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The Higher Education HR/IR Conference 2018

Leading the Way

9 – 11 May 2018 Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Australia

Conference Program

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Time

Session

Venue/Room

1:00pm - 2:00pm

HR Directors Lunch

Kabuki Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant, Stamford Plaza Brisbane

2:00pm - 5:00pm

HR Directors Forum

River Room

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Drinks and Registration
Sponsored by UniSuper

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Conference Day 1 - Thursday 10 May 2018

Time

Session

Venue/Room

Speaker

8:40am - 9:00am

Welcome

Ballroom

Stuart Andrews
Executive Director, AHEIA

9:00am - 9:30am

Plenary Session 1
The Future - Coming, Ready or Not

Ballroom

Professor Andrew Vann
Vice-Chancellor
Charles Sturt University
President, AHEIA

9:30am - 10:30am

Plenary Session 2
FWC Current Developments

Ballroom

Hon Joseph Catanzariti AM
Vice President
Fair Work Commission

10:30am - 10:50am

Morning Tea

Ballroom Foyer

10:50am - 12:05pm

Plenary Session 3
IR and ER: Year in Review

This session canvasses critical industrial and employment law developments impacting your University. 

Successful prevention and management of employment claims and compliant staffing engagement are fundamental to risk management in the Higher Education sector and protecting the reputation of your University. 

Informed by key IR and case law developments, Stuart will identify key learnings from the last 12 months and focus areas for the year ahead.

Ballroom

Stuart Pill
Partner, Clayton Utz

12:10pm - 1:00pm

Plenary Session 4
University enterprise bargaining 2018: Insights and developments

This bargaining round, a number of universities have made good progress in achieving productivity gains through enterprise bargaining. In this session, Peter Raymond and Andrew Dempster go behind the headlines to take stock of bargaining developments to date, providing an update on pressure points, issues in dispute and areas of potential gain for universities. They will also discuss what university bargaining teams can do to ensure that there is strong Executive support for bargaining strategy how to sustain that support until an Agreement is reached.

Ballroom

Peter Raymond
Employee Relations Consultant
AHEIA

Andrew Dempster
Principal
Proofpoint Advisory

1:00pm 2:00pm

Lunch
Sponsored by
Clayton Utz

Brasserie Restaurant

 

Breakout Sessions

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Concurrent Session C1
TSS 482 visa, SAF levy and changes to 186/187 visas: Addressing the new immigration challenges

River Room

Dr John Wellard
Policy Director - International,
Universities Australia

Aristotle Paipetis
Principal Solicitor
Visa Lawyers Australia Pty Ltd

2:50pm - 3:35pm

Concurrent Session C2
Secret academic business: How are we going to manage third-space careers?

The presenters will present on the:

  • Current research into third-space careers;
  • Outcomes of research into current employment patterns in universities; and
  • Options for third-space career structures.

The workshop is designed to draw on the experience of participants as a means of developing and/or refining model career structures.

River Room

Dr Carroll Graham
LH Martin Institute
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne

Liz Baré
LH Martin Institute
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne

2:00pm - 3:35pm

Workshop 1
When truth is stranger than fiction: The complex realities of workplace investigations

Grevis uses a hypothetical and evolving case study to collaboratively explore the complex and sensitive issues which can arise at every stage of an investigation, including: counter-claims, vague allegations, “scope creep”, capacity to participate, delays, analysing of evidence, complaint withdrawal and vexatiousness.

Using a “what happens next?” approach, Grevis draws on the relevant cases, principles and best practice approach. He will assist those attending how to navigate the trickier and more challenging aspects of undertaking a fair and reliable investigation. The presentation is highly-engaging, stimulating and facilitative. 

Ballroom A

Grevis Beard
Co-Founder & Director
Worklogic

2:00pm - 3:35pm

Workshop 2
Leading the way: Practical advice for improving mental health in your workplace

A workshop designed to help participant to:

  • Understand the mental health continuum and how it applies to us all; a societal and workplace context;
  • Gain knowledge to apply a strategic, evidence-based methodology to create mentally healthy workplaces;
  • Learn strategies for adopting an integrated approach to workplace mental health including minimising risk, supporting those with mental health conditions and promoting the positives within the workplace; and
  • Apply these strategies in Higher Education.

Ballroom B

Michael O'Hanlon 
Workplace Engagement Manager 
beyondblue

3:40pm - 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm - 4:50pm

Plenary Session 5
Implementing change: best-in-class strategies

In this session, Michael, Chris and Erin will share with you:

  • What leading employers do to outperform their competitors; and
  • What questions top performing organisations ask themselves to ensure employment arrangements create rather than destroy value.

Ballroom

Michael Tamvakologos
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Chris Gardner
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Erin Hawthorne
Senior Associate
Seyfarth Shaw Australia

4:50pm

Close of Conference Day 1

6:20pm

Walk to dinner venue

6:30pm 10:30pm

Conference Dinner – Room Three Sixty, QUT
Sponsored by Fisher Leadership

Conference Day 2 - Friday 11 May 2018

Time

Session

Venue/Room

Speaker

9:00am - 9:10am

Welcome

Ballroom

Stuart Andrews
Executive Director, AHEIA

9:10am - 9:55am

Plenary Session 6
Keynote address

Ballroom

Professor Aidan Byrne
Provost & Senior Deputy Vice-President
University of Queensland

9:55am - 10:40am

Plenary Session 7
University-wide transformation at Flinders – Achieving ‘The 2025 Agenda’

In this session, Steve and Christie will:

  • Share with you an overview of workforce challenges facing Flinders University in 2016;
  • Outline of workforce transformation strategy, goals and process to successfully deliver project;
  • Hightlight challenges along the way and strategies to overcome; and
  • Discuss outcomes and successes.

Ballroom

Steve Barrett
Director, People and Culture
Flinders University

10:40am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

Ballroom Foyer

11:00am - 11:45am

Plenary Session 8
Defining best practice to ensure senior executive diversity in the higher education sector

In this session, Jo and Mira will:

  • Share an overview of the universities Australia Executive Women's Best Practice Recruitment Guidelines to Fast Forward the Advancement of Women in Australian University Executive Appointments;
  • Review diversity opportunities beyond gender; and
  • Open forum discussion around big ideas and opportunities.
Ballroom

Jo Fisher
Managing Director
Fisher Leadership

Mira Bacelj
Principal
Search and Leadership Advisory

11:45am - 12:30pm

Plenary Session 9
Leadership in the new world of work

Leadership is in overheating crucible of reframed/ reframing world in throes of radical transformation: VICCASS World characterised by increasing Variety, Interdependency, Complexity, Change, Ambiguity, Seamlessness and Sustainability.

These exponential challenge the established models of leadership. Leaders in an agile organisation must set the context and purpose, ensure alignment, and enable autonomy.
Leaders need to think differently, behave differently and react differently.

We need to identify leaders early for their agility, creativity, ability to lead and connect people and teams, their thinking patterns and their systems thinking.

Senior leaders should be measured on their ability to cut through bureaucracy to enable change, their ability to create counter-intuitive insights and their courage in challenging the norm.

Ballroom

Professor Marianne Roux
Professor of Practice, Leadership and Executive Education
Monash University

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch
Sponsored by
Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Brasserie Restaurant

 

Breakout Sessions

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Concurrent Session C3
Time's up for turning a blind eye - how to manage and respond to sexual harassment in your workplace - what are your legal responsibilities

While sexual harassment is not new, the "Me Too", "Times up" post Weinstein era provides a sobering reality check for all workplaces.  2017 was not the year that sexual harassment becoming unlawful, however following the AHRC sexual assault and sexual harassment project and Universities Australia's Respect. Now. Always initiatives, it remains front of mind for the Higher Education sector.

This session will look at "all things sexual harassment" in the modern world, and the impact for leadership and culture as we explore:

  • What is and what is not "sexual harassment";
  • What about office banter and conduct outside of work;
  • Are our policies or training letting us down?;
  • Major case developments; and
  • Trends and key learnings for managers and Universities.

River Room

 

Hedy Cray
Partner, Clayton Utz

2:20pm - 3:05pm

Concurrent Session C4
Working together apart

Insight into the “Working Together Apart” programs which offers a blended approach for employees and leaders to develop strategies and behaviours that will support team members working remotely individually and in clusters.

The program explores five key cultural behaviours that support a remote team environment: individual self-management ability, adapted management style, interpersonal trust, a culture of support, and effective equipment and processes. Skills practice, role-plays, coaching clinics and facilitator feedback will be conducted throughout the program.

This pathway consists of a series of three standalone learning programs, each covering one of the three focus areas required for effective virtual leadership.

  • Program One Managing Self
  • Program Two – Managing Communication
  • Program Three – Leading the Team

River Room

Michael Tonkin
General Manager
Maura Fay Learning

Andrew Martin
Senior Client Learning
Maura Fay Learning

1:30pm - 3:05pm

Workshop 3 (repeat of Day 1)
When truth is stranger than fiction: The complex realities of workplace investigations

Grevis uses a hypothetical and evolving case study to collaboratively explore the complex and sensitive issues which can arise at every stage of an investigation, including: counter-claims, vague allegations, “scope creep”, capacity to participate, delays, analysing of evidence, complaint withdrawal and vexatiousness.

Using a “what happens next?” approach, Grevis draws on the relevant cases, principles and best practice approach. He will assist those attending how to navigate the trickier and more challenging aspects of undertaking a fair and reliable investigation. The presentation is highly-engaging, stimulating and facilitative. 

Ballroom A

Grevis Beard
Co-Founder & Director
Worklogic

1:30pm - 3:05pm

Workshop 4 (repeat of Day 1)
Leading the way: Practical advice for improving mental health in your workplace

A workshop designed to help participant to:

  • Understand the mental health continuum and how it applies to us all; a societal and workplace context;
  • Gain knowledge to apply a strategic, evidence-based methodology to create mentally healthy workplaces;
  • Learn strategies for adopting an integrated approach to workplace mental health including minimising risk, supporting those with mental health conditions and promoting the positives within the workplace; and
  • Apply these strategies in Higher Education.

Ballroom B

Michael O'Hanlon 
Workplace Engagement Manager 
beyondblue

3:05pm - 3:25pm

Afternoon Tea

3:25pm - 3:45pm

Conference Close

Ballroom Stuart Andrews
Executive Director, AHEIA