Steve Daysh

Steve Daysh

Steve has been working as an HR Consultant in the Higher Education sector for the past eleven years. He has brought to that role his vast experience in human resources management both in public sector and in higher education.  Steve was the HR Director for the University of Adelaide for eight years.

Special skills

  • HR capability and capacity reviews
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Organisational Review
  • HR Policy Development and auditing the effectiveness of policy and procedures
  • Dispute settlement
  • Developing, conducting and analysing surveys
  • Developing Performance Management Systems
  • Providing general human resource and industrial relations advice
  • Conducting workplace investigations

Professional Background

In his consulting role, Steve has undertaken a wide variety of assignments. These include investigating HR capacity and capability at several universities, reviewing and implementing performance management schemes, and producing a range of analytical reports on the effects of HR Policy. He has also been involved in investigating and providing reports on a number of organisational change initiatives, assisting in the implementation of an HR Business Partner model , negotiating industrial collective agreements, and conducting investigations into staff grievances and instances of unsatisfactory performance or misconduct.

As HR Director at the University of Adelaide, Steve managed in excess of forty staff in a diverse portfolio covering recruitment and appointments, industrial relations, HR strategy, equity and diversity, occupational health and safety, payroll services, superannuation, organisational development and HR systems. Steve has exceptional industrial relation and negotiation skills developed through two mergers, University wide downsizing programs and being a lead negotiator and strategist for four University Enterprise Bargaining rounds.

Steve was the project sponsor for the implementation of the People Soft HR and Payroll System. He provided general oversight in the development and delivery of HR services through its interactive web page and on-line training capability, much of which was developed in-house.

Steve was the inaugural Australian representative of the Steering Committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resource network. This international group facilitates closer collaboration between universities across the Commonwealth in finding innovative and practical solutions in the management of their human resources.

He has presented papers at international conferences in Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Trinidad. Topics included Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Attraction and Recruitment, An International Perspective on Demography and Academic Staffing and HRIS System Implementations.


  • Bachelor Business (HR and Industrial Relations), University of Adelaide.