28 - 29 November, 2017 | Novotel Sydney Central

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 28th November 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee


9:00 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks and Presentation by the Conference Chair: International Accreditation on Workforce Planning

Julie Sloan, Chief Executive,Workforce Planning Global
As the lead writer for both the inaugural Australian and International standards on Workforce Planning, Julie Sloan will open the conference with an overview of what’s happening around the globe in strategic workforce planning. 

Conference Chair and Speaker:

Julie Sloan

Chief Executive
Workforce Planning Global

9:40 am - 10:20 am Understanding Sustainable Employability: What it Could Mean for Australia’s Future Workforce

Sabrina Pit, Senior Research Fellow, Workforce Research Steam Leader,University of Sydney
Adopting a sustainable employability framework can help maintain quality work, wellbeing and a long-term agile approach. This then assists in acquiring, developing and training and retaining workforce members to meet changing economic, legislative and market requirements and conditions.

Drawing on The International Standards Organisation Technical Report 30406: Sustainable employability management for organisations, Sabrina will discuss how Australia can work towards a common understanding of sustainable employability and building capacity and capability. Referencing European case studies and how it will translate into the Australian context, this session will give an understanding on the limitations of the sustainable employability concept and the extent of acceptance in Australian organisations.

Sabrina Pit

Senior Research Fellow, Workforce Research Steam Leader
University of Sydney

10:20 am - 10:50 am Thought Leadership Session –

10:50 am - 11:20 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!



11:50 am - 1:00 pm Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve. 

Group 4

Table One

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Workforce Analytics: What Should we Measure About our Workforce?

Bradley Whatmore, Workforce Planning Manager,Australian Taxation Office

Bradley Whatmore

Workforce Planning Manager
Australian Taxation Office

Table Two

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Talent Management and Sourcing to Align to Future Workforce Culture

Kerryn Smith, Chief Executive Officer,Australian Industry Defence Network, Northern Territory

Kerryn Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Industry Defence Network, Northern Territory

Table Three

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Cross Industry Discussion: Managing Casual Workforces and Competition of Workforce Demand

Luke Fleming, Workforce Planning Manager,International Convention Centre Sydney

Luke Fleming

Workforce Planning Manager
International Convention Centre Sydney

Table Four

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Data Governance: Implementing Consistency with Systems for Better Reporting

Michelle Lyon-Green, Manager, Workforce Planning & Reporting,Department of State Development, South Australia

Michelle Lyon-Green

Manager, Workforce Planning & Reporting
Department of State Development, South Australia

Table Five

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Thought Leadership Speaker –

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm IT Workforce Planning: The Australian Taxation Office’s Approach to Managing the Future IT Workforce through Data Analytics and Metrics

Gavin Wright, Director, Workforce Management,Australian Taxation Office
With 2500 staff and 15 branches across the ATO’s IT Department, the organisation is currently going through a strategy to manage the skilling requirements for their future IT workforce. The tactical approach is coupled with the skilling data developed by the organisation to understand the bigger picture of where the workforce needs to be and grow in the long-term. This session will share insights into:

  • Skill mapping and utilising data analytics to identify the critical staff and skills needed for the effective management of each branch
  • Conducting physical analysis and linking findings to develop a practical application that can be embedded to achieve business objectives and ROI
  • Reshaping culture and creating opportunities within your organisation to better embrace change, particularly in an era of technological changes and upgrades

Gavin Wright

Director, Workforce Management
Australian Taxation Office

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm From Workforce Planning to Workforce Training: How WA Department of Education’s Own Workforce Planning Tools Have Influenced Public Education Systems

Neil Purdy, Manager, Workforce Planning,Department of Education Western Australia
Western Australia’s Department of Education has worked on a journey developing the National Workforce Data Strategy to assist in creating a deeper understanding of supply issues in the national school workforce. Through their internal HR Metrics and strong development strategies, the Department has become an influential guide in assisting universities and schools to understand the supply of their workforce. This session will be a case study overview on the strategies at the Department of Education, with insights into ways organisations can further enhance their capabilities and influence the workforce plans outside of their own organisation.

  • Looking at HR Metrics as a basis for workforce training across a national, state and individual level to improve supply and quality of teaching staff
  • Analysing internal strategies and workforce management: Department of Education’s monitoring and policies of unplanned leave and how it assists education systems in this area
  • How you can play a vital role as a government organisation to influence the maturity of workforce planning externally to help others develop the skills and workforce they need

Neil Purdy

Manager, Workforce Planning
Department of Education Western Australia


3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Refocusing Workforce Planning to Encourage and Empower Workforce Ownership

Alexandra Maron, Director, HR Strategies,Department of Finance
With roughly 2000 diverse employees, the Department of Finance is embarking on a Departmental Plan that encourages each division to manage and have responsibility for their own workforce. Additionally, by adapting a joint approach with project deployment and business priorities, the department is able to create tools and manage data to assist divisions in understanding the frameworks and processes. This session will explore how to encourage ownership for managing workforces and effective allocation of responsibilities.

  • Understanding each division’s needs and how to effectively take them through the tools and processes to mentor them into managing their workforce
  • Investigating how workforce ownership can influence a mobile workforce and give employees opportunities through those movements
  • Analysing data collection to create successful team structures and responsibilities to meet business objectives and maximise productivity for the future 

Alexandra Maron

Director, HR Strategies
Department of Finance

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm The Three Tier Approach to Workforce Planning: Succession Planning, Divisional Workforce Planning and Strategic Workforce Planning, Driving Mature Workforce Planning Practices

Adina Leu, Assistant Director, Workforce Analytics & Planning,Australian Financial Security Authority
The Australian Financial Security Authority has developed a five-year road map to mature the Agency’s workforce planning practices by 2020. In this strategy, AFSA adopted a three tier approach, partnering strategically across the organisation to develop capabilities and mitigate workforce risk. This session will delve into AFSA’s succession planning, divisional workforce planning and strategic workforce planning with the use of workforce and business data and analytics for evidence-based decision making.

  • Recognising your organisation’s capabilities and resources to develop in-house solutions and systems, which enables collaboration and ownership of roles and responsibilities
  • The bottom-up approach: Effectively engaging senior management to develop successors for roles and readiness for the workforce of the future workforce
  • Predictive analytics and modelling: Mitigating risks and closing capability gaps, through investing in data and analytics to drive employee engagement and workforce performance 


Adina Leu

Assistant Director, Workforce Analytics & Planning
Australian Financial Security Authority

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm Champagne Solutions Clinic

This champagne solutions clinic will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around Workforce Planning in Australia’s Public Sector. Delegates will discuss their most pressing challenges and one member of the roundtable will present back to the group with their findings. Grab a glass of bubbly and discuss the issues whilst forming relationships with influential experts.

5:40 pm - 5:40 pm End of Day One and Networking Drinks