The shift starts with SmartCulture®

About Us

Creating and maintaining a safe and respectful culture is not magic. It takes thought, commitment and planning. We have been designing and developing training and offering strategy and consulting solutions for over 10 years. Learn more about us…

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Who we are

At SmartCulture® we believe a good culture is good business. We partner with organisations to get them ahead of the game by paving the way for safer and more respectful workplaces. We deliver premium learning through face-to-face/virtual-live and e-learning platforms delivered by trusted and experienced WHS and culture experts.


Our founder

Karen Maher


SmartCulture founder, Karen Maher

SmartCulture® was founded by leading Australian expert in the workplace health and safety and culture space – Karen Maher.

Karen started out as an employment and safety lawyer in 2003 and after time in Australia and the UK she left the law to work with organisations to get ahead of the game and prevent poor and unsafe behaviours at work.

Over her career as either a lawyer, consultant or investigator she has worked on over 300 cases up to and including workplace fatalities.

To build safe and respectful cultures Karen knew that the right education, awareness, strategy and systems were critical.

Our vision

We are committed to transforming workplace cultures across the globe with our trademarked SmartCulture® solution – the key components of the solution being Safety, Measurable, Awareness, Respect & Team.

We enhance cultures focusing on great leadership and prevention with cutting-edge research, premium awareness programs, reviews and strategy sessions filled with real-life practical tools and knowledge.

A great workplace culture is inextricably linked to your organisation’s success.  Poor workplace cultures can take a devastating toll on your people and your organisation. As we always say – A good culture is good business.

Over the years we have provided awareness programs to tens of thousands of people, worked with hundreds of organisations across almost every industry – elite sports, law firms, accounting, hospitality, construction, tech firms and most everything in between.

We work with all levels from shop-floor to senior executive and board levels and tailor our courses and strategy solutions for the respective levels.

Our clients

You’re in great company

An engaging communicator


“Karen Maher is an engaging communicator who is extremely passionate and well-informed; evident in the way she discusses topics and the breadth of the knowledge she imparts. We have had  excellent feedback from many staff who attended the training, including our own CEO, about how the training was run. This training will allow us to cultivate a more informed, respectful workforce”.

Ainslie Group

One of the best training sessions I have ever attended

“It’s been such a pleasure working with you and SmartCulture, if I ever need Workplace Bullying / Harassment training or any other training that you offer you will be first on my list of people to call. It was one of the best training sessions I have ever attended, and so many people took valuable lessons away from it. I had the Pool Leisure Coordinator tell me that the attitude changed the next day in his team, it’s been so successful so thank you”.

Port Hedland Local Council

Delivered an exceptional program

“At Stedmans, we were looking to improve our workplace culture and introduce a bullying and harassment program for all of our staff. Due to the nature of our business model we needed someone who could drive this and had a solid understanding of the hospitality sector. Karen came to the table with this experience and was able to deliver an exceptional program. Not only does Karen have experience in hospitality and law, she also has a great deal of compassion and is someone I can trust implicitly to deliver an exceptional training product”.

Stedmans Hospitality Services

Entertaining, informative and thought provoking

“Karen Maher from SmartCulture presented a Bullying workshop for all staff at the Shoalhaven Region Anglican Schools which was entertaining, informational and thought-provoking. Included were examples relevant to our workplace and Karen’s attention to detail was meticulous, making sure that the presentation was tailored to our needs. I would thoroughly recommend this presentation for those wishing to deal with the issue of bullying in the workplace”.

Shoalhaven Region Anglican Schools

Our senior managers were engaged and we were very impressed

“Communication with Karen was so thorough and efficient from the start. She took the time to understand our business in a pre-training conference and the training was tailored specifically for our workplace. Our senior managers were engaged in the training and we were very impressed with Karen’s experience and passion to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace before it’s too late. If you are looking to get your management team on board with preventing bullying in your workplace do not look past Karen’s training”.

SIKA Australia, NSW