Donna Cotleanu-Vassallo

HR, Safety and Compliance Advisor


Donna brings her passion and 12 years of experience in Human Resources and Recruitment with a proficiency in interpreting the relevant rules and legislation to assist any concerns that may arise in the workplace. Her skills and knowledge encompass a variety of industries, including Hospitality and FMCG, Construction, Engineering, Oil & Gas as well as the Government sector.

Donna also has several years of experience working in the Work Health & Safety field, having the understanding of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which is crucial in the development of safety policy & procedures, implementation of health & safety audits, staff inductions and facilitation of various safety training programs.  Her strategies have been applied within various construction work sites as well as a food manufacturing plant in previous years. She is a certified Fire Safety Adviser, a Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinator and her Food Safety Supervisor qualifications.

Donna has a demonstrated ability to think contextually, and to hypothesise creative elements in crisis and human development.  This is valuable especially in assisting managers during recruitment activities, talent management, staff retention, employee engagement, performance management, organisational development, conflict resolution and team mediation, disciplinary action as well as termination and redundancies.

Donna holds the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma in Management (Human Resources)
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety
  • Certificate in Transformational Life Coaching (Psychosynthesis)
  • Certificate of Competency – Fire Safety Adviser
  • Certificate IV – Training & Assessment
  • Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinator (workers’ compensation claim)
  • Food Safety Supervisor (in progress)

Donna will be able to provide a customised approach in providing the best solutions to each client’s needs, enabling you to make informed decisions in ensuring your staff are performing at their best potential to assist your company’s productivity.

Contact Donna on 0400 640 891 today for more information on HR, Safety and Compliance solutions for your organisation.



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