Utilising her extensive experience, Alison employs transparent and thorough investigation processes while maintaining a sensitive and insightful investigative approach. Alison regularly prepares findings of fact in relation to allegations of misconduct, conflict of interest, bullying, sexual harassment, fraud, discrimination and other breaches of the relevant code of conduct or applicable policy.
Alison’s workplace investigation processes and reports are clearly and logically documented and highly defensible. As a result, Alison can conduct investigation reviews at an expert level, independently and compare against best-practice standards.
Alison conducts workplace reviews across teams and whole organisations, identifying systemic issues and providing clients with clear, pragmatic advice and solutions.
Drawing on Alison’s unique skill set, including interviewing, policy analysis, data analysis, as well as strategic management expertise, clients state that her reports provide clear guidance for interventions that are workable, practical and are straightforward to immediately implement.
Alison is also an experienced and reliable facilitator of difficult and tense discussions as well as a mediator of workplace conflict, following the restorative justice (also known as narrative) mediation practice.
Alison works to effectively communicate and manage her relationships with key stakeholders at all organisational levels. Her work scopes a wide range of both public and private sector clients across Australia. A skilled writer and communicator, Alison has developed tailored training programs and drafted and led organisation-wide reviews of policies, procedures and processes.
Before commencing as a private consultant and then co-founding Farren McRae Workplace Lawyers and Consultants, Alison worked in the education sector for nearly 15 years across Queensland and Tasmania. Beginning in the Tasmanian Department of Education’s investigations unit, Alison investigated and managed employee, parent and student complaints regarding misconduct, bullying and discrimination.
Alison then went on to work in various roles in the public and private sectors, first in Tasmania and then in Queensland, working up to the national level. During her impressive career, Alison has amassed extensive specialist and management experience guiding policy and compliance issues in both the private and public sectors at the state and national levels.
Alison is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serves on the Queensland Advisory Committee of SecondBite. Alison is a past independent Council Member of The Springfield Anglican College.