26 - 27 June, 2018 | Australia

Conference Day One: Tuesday 26th June 2018

9:15 am - 9:45 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:45 am - 9:55 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Luke Fleming - Workforce Planning Manager, International Convention Centre, Sydney

Luke Fleming

Workforce Planning Manager
International Convention Centre, Sydney

9:55 am - 10:35 am CASE STUDY: How Salvation Army is Navigating their Biggest Amalgamation in Workforce Planning

Penny Lovett - National Chief Human Resources Officer, The Salvation Army
By January 1 2019, the Salvation Army in Australia will operate as one with the amalgamation of the Australia Eastern and the Australia Southern territories. This is currently one of largest amalgamations to occur in Australia and as such provides a platform for different policies and procedures to be revised. In this session Penny will look into:

  • Exploring the changes occurring within the organisation and the effects of this in their workforce planning sector
  • How to build workforce capability whilst retaining employees to build a national organisation
  • Understanding the benefits of the amalgamation and how to address and navigate challenges within this sector

Penny Lovett

National Chief Human Resources Officer
The Salvation Army

10:35 am - 11:05 am Thought Leadership Session

11:05 am - 11:35 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!


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 mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Topic One

12:05 pm - 1:05 pm Using Predictive Analytics to Meet the Needs of the Growing Flexible Working Environment
Daniel Firman - Workforce Manager, QBE Insurance

Daniel Firman

Workforce Manager
QBE Insurance

Topic Two

12:05 pm - 1:05 pm Enhancing Digital Capability to Push the New Wave of Workforce Planning Innovation

Topic Three

12:05 pm - 1:05 pm Engaging Employees to Increase Retention Rates in order to Achieve Long-Term Business Goals
Anu Sharma - Workforce Planning Manager, AMP

Anu Sharma

Workforce Planning Manager

1:05 pm - 2:05 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

  • Exploring strategies to overcome the challenge of 'change' and ensuring employees are prepared to progress into the future of workforce
  • Re-evaluating traditional workforce planning methods and strategies to adapt them to respond to changes in talent needs
  • Understanding what effective strategic workforce planning looks like and how it can anticipate trends of the 'new-workforce'

Luke Fleming

Workforce Planning Manager
International Convention Centre, Sydney


Alex Diab

General Manager, Human Resources
NSW Business Chamber


Edwin Kumar

Strategic Workforce Planning Manager
Transport for NSW

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm CASE STUDY: Westpac Group: Using People Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes and Future Workforce Alignment

Sean Preusse - Lead Analyst, Westpac Group
Improving business outcomes and future workforce alignment can be challenging for Human Resources professionals. With the right data, analytics and predictive models can be developed to understand opportunities such as bias, leadership strength, engagement, culture and wellbeing. By understanding what leaders require for the future of the organisation, these areas of analysis are imperative for improvement. In this session Sean will explore:

  • How to interpret workforce planning data and measure your return on investments to retain ongoing support and business value
  • Understanding how the development of software tools can assist in predictive analytics
  • Analysing the role of predictive analytics in optimising talent in a rapidly changing workforce environment

Sean Preusse

Lead Analyst
Westpac Group


3:55 pm - 4:35 pm CASE STUDY: Realising Strategies with Transport for NSW to Guide the Ageing Population in our Workforce to Respond and Re-define their Work Contribution

Edwin Kumar - Strategic Workforce Planning Manager, Transport for NSW
With the traditional view of retirement shifting, there is now more of a need for organisations to re-define the ageing population’s work contribution. With 48% of baby boomers expected to continue working past the age of 65, organisations are forced to address the potential talent gap and respond to the changing nature of our workforce demographic. In this session Edwin will examine:

  • Exploring different paths to engage aged workers to willingly adapt to change in workforce
  • Implementing strategies to get the best out of your older workforce by exploring innovative thinking to redefine their work contribution
  • Analyzing and managing the older workforce by creating a strategic plan for the future that can anticipate the future of their work contribution

Edwin Kumar

Strategic Workforce Planning Manager
Transport for NSW

4:35 pm - 5:15 pm How RMIT University Have Shifted From Metrics to Analytics to Build Capability and Create Executive Sponsorship Around Workforce Planning

Kevin Murphy - Director, Strategic Workforce Planning & Reward, RMIT University
RMIT delivers a knowledge product to people through its people, which account for 70% of operating cost. The University has been operating for 130 years ensuring each generation had the skills to contribute to their community and build skills for life and work. RMIT knows the next 130 years won’t be like the last. To ensure the university has the required capability and capacity in its people and systems a strategic workforce plan is being rolled out in 2017 and 2018 to help craft the future RMIT. In this session, Kevin will explore how RMIT have worked to secure executive sponsorship for their future plans in their workforce.
  • Managing the balance between RMIT’s own workforce and producing the next generation of industry’s workforce
  • Battling how affordability, changing student and employer expectations, globalisation of the workforce, digitalisation of education and microcredentialing can impact operations and therefore, workforce planning strategies
  • Managing the expectations of both customer and industry to ensure the university is future focused and meets student and industry needs around employability

Kevin Murphy

Director, Strategic Workforce Planning & Reward
RMIT University

5:15 pm - 5:15 pm Networking Drinks End of Day One and Networking Drinks