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Disclaimer: This conference program is confirmed at the date of marketing. However, AHEIA reserves the right to make changes to this program at any time as circumstances dictate. Speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing; however, circumstances beyond the control of organisers may necessitate substitution, alternation or cancellations of the speakers and/or topic. Every effort will be made to ensure any unavoidable changes provide a program of equivalent standard and value.

Wednesday 13 September 2023

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12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch

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2:00pm - 5:00pm

Chief People Officer Forum (By Invitation Only)

Level 1, Stradbroke Room,

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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6:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Drinks & Registration

Level 1, Stradbroke Room Foyer,

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Thursday 14 September 2023

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8:40am - 9:00am

Welcome

Craig Laughton

Executive Director, AHEIA

Ballroom

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9:00am - 9:45am

Plenary Sesssion 1
VC Keynote Address

Professor Zlatko Skrbis

Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian Catholic University

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Information coming soon

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9:45am - 10:30am

Plenary Session 2
Case Study: A sneak peek inside SEEK and building a Workforce for the Future

Suzie Custerson

APAC Director, Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Acquisition, SEEK

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In this session, Suzie will share with you:

  • Latest SEEK Market Insights.
  • A bit about SEEK’s own journey and how we’re navigating the global economy.
  • Where does Strategic Workforce Planning fit alongside SEEK’s business strategy?
  • Strengthening the workforce for the future, Hybrid- working and SEEK’s journey so far.

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10:30am - 10:50am | Morning Tea

Ballroom Foyer

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10:50am - 11:50am

Plenary Session 3
Strategic Workforce Planning – What – Why – How

Nick Kennedy

Chair, The Workforce Planning Institute

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In this session, Nick will share with you:

  • What really is Strategic Workforce Planning and how is it different to workforce planning, scheduling and forecasting
  • Why is strategic so critical in the current macro-economic climate. What makes it one of the fastest growing and most critical professions on the planet right now?
  • How do you do it? Key steps to connecting your strategic objectives to your future workforce implications.

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11:55am - 12:55pm

Plenary Session 4
The future of Strategic Workforce Planning using local HR analytics (via HRIS) and the regional demographic of the community and international challenges for talent management

Michelle Fenwick

Executive Director, People & Culture, Northern Health

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In this session, Michelle will share with you:

  • Where can the application of analytics and technologies be of most value for HR leaders in their talent and leadership strategies?
  • Enabling effective and efficient processing of information and providing insights into the value of your talent and its data
  • How do you create actual value for your company out of employee statistics and quantitative data.
  • What direction will talent analytics take over the next few years?

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1:00pm - 2:00pm | Lunch

Cliveden Restaurant (Ground Level)

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2:00pm - 2:45pm

Workshop Session 1

Ballroom

State of Play: Universities HR Benchmarking Program 2023

Craig Laughton
Executive Director, AHEIA

Daniel Gullo
Director, HR Forecaster Pty Ltd

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In this interactive session we are taking a deeper dive into three sector-wide issues based on member feedback and the latest data from the HR Benchmarking Report 2023.

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2:45pm - 3:30pm

Workshop Session 2

Ballroom

Higher Ed Hackathon: A unified approach to tackling the big issues facing our sector

Jillian Bowen
Director, Learning and Experience, AHEIA

Bianca Rance
HR Director & Membership Experience Manager, AHEIA

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After an update on the insights, each person in the room will choose an issue most relevant to them and join an interactive discussion with peers from other universities to share experiences.

Then we’ll turn insights into actions with a problem solving sprint that taps into the brains trust of experience present in the room and gives attendees potential solutions to explore moving forward.

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3:30pm - 3:45pm

Sponsor’s Address: Global Mobility Trends

Colin Murphy

Regional Corporate Manager, Worldwide, Inc. SIRVA

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3:45pm - 4:10pm | Afternoon Tea

Ballroom Foyer

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4:10pm - 5:00pm

Plenary Session 5
Transforming Workforces Together: A Story of How NSW Health Developed Capability and Drove Innovation Through Communities of Practice

Kathryn Hume

Director, Workforce Transformations Australia Pty. Ltd

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In this session, Katharyn will share with you:

  • The megatrends that are likely to impact us all;
  • A suggested approach to build resilience in an unpredictable future;
  • Leveraging human capabilities to simultaneously innovate and learn simultaneously; and
  • Planning scenarios to thrive, now and into the future.

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5:00pm | Close of Conference Day 1

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6:30pm - 10:00pm | Conference Dinner

Ballroom 3

Friday 15 September 2023

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9:15am - 9:25am

Welcome

Craig Laughton

Executive Director, AHEIA

Ballroom

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9:25am - 10:10am

Plenary Session 6
Riding the AI Revolution to Extract More Value from Staff Feedback

Dr Peter Langford

General Manager, Xref Engage

Ricardo Munduruca

Director of Analytics, Xref

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In this session, Pete and Rico will discuss the revolution that the latest wave of AI brings to the analysis and actioning of staff feedback.

Our presentation will discuss the enormous power, as well as the limitations, of large language model AI such as ChatGPT.

We’ll discuss the tips and traps for practitioners using AI.

Finally, we’ll present our insights about HR priorities from using AI-based thematic analysis across recent staff surveys.

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10:15am - 11:00am

Plenary Session 7
Shaping the Future – What good strategic workforce planning looks like

Julie Sloan

Chief Executive, Workforce Planning Global

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In this session, Julie will share with you:

  • Importance of ISO Standards in building a future ready workforce
  • Identifying future focused business demand scenario
  • Aligning organisational strategy with current and future workforce
  • Critical role prioritisation
  • Assessing key analytics for informed decision making
  • Linking workforce optimisation and performance management
  • Evidence based role re-design
  • Workforce Planning technology

Ballroom

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11:00am - 11:20am | Morning Tea

Ballroom Foyer

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11:20am - 12:05pm

Plenary Session 8
A case study in workforce planning – The Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Australia)

Laura Sarich

Executive General Manager, People, Culture & Environment, Royal Flying Doctor Service SA/NT

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In this session, Laura will share with you:

  • Sharing our learnings to help others looking to start their workforce planning journey;
  • Understanding the importance of workforce planning and how it links with future business success;
  • The process of building a workforce plan; and
  • The challenge behind bringing leaders on the journey to think differently.

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12:10pm - 1:00pm

Plenary Session 9
Workforce planning for the First Nations peoples in Australia

Belinda Kendall

Chief Executive Director, Curijo

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In this session, Belinda will share with you:

  • The importance of workforce planning in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

  • The importance of unlearning and relearning new ways;

  • Challenging western ideals for employment;

  • Exploring employment and social needs for organisations; and

  • Practical workforce strategies/ideas to effectively increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforces from attraction through to retention.

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1:00pm - 2:00pm | Lunch

Cliveden Restaurant (Ground Level)

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2:00pm - 2:50pm

Plenary Session 10
Strategic Workforce Planning for the probable, plausible, possible future(s)

 

Tess Walton

Strategic Workforce Planner, TalentRiskManagement/Swinburne Edge

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The future is uncertain, but organisations have to and can plan their workforce beyond 12-month operational plans.  In this session, Tess will share with you:

  • Being prepared for different futures requires a range of foresight techniques, forecasting, scenario planning and more.
  • How to work with the unique challenges of Strategic Workforce Planning for a tertiary institute.

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3:00pm | Close of Conference Day 2