28 - 29 November, 2017 | Novotel Sydney Central

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 29th November 2017

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

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

Julie Sloan, Chief Executive,Workforce Planning Global
Conference Chair:

Julie Sloan

Chief Executive
Workforce Planning Global

9:10 am - 9:50 am Understanding the Changing World of Work: Where Workforce Planning and HR Metrics can Build a Productive Future

Helen Bull, Group Manager, Workforce Information,Australian Public Service Commission
In a recent Government report, the largest growth of employees from 2015-16 in the Australian Public Service were trainees at 140 per cent. This in itself is evident of the changing nature of work and the rise opportunities for up skilling the industry and embracing the direction of the future workforce. This session will look into how organisations can utilise workforce planning and HR Metrics to keep up with the latest workforce trends to better prepare for rapid growth in the future.  

  •  Insights into how the Australian Public Service is considering emerging trends impacting on the workforce for example gig and peer to peer economies, shared human and digital labour
  •  “All role flex”: using workforce planning to create and manage flexible working arrangements
  • Keeping up with the trends: Utilising metrics and analytics to prepare for the future

Helen Bull

Group Manager, Workforce Information
Australian Public Service Commission

9:50 am - 10:30 am Case Study: Supporting Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Skills and Knowledge in the Workforce Through the Indigenous Pathways Project

Agnese Hubbard, Director, People and Workforce Development,Parks Australia
Parks Australia is part of the federal environment portfolio and is responsible for the management of seven Commonwealth National Parks. In these places, land and sea management include requirements to engage specific traditional skills and knowledge to ensure that the connection to sea and country is maintained. This brings a unique dimension to Park based engagement and employment, as there is a need to recognise the traditional skills and knowledge that Indigenous staff bring to our places. With reference to the Indigenous Pathways (IP) project, this session with discuss:

· How the project will review the Indigenous employment and engagement needs and confirm the most suitable pathway models for each place 
· Changing the way Parks Australia operates to meet Traditional Owner expectations in their Jointly Management parks and support government priorities in relation to improving employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians more generally
· How metrics, workforce planning and regular reporting is used as evidence to recognise the critical skills missing and the positive impact traditional skills can have in the workforce

Agnese Hubbard

Director, People and Workforce Development
Parks Australia


11:00 am - 11:30 am Thought Leadership Session –

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Lightning Talks: Insights into Workforce Development and Maturity

In this session, three presenters will highlight their most pressing challenges in their workforce planning, with each presenter commenting on their business readiness and maturity with their workforce. Each presentation will be delivered in lightning fashion, a maximum of ten minutes, before the conference breaks into three groups, each led by a presenter who will continue the discussion in an interactive roundtable discussion.

Lightning Talk One

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Workforce Management in Emergency Services

Katrina Bahen, Director, Human Resources,Victoria State Emergency Service

Katrina Bahen

Director, Human Resources
Victoria State Emergency Service

Lightning Talk Two

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Starting the Local Government Workforce Planning Journey

Sharon Pearsons, Organisational Change Specialist,City of Casey

Sharon Pearsons

Organisational Change Specialist
City of Casey

Lightning Talk Three

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Driving Cultural Development and Continuous Improvement in Workforce Planning

Breda Diamond, Director, Organisational Change, Capability and Development,Service NSW

Breda Diamond

Director, Organisational Change, Capability and Development
Service NSW

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Lightning Talks Roundtables

In this interactive session, delegates will split into three roundtables based on the lightning talk they found most appealing to explore in open-minded dialogue which will be lead by the presenter.

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

With workforce planning being a critical cog in shaping your organisation’s future, it is important to understand why collaboration is a key to success. Knowing what’s important to your business and your employees will help to inform better decisions and increase the level of engagement, which will help build the right skills and people for the future. This panel will look at:

  • Avoiding silos – How to maintain relationships with key departments to increase skill sets and engagement of multiple roles
  • Human Resources and Data Maturity – Understanding your responsibilities and what is required on your part to help facilitate growth in the workforce
  • Analysing your organisation’s readiness for change and how to adapt a broad willingness to control change, engage early and engage often

Julie Sloan

Chief Executive
Workforce Planning Global


Agnese Hubbard

Director, People and Workforce Development
Parks Australia


Melissa Attia

Group Manager, Human Resources
Cumberland Council

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Analytics Behind Strategic Workforce Management in NSW Government

Scott Johnston, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division,NSW Public Service Commission
Using workforce data to support workforce planning and making informed decisions is not a new concept but it has been difficult to connect the right data with the right problems at the right time. This presentation strips back the myths about data analytics and its important connection to all HR professionals and senior leaders to drive strategy and change. With reference to what is happening within the NSW Government in realising the potential of vast information available, Scott will also discuss:

  • How a focus on access, simplicity in messaging and building capability within the sector have become a focus for development
  • Making the analytic connection between the efforts of the workforce and the outcomes agencies are delivering
  • How the measurement of sector wide key performance indicators is providing a workforce focus in achieving our desired community outcomes
  • How to better connect with analytics and make it of value to your role

Scott Johnston

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division
NSW Public Service Commission


3:00 pm - 3:40 pm SWITCH at CSIRO: Changing Workforce Mindsets and Increasing Mobility through Collaboration, Innovation and Data Analytics

Ricky Pena, Executive Manager, Human Resources,CSIRO
CSIRO is currently embarking on a ‘SWITCH’ strategy, which challenges staff to switch the way they think and to switch on a collaboration mindset. As part of the strategy, CSIRO has focussed its workforce trend metrics on three areas: Attraction, Retention and Mobility. This session will explore how CSIRO uses consultation and metrics to increase buy-in to innovative workforce mobility programs and to reinforce the importance of strategic alignment.
  • Boosting secondment numbers to help build relationships and foster collaboration with universities, government and industry
  • Understanding the specific metrics and analysis needed to plan for talent sourcing and talent mapping
  • Developing an evidence-based approach to ensure buy-in from the CSIRO board and senior managers to invest in new workforce programs

Ricky Pena

Executive Manager, Human Resources

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Improving Workforce Resilience and Risk Mitigation Through the Restructuring of Your Organisation

Linda Holmes, Executive Director, Leadership and Workforce,Victorian Public Service Commission
  • How to effectively integrate risk management into all planning and decision-making to boost your resilience in the changing operating environment
  • Investigating the benefits of an integrated framework to mitigate risks of availability of skills and organisational growth prospects
  • HR Metrics as a means to identify risks and develop leadership to overcome modern workforce challenges  

Linda Holmes

Executive Director, Leadership and Workforce
Victorian Public Service Commission

4:20 pm - 4:20 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Close of Main Conference