The current version of the Conference Program below is ‘provisional only’, information will be updated at regular intervals.

Please click on title for a synopsis of the session.

Wednesday, 31 August

1330 Registration Open
1400 – 1800 Choice of 9 or 18 holes Golf Afternoon (Sea Temple Golf Course) Sponsored by JobAdder
David Rendell 1: The Innovative Organization: Creating a Culture that Fosters Creativity, Capability and Change
Amit 2: Planning, Establishing and Managing Offshore Outsourcing for Recruitment Agencies
AMIT SOMAIYA, CEO, Interactive
1830 – 2030 Poolside Welcome Reception BBQ - Sponsored by SEEK

Thursday, 1 September

0730 – 1745 Registration Open
0830 – 0845 Welcome & Opening Remarks
0845 – 1000 FL!P: Creative Strategies for Turning Challenge Into Opportunity and Change Into Competitive Advantage
PETER SHEAHAN – Sponsored by CareerOne
1000 – 1100 Dare To Be Innovative - Panel Session
In spite of strong economic conditions SME recruitment agencies continue to come under sustained pricing pressure from aggressive multi-national competitors and more knowledgeable and demanding clients. Progressively better and cheaper vendor offerings in the areas of assessment technology, job boards, networking sites like LinkedIn and cloud-based CRM systems have widened the sourcing and recruitment choices available to organisations and candidates alike.
Is there any alternative to the path of ‘lowest fee or thinnest margin wins?’ Can SME recruitment agencies remain profitable and viable in the long run in spite of these shifts? Is there a smarter way to compete and thrive in the next decade?
The answer is definitely ‘yes’ because there are already a number of nimble and innovative SME recruitment agencies who are forging ahead by profitably differentiating themselves with smart market positioning and innovative service offerings.
Find out from our expert panel of SME recruitment owners what they doing and how it is helping them remain relevant and profitable in a tough recruitment marketplace.Facilitated by ROSS CLENNETT APRCSAThe panelists include:
CLAYTON COOK – TP Human Capital (Townsville)
AARON DODD – Mindset Group (Melbourne & Sydney)
JULIE HONORE – SafeSearch (Melbourne)
JAMES COZENS – AttwoodCozens (Auckland)
1100 – 1125 Morning Tea – Sponsored by Oxford Funding
1125 – 1210 Retention and Innovation – Two for the Price of One
Sponsored By Oxford Funding
1210 – 1255 Build an Innovation Process
1255 – 1345 Buffet Lunch – Sponsored by Oxford Funding
1345 – 1430 Global Strategies: The Future of Talent, a Global Perspective
DAVID ARKLESS – President – Corporate and Government Affairs – Manpower Group – Sponsored by RecruitmentSuper
Do you have a high performance culture? (And how to build one if you don’t)
 Is Collaboration Useful in our Business?
Build Value for Growth and Succession
Dr TOM MCKASKILLSponsored by Liberty International Underwriters
Understanding, Maximising and Leveraging Innovative Social Media Practices in Recruitment and Employer Branding
1515- 1540 Afternoon Tea – Sponsored by Oxford Funding
1540- 1640 Fight or Adapt – What Should On-Hire Look Like in 20 Years? – Panel Session
The recruitment sector is good at adapting, and isn’t afraid of a stoush either. But, what will the on-hire sector look like in 20 years time? Join this Q & A style panel session and throw your policy weight around to shape the future.

  • Should there be portable leave entitlements for on-hire workers?
  • Should independent contracting be limited to the professional sector?
  • Should long term on-hire casuals be provided with quasi-leave entitlements?
  • Should the industry just hold its ground?

Facilitated by CHARLES CAMERON

Panelists include:-
LINCOLN CRAWLEY APRCSA – RCSA President Australia and New Zealand
JANE BEAUMONT APRCSA – Rubicor Group Limited
BRIAN STYLES – Integrated Group Limited

1640 – 1725
Sponsored by RecruitmentSystems
1725 – 1745 Closing Remarks
1900 – 1930 Bus Transfer to Dinner Venue
1930 – 2330 Conference Mystery DinnerSponsored by RecruitmentSuper

Friday, 2 September

0800 – 0900 Registration Open
0900 – 0945 Achieving Success Through Innovation
AMANDA GOME - Sponsored by SEEK
0945 – 1045 Managed Services..Friend or Foe?  - Panel Session
In the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of managed service programs in the Australian and New Zealand markets with all the signs showing that this global trend in recruitment is set to continue.
So what does this mean for the recruitment market? Is it the end of the world as we know or a opportunity to be capitalised upon?
This facilitated panel discussion will bring together experts in the areas of temporary and permanent recruitment managed services programs including service providers, clients and technology providers. So is it just a fad or is there more to it? This session is aimed at giving delegates some insight it to the key market drivers, and understanding how it could be a blessing in disguise for many recruitment providers. You be the judge. Faciliated by STEVE SHEPHERD MRCSA (Life), Group Director – Randstad

Panelists include:-
JOHN RAWLINSON, CEO Talent2 International Limited
JOHN W. HEALY, Vice President – Enterprise Workforce Solutions
JAI SHEKHAWAT, Chief Executive Officer | CEO | Founder | VMS Industry Pioneer – Fieldglass Inc
1045 – 1110 Morning Tea – Sponsored by Oxford Funding
Outsourcing for Recruitment Agencies – The Strategic Benefit
Supplier Diversity has arrived in Australia. Is the Recruitment Industry Ready?
Keys to Engaging Innovative Leadership & Productivity
1205 – 1330 KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE LUNCH DISCUSSION – Sponsored by CareerOne
This session is a roundtable discussion providing the opportunity to engage in conversation with small groups of industry and related colleagues. Delegates will get their next great idea as they move from table to table, choosing from 4 categories across 20 discussion issues. These include:-
1. Sales and Business Development
2. Recruiting and Operations
3. Staff & Personal Development
4. Strategic Issues
1330 – 1415 Embrace Technology; Create an Environment of Urgency and Innovation
JORIS LUIJKE Global Director Human Resources / Talent – Atlassian
1415 – 1440 Afternoon Tea – Sponsored by Oxford Funding
1440 – 1525 Leading to Survive and Prosper in Fast Changing and Uncertain Times
STEVE VAMOS – Sponsored by RecruitmentSuper
1525 – 1610 Unleashing the Collaborative Potential of Your Workforce
Sponsored by OAMPS
1610 – 1630 Conference Close
1700 – 1730 Bus Transfers to Port Douglas
1730 – 1930 Sunset Cocktail Close Party - On the Inlet Restaurant – Sponsored by OAMPS