industry professionals speaking to the most current issues in the governance and risk management environment and network with your peers.


Samantha Ramsay, Senior Lawyer – Positive Duty Team, Australian Human Rights Commission

Sam Ramsay is a Senior Lawyer in the Positive Duty Team at the Australian Human Rights Commission. In her role, she supports duty holders to eliminate unlawful behaviours under the Sex Discrimination Act. She has 10 years’ experience in litigation, strategic enforcement of the law in workplaces and as an employment and industrial relations lawyer, including roles at the Fair Work Ombudsman, in trade unions and private practice.Patrick Beckett - Head of Executive Risk, FINEX Australia.

Ellie Conroy, Policy Officer – Positive Duty Team, Australian Human Rights Commission

Ellie is a Policy Officer in the Positive Duty Team at the Australian Human Rights Commission, where she is currently working on implementing the Commission's new compliance and regulatory functions. Ellie has over 5 years experience in human rights, gender equality and violence prevention work across policy, corporate advisory, academia and community legal roles.

Joanna Minchinton, General Manager – Workplace Services, Business Chamber Queensland

Joanna joined the Business Chamber Queensland team in October 2022. Joanna is a recognised workplace relations expert, having been awarded life membership of both the:

· Industrial Relations Society of Queensland; and

· Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association in recognition of her service to the field.

In her role with Business Chamber Queensland, Joanna’s focus is on what businesses need to understand their obligations and responsibilities, and to work with them to achieve positive business outcomes.

Joanna provides practical, real-world advice and assistance on a wide range of business/employment matters, right through to providing formal representation in jurisdictions such as the Fair Work Commission, the QIRC, and the Queensland Human Rights Commission.

Qualifications: LLB, MBA, Graduate Diploma of Employment Law, Bachelor of Commerce (HR and Industrial Relations)

Peta Willoughby, Barrister-at-law

Peta Willoughby has practised in the area of employment relations and safety law for 15 years, and was called to the bar three years ago.  As a barrister, she represents both employees and employers across all industries and government.  Peta is Recommended in Doyle’s Guide for employment and safety in Queensland and practises extensively in the area of sexual harassment, discrimination and human rights. She has a particular interest in the regulatory litigation and administrative appeals. 


Anna Hebron FGIA, Strategic Advisor Governance & Human Resources, Anna Hebron & Associates

Anna is a highly experienced executive leader, strategic advisor, non-executive Director and governance expert known for her ability to create quality results in complex environments. With a profound curiosity for unravelling complexities, she simplifies process, fosters transparency and mitigates people and operational risks at the organisational and board level.

Anna currently operates her own business, specialising in organisational transformation and has a track record of building collaborative partnerships and guiding teams through change. Her expertise spans across government, commercial and non-profit sectors bringing order to chaos and redefining purpose and strategy. She is an experienced consultant and advisor focusing on culture, strategy and governance. Anna is the Queensland Representative for Women on Boards and on the Qld State Council of the Governance Institute. She holds credentials in human resources and governance, an AICD Company Directors Course graduate and Fellow with the Governance Institute.

Who should attend?

This event is suitable for governance and risk management professionals from all sectors and industries.


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