Conference Day One: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:40 AM Opening Remarks and Presentation by the Conference Chair: International Accreditation on Workforce Planning

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.

09:40 AM - 10:20 AM Getting the Best Out of Our Casuals: Effectively Preparing Your Organisation for the Future of the Contingent Workforce

Robyn Moroney, Director, Casual Workforce & Program Resource Allocation, Western Sydney University
From contract workers, free-lancers and casual employees, this idea of a contingent workforce is influencing the workforce structures of Australian organisations. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the journal Social Indicators Research, casual employment has risen since 1984 from 15 percent to 25 per cent. Such is the workforce at the Western Sydney University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, where the supervision and allocation of 150 casual staff involves careful professional development and engagement with staff to mitigate risks in reputational management and productivity. This session will outline how organisations need to take the right approach and actions to better prepare and understand what the contingent workforce will mean for them, through specific case studies delivered by WSU.
  • An overview of the current and perceived contingent workforce trends and how to anticipate the direction and growth of your future workforce
  • Evaluating the talent and capability gaps to achieve company goals through embedding a strategy that encompasses full-time and contingent workers
  • Managing the perceptions on retention and career progression of contingent workers to better integrate and engage them while still attaining long-term business objectives

Robyn Moroney

Director, Casual Workforce & Program Resource Allocation
Western Sydney University

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM Solving the Enigma of Effort Management for Project Based Enterprises

Alex James, Director, Resrodel
‘Resource management’ is hard – particularly for enterprises with projects like PMO’s, software developers, consultancies, publishers, builders, manufacturers, service maintainers and asset owners. Numbers are hard to collate, change is continuous and different people ask different questions about the same data: How many people do we need to recruit? What work can be shared? Will there be maximum utilisation?

This session unveils the recently developed ‘effort management’ quantitative method that enables workforce planners to easily answer these questions, plan just enough people in time, forecast the future health of the whole enterprise and dramatically reduce the time needed to balance people numbers, project delivery and business outcomes.

  • Challenges & consequences
  • The resource role model - ground breaking method
  • Estimating, availability, allocating and scheduling
  • Case studies
  • Never before seen forecast metrics, analysis, outcomes and opportunities
  • In the future

Alex James



A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:50 AM - 12:20 PM EY Thought Leadership Session

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM Case Study: Organisational Design DNA, Building blocks to Realise Strategy – The Optus Approach

Ronan Carolan, Head of HR Consumer, Optus
For too long organisations have (mostly) seen organisational design as “boxes and lines” (an organisational chart). At Optus we know that it is more than this. We view organisational design as a strategic approach to implementing and communicating the strategic direction of the organisation. This session will outline the holistic approach that Optus has taken to organisational design, the tools in use, the pitfalls to avoid and the measure of success.

Ronan Carolan

Head of HR Consumer


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Expert Panel Discussion: Embracing Digital Literacy to Position your Organisation for the Digital Workforce

Paul Dalton, Executive General Manager, Southern Region, Boral Danny Klepac, General Manager, Workforce Transformation, Seven West Media , ,
Growing your resilience to the future of the digital workforce takes effort into educating and upskilling your employees to understand the importance of keeping up with technological changes. Embracing digital literacy is just as essential to developing your workforce plan, and in this session, panelists will explore strategies that can help you to bridge this gap in your organisation.
  • Uncovering how much automation is actually good for the workforce: Where does automation work and how will it affect our future workforce?
  • How to direct your workforce to be agile and innovative around technology to ultimately drive productivity
  • Enhancing and revamping the direction of HR to become more digitally savvy to support the potential digital business


Paul Dalton

Executive General Manager, Southern Region

Danny Klepac

General Manager, Workforce Transformation
Seven West Media

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM Generational Planning: Bridging the Gap Between the Age Demographic and Driving Diversity

Paul Birch, Director, People and Culture, Health and Safety, Transdev
Maintaining an equal balance between the age demographic in your workforce can be challenging when you consider the different skill sets and work preferences for each group. It’s important for organisations to think about their workforce capacity through generational planning, to influence the way each demographic can increase productivity and contribution in the workforce. This session will look at how to effectively drive age diversity to better transition into your long-term workforce strategy.
  • Developing comparisons and analysis with how each generation is thinking about their work expectations and its effect on capability gaps and workforce growth
  • Monitoring your organisation’s age profile and utilising the data to develop informed and strategic decisions with employment practices
  • Redefining your company culture and overcoming barriers to ensure effective people management and transitions into future new ways of working


Paul Birch

Director, People and Culture, Health and Safety


8:00 AM - AM Beyond the Spreadsheet: A Universal Approach to Planning Strategically for a Decentralised Global Workforce

Planning strategically for the future workforce is no mean feat at Nestlé. With diverse businesses spanning household brand food and beverage
production, premium coffee and chocolate production and distribution, through to medical research, Nestlé has a unique challenge before it to
standardise the way it thinks about how to mitigate risk to the business driven out of forecast people gaps. People Analytics at Nestlé – a central HR function at Nestlé with a globally networked group of specialists spanning businesses and geographies are core to the development of a process and toolset that is driving Nestlé towards a simplified, standardized and shared way of approaching strategic workforce planning for all of its businesses, regardless of size and scale.

Join Nestlé at the half way point in this journey and learn how they have harnessed the best in predictive models and consultative approaches
to deliver both strategic workforce planning across the globe, and an enhanced skillset to business partners and line managers alike in their approach to strategic planning in their businesses.
  • Nestlé’s approach to Strategic Workforce Planning
  • The journey to date
  • The natural link from Strategic Workforce Planning to broader People Analytics practices at Nestlé
  • What’s next at Nestlé?

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM Champagne Roundtable Discussion

This champagne roundtable will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around Fraud and Corruption in Australia’s Public Sector. Delegates will choose a topic that they wish to discuss 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.

Table 1: The Great Data Analytics Debate: To Customise In-house Solutions or Not?

Table 2: Redefining Workforce Contribution and Nurturing Aged Workers

Table 3: Organisational Restructuring and its Influence on Strategic and Operational Planning

6:00 PM - 11:59 PM End of Day One and Networking Drinks