Public Sector Forum Schedule – National HR Summit

Public Sector Forum Schedule


9:00 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, UNSW

9:05 am

Welcome from the Public Sector Partner

Jim Georges

Head of Strategic Business Development, TAFE NSW

9:10 am

PANEL: Attracting top talent to the public sector

Public service employers need to think creatively to attract the best candidates. This interactive panel session will provide insights and practical strategies for public service recruitment.
  • First impressions count – how to differentiate your employer brand
  • Successful recruitment strategies with limited budgets and resources
  • Creating an attractive value proposition for millennials and graduates
  • Promoting the public sector as an employer of choice
  • Attracting quality candidates that will stay long term


Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, UNSW


Allison Doyle

Assistant Secretary - Learning, Department of Defence

Stephen Grieve

Head of People Support and Development, National Gallery of Australia

Duncan Hayward

Director General, Defence Force Recruiting

Jeremy Moore

Assistant Commissioner – Workplace Relations, Australian Taxation Office

10:00 am

LEGAL UPDATE: Discipline and termination guidelines for employees with mental illnesses

Mental health is a delicate subject and dealing with underperformance and misconduct can be challenging. Employers must navigate legal pitfalls and exercise caution when managing and terminating employees with mental illness and disabilities.
  • Bets practices for terminating an employee with long term absences related to mental health issues
  • A practical guide for collecting independent medical information relating to fitness for work and inherent requirements for their role
  • At what point is it pragmatic to cease disciplinary processes and come to a settlement with an employee who suffers from mental illness?

Joydeep Hor

Founder & Managing Principal, People + Culture Strategies

11:00 am

Rise to the challenge of change – The evolution of skills

The information age created by the fourth industrial revolution is impacting not only on our workplaces but also on our economies and societies. It is widely discussed that this will have a major influence on the future of employment particularly with regard to disappearance of some jobs, changes to the nature of existing jobs and emergence of new job roles.  As a result, a number of industries are facing critical skill-shortages, skill-gaps and skill-mismatches in a variety of existing and emerging roles. 

  • What are the challenges with talent acquisition in 21st Century?
  • How can we shape the skills and talent pipeline to meet the needs of the future workforce?
  • How can we keep up with a rapidly changing technological landscape requiring quick, agile, on-going and just-in-time skill development?

Geethani Nair

Head of SkillsPoint, Technology and Business Services, TAFE NSW

11:30 am

IN-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Successful well-being programs

Establishing wellbeing initiatives that have a meaningful and measurable impact on employee performance and engagement is a key challenge for public service organisations. This session will outline:
  • Tried and tested measures to create mentally healthy workplaces
  • Methods for empowering employees to take ownership of their wellbeing
  • Steps to creating a wellbeing culture in your workplace
  • Key pitfalls when implementing wellbeing initiatives and how to overcome them

Emily Small

Workforce Development Consultant, Attorney-General’s Department SA

12:40 pm
1:50 pm

CASE STUDY: Developing effective rewards and remuneration initiatives

Leading employers today understand the importance of a customised, individual rewards program that reflects the needs and preferences of their diverse workforces.
  • Understanding what types of incentives motivate your employees
  • How to structure rewards and compensation to meet employee expectations and your organisation’s objectives
  • Recognising, inspiring, connecting and empowering employees
  • Practical strategies for creating a recognition culture in your organisation

Rita Hudson

Senior Director - Organisational Capability, Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service

2:30 pm

CASE STUDY: Preparing leaders for the future of work

There are a lot of changes ahead with the future of work. Will there be a change in requirement from our leaders to meet these future demands? It’s one thing to prepare for the future of work but how are we going to prepare our leaders?
  • Understanding future workplace trends and their impact on leadership
  • Changing the way leaders think about themselves and of leadership
  • Pragmatic leadership skills to deliver successfully in a transformation environment
  • Effective outcomes from enterprise wide development program over multiple years

Joshua Goodrick

Former Director - Talent Management and Organisational Development, RMIT University

3:45 pm

PANEL: A holistic approach to diversity and inclusion that truly leads to change

While workplace diversity has been a key priority for public service organisations, progress is still needed to drive meaningful change.
  • Key lessons learnt from existing diversity and inclusion programs
  • Original and innovative approaches to D&I strategies
  • Creating a broader culture of inclusion that supports diversity
  • Effective strategies for embedding diversity and inclusion into recruitment practices
  • Leading the journey towards genuine diversity & inclusion


Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, UNSW


Samara Dobbins

Chief People Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW

Susan Pettifer

Director - People, Performance and Technology, City of Sydney

Zemeel Saba

Director - Culture, Leadership and Capability, La Trobe University

Mark Sweeney

Principal at 63p, and former Head of People Business Partnering at National Disability Insurance Agency

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, UNSW

9:10 am

CASE STUDY: How to drive strategic HR in the public sector

As technology advances, the role of HR is shifting towards being at the centre of organisational strategy and a crucial component for pushing change forward. How do you transform and align your HR systems and services with your organisations core strategy to deliver value?
  • Developing a fit for purpose HR service delivery model
  • Effective use of procurement and outsourcing
  • Leveraging data driven insights for strategic workforce planning and people management

Jacqui Curtis

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Tax Office Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Operations

9:50 am

PANEL: Developing a flexible workforce

Public sector organisations must adapt to changing workforce requirements to compete with other sectors for top talent and develop the agile teams needed to respond to change.
  • Strategies for increasing workplace flexibility to meet organisational and employee needs
  • Reviewing and responding to changing demand for skills and job roles
  • Developing HR policies to accommodate flexible work arrangements
  • Redesigning the organisation for adaptability and flexibility


Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, UNSW


Catharine Armitage

Head of People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Antoinette Holt

Manager Corporate Development, Canterbury Bankstown Council

Leith Mitchell

Director - Diversity, Culture and Engagement, Department of Education QLD

11:15 am

CASE STUDY: Supporting an ageing workforce

As the workforce gets older, public sector employers must focus on strategies that value the contribution of older workers to retain engagement and productivity in the workforce, whilst also supporting retirement preparation, succession planning and knowledge transfer.
  • How to redesign job roles and facilitate flexibility to support the needs and wellbeing of older workers
  • Practical tips for knowledge sharing and skills transfer between older and young employees
  • Effective strategies to value and engage older workers
  • Creating a supportive environment through collaboration with older employees
  • Best practices for communicating retirement plans

Cassie Mason

Director - Office of Ageing Well, SA Health

12:00 pm

IN-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Driving HR transformation through human-centred design

By adopting human-centred design thinking principles, HR professionals are able to better understand human needs and design positive and meaningful experiences throughout the employee life-cycle. In this interactive workshop, Sabina will share practical strategies to assist you in developing a successful employee-centric HR program.
  • Moving away from “process and policy” and adopting a human-centred design approach to challenges such as employee engagement, attracting talent or developing organisational culture
  • What are the principles of creating a compelling employee experience?
  • Managing change by developing a new cultural mindset

Sabina Schlegel

Director - Organisational Change and Culture, Queensland Health

2:15 pm

Interactive roundtable discussion groups

This interactive round Table session, facilitated by a subject matter expert, will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore particular challenges in more depth. At the conclusion, each round

Table facilitator will share key takeaways from their respective discussions.

Table 1 – Developing leadership capability programs aligned to organisational goals

Facilitator: Stephen Grieve – Head of People Support and Development, National Gallery of Australia

Table 2 – Organisational culture change – when saying the right things isn’t working

Facilitator: Sabina Schlegel – Director – Organisational Change and Culture, Queensland Health

Table 3 – Managing diverse and inclusive workforces

Facilitator: Susan Pettifer – Director – People, Performance and Technology, City of Sydney

Table 4 – How to leverage technology to create better HR service delivery outcomes

Facilitator: Maria Voukenas – Head of HR, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Table 5 – Effective strategies to improve employee experience and engagement

Facilitator: Joshua Goodrick – Director – Talent Management and Organisational Development, RMIT University

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