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2018 RCSA Conference - The Art Of Work

In Noosa in 2018, at the RCSA annual conference, we’ll explore the link between Art and Work and look towards the future. We’ll explore the Art of Work with the help of experts like Andrew Banks and Greg Savage who will share their success secrets with you. We’ll have some inspiration from outside the industry too… sporting greats and musicians to inspire us inside and outside the conference room. We’ll then put all this inspiration in context of our changing world, exploring critical trends that will impact your business in the future.

Filling a role is like starting a great work with a blank canvas. When commissioning such a piece you may ask; “What style of painting?”, “What size?” and “How much should I charge?” So many possibilities… In recruitment it is exactly the same, with slightly different questions, “What role?”, “What salary?”, “Location?” With the right information, you can create a masterpiece every time. Art and recruitment may seem worlds apart, but when you take away the suit or the paint-splashed overalls, as long as you have a keen eye for detail, ask all the right questions and listen you’ll find they are very similar.

Join us in Noosa this year, September 5-7, 2018. Together we can paint a brighter future.


Event Sponsors

RCSA Principal Partner 

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Why Attend

Here is what our industry leaders had to say about our 2017 conference:

“The feedback on the conference has been the best I have ever experienced.”

“It was the best RCSA Conference I have attended”

“The RCSA team are very good at all they do. The team seemed to really care about everything and all were very impressive”

New members said:

“This was our first RCSA conference and we were welcomed warmly. We were made to feel like we were valued members of the RCSA community and our first-day nerves didn't last long. The sessions that we attended were informative and engaging and we have come away from the conference with a renewed energy and have already started implementing some new systems in our business. In addition to having fabulous content, the conference was beautifully catered and the social functions were fantastic! It was a great opportunity to meet with our industry peers and network”

“I had the best time. Thanks for organising such a seamless conference. I came home loaded with take aways (#ideas), an expanded network and most importantly fun memories. See you next year”

And a word from our sponsors:

“Had a great time thanks. Great people. Great event. Really well organised and I will ensure our marketing department know it's worthwhile from our aspect.” “This conference has re-engaged me”

An RCSA Conference in Numbers

300 delegates from the recruitment industry and it's service providers in Australia and New Zealand attend the RCSA Conference each year. 85% of recruiters at the conference are business owners, directors, or managers.
With a vast array of keynote presentations and concurrent sessions, the conference offers a total of 18 hours of Learning, Ideas, and Inspiration
With 3 Conference events, 2 Networking Lunches, and 1 Engagement activity in addition to countless other networking opportunities, the conference offers the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with the who's who of the recruitment industry.

27 Degrees
is the average temperature in Noosa for September.




Andrew Banks

Andrew Banks is one of Australia's most respected business leaders in the global human resources and recruitment industry. A former thespian, Andrew established two of the world’s largest recruitment companies. He knows what it takes to build a business empire from scratch. Andrew co-founded Morgan & Banks with Geoff Morgan in 1985 and by 1995 it went public with revenue of $800 million. In 2004, Banks launched Talent2 International specialising in HR Outsourcing and executive search. The entrepreneur and investor now resides back in Australia but still spends a few months in the US and his focus is on general investing, working in film and television production – Andrew is one of five ‘sharks’ on Network Ten’s show Shark Tank - and he is also a shareholder/advisor in other diverse businesses. A born risk taker, Andrew is passionate about the need for entrepreneurial spirit to be nurtured - he knows first-hand the willingness of people to take risks and grow wealth and creativity in a society.

Barry Asin

A leading authority on workforce solutions worldwide, Barry Asin is renowned for his expertise on staffing and contingent labor. President of Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) since 2010, Asin holds overall responsibility for the company’s strategy, operations and growth on a global basis. He has been with the company since 2003, where he previously held the position of Chief Analyst, leading the team responsible for SIA’s award-winning research and content.

Asin is the co-author of Breaking Through: Leadership Disciplines from Top Performing Staffing Firms and is a frequent speaker at industry events, sharing essential insights on leadership and the challenges, opportunities and rapid transformations around work today. He is quoted in major business and industry publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Business, CNBC, Marketplace, USA Today and MarketWatch among others.

Prior to joining SIA, Asin spent nearly 12 years as a senior executive at global staffing leader Adecco SA. Before Adecco, he held operations management positions with PepsiCo, and he began his professional career with Andersen Consulting, the predecessor of Accenture. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in engineering from Princeton University.

Clare McCartin

Clare is National Group Manager at Davidson where she oversees the QLD, NSW & VIC Executive and Boards teams. Having recently been awarded the Seek Recruitment Consultant of the Year for 2016, she us also an active corporate member of IPAA where she sits on their people & culture committee, she actively involved with LG Pro, MAV, AWA, LASA, IPWEA and Procurement Australia. Clare regularly publishes thought leadership articles in her industry publications and has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource and holds a Masters of Commerce, majoring in HR and Employee Relations.

David Chalke

David is Australia’s leading Social Analyst. He specialises in measuring the effects of cultural change on Australians’ attitudes and behaviours, and advising on the impact of these on the formulation of effective business strategy and public policy. Using data from AustraliaSCAN, the longest running continuous monitor of Australians’ social values, David provides a thoughtful and sometimes challenging understanding of how and why our society is shifting and where it is heading. A science graduate; David’s early career was in Europe with trans-national organisations such as Nestle, Cadbury Schweppes & Wilkinson Sword. On coming to Australia he held the position of Director of Strategy Planning with McCann-Erickson and then a similar post with Y&R Mattingly, until founding the independent consultancy, The Strategy Planning Group in 1990. David’s engaging, insightful and “Real World” view of the mood of Australians has made him a very popular speaker, a regularly quoted social commentator and an occasional writer and broadcaster. David will reflect on critical trends for the recruitment industry for Australia and New Zealand in his keynote presentation.

Erin Devlin

Erin, RCSA Professional Recruiter of the Year 2017, is the Managing Director of people2people Recruitment Victoria and CEO of Infront Sports Consulting. She has successfully grown the people2people Victorian team since its merger with Devlin Alliance back in 2015, achieving excellent year on year revenue and GP growth. She holds a Graduate Certificate of Business (Deans Honours List), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is now Vice President of the RCSA VIC/TAS Council. She has also managed to dial up the pace that little bit more, becoming the proud mother of twin boys in March this year. Erin is a mentor to emerging female leaders in the recruitment industry. In addition to being a leader in the recruitment field over the past ten years, Erin has previously been a professional ballerina with the Australian Ballet. She has worked with hundreds of pro athletes and coaches and is a highly engaging speaker. She will show you how you can apply this ‘peak performance’ mindset in recruitment, and how you can identify and foster it in others.

Greg Savage

Greg is a leader of the global recruitment industry, with a career spanning thirty-five years, and is a regular keynote speaker at staffing conferences around the world. Greg started Recruitment Solutions in 1987 and grew the business to 250 staff and an eventual $60 IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange. He went on to be International CEO of Aquent for 8 years, running 35 offices in 17 countries. In 2010, he founded Firebrand Talent Search and quickly created a global brand for this specialist digital and marketing recruiter, and successfully sold the business, in 7 countries, in January 2013. Greg now provides board advisory, consulting and keynote speaking services to organisations across the world, focusing on growth, expansion and profitability. An early adopter of social media for recruiting, Greg’s industry blog - The Savage Truth - is a must-read for recruiters, while his Twitter feed similarly attracts thousands of followers from around the world. Greg will present an exclusive keynote for us in 2018 - 'Failing my way to success’ - Lessons from a life time of recruitment mistakes.

Jason Fox

Dr Jason Fox is an entertaining speaker who shows forward-thinking leaders how to influence work culture, drive progress and build for the future of work. Jason's work involves unpacking the latest trends and developments in work culture and gamification - removing the hype and adding the science to make work, work. He is the bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest: a handbook for pioneering executives, and in 2016 was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year. Jason will present a keynote in Noosa in 2018 called ‘Change the Game’. Learn how to influence the culture of your team and the enterprise, ensuring that it is fit for the future of work. Discover: Why all enterprise cultures must become more networked and responsive if they’re to survive the future—and how you can make this happen. Jason will teach you how to use motivation design to establish the right structures, rituals and artefacts to shift behaviour and shape culture.

John Healy

John Healy is vice president and managing director of Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group for Kelly Services, a global leader in workforce solutions. A respected industry thought leader and frequent presenter on topics ranging from workforce strategy, workforce analytics, supply chain and supplier effectiveness, and HR technology to organizations such as the World Employment Conference, The OECD, The Institute for the Future, Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), and the Human Capital Leadership Institute. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the World Employment Confederation serving as the Chairman of the Corporate Member Committee, he is a member of The Conference Board’s Talent Management Advisory Board, HfS’s Future of Operations in the Robotics Age (FORA) Council, and the Duke University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). We are delighted to have John with us in Noosa in 2018 where he will present on ‘The Art of Staying Ahead’, showcasing critical industry key trends and how you can take advantage of them for your business.

Keith Badger

Keith Badger is a company director, philanthropist, mentor, writer, speaker, and a year-round ocean swimmer. Born and raised in a working class family on South London council estates, he spent 25 years as Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer for global organisations, travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.. As a founding director of The Rescope Project, he now works closely with various organisations and individuals to shape a more sustainable world. He will discuss his new book “Joining Loose Ends’ a story not just of a walk, but of his history and family, loves and feelings. Keith will talk about how he walked out of a corporate career to find a life of purpose and what is possible when you walk a road less travelled.

Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003), Layne then went onto win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. As part of 2015 Australia Day honours list, Layne was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organizations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer. Layne Beachley’s keynote will take you on a journey through a challenging up bringing including two bouts of chronic fatigue, depression and many injuries to becoming the best in the world, and indeed, a seven times world surfing champion. She had the motivation to be a world champion, the inspiration to surround herself with the people who can assist her and the determination to overcome a myriad of challenges. Her exploits are astounding, her attitude unwavering and her achievements inspirational. Layne certainly dared to dream and passionately believes that anything is possible.

Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski has been famous for making Australia laugh for over three decades, but more recently she was named the “Most Talked about Person of 2017” following what many have called her ‘crucial role’ in the complex and difficult 2017 Same-Sex Marriage Survey. Sydney Morning Herald: “When describing her efforts, other equality advocates use terms such as ‘invaluable’ and ‘devastatingly effective’. But popularity alone does not change hearts or minds. What made a difference, they believe, is the way Szubanski campaigned.” She advocated tirelessly, making the case for equality with reason and dignity –her most notable appearances included a pivotal debate on the ABC’s Q&A, interviews on A Current Affair and an address she gave at the National Press Club, 'What it feels like to be an unwilling human guinea pig in a political experiment'. In 2012, Magda came out live on national TV and has been an active and high-profile campaigner for LGBTI+ rights ever since. She is patron of Twenty10, an ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation and also volunteered for the Orlando Victims’ Fundraiser concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. She has spoken at numerous Marriage Equality fundraisers. Vogue Australia included her in their list of 2018 “Game Changers” for her work on the Marriage Equality campaign. Magda completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in Philosophy and Fine Arts. More recently she has become a best-selling, award-winning author, following the release of her internationally acclaimed memoir Reckoning. Released late 2015, Reckoning won a slew of literary awards including winner of the 2016 ABIA Book of the Year, Biography of the Year, Booksellers Choice Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Indie Award for Non-Fiction; Winner Victorian Community History Award and was shortlisted for several more awards including the National Biography Award.

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa heads up the Academy at Harcourts International, following a successful 14-year career at Flight Centre Travel Group. She initially held senior finance roles before moving into the learning and development sphere where she gained global experience in enriching people, enhancing their performance and converting their potential. In 2015, she founded GoldMind, a consulting company that specialised in helping organisations develop employee engagement Melissa is a qualified CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Neuroleadership. Melissa will present on ‘Leading with the brain in mind’ showing you how to lead much more effectively and with greater impact with an understanding of neuroscience.

Mykel Dixon

Mykel Dixon is a jazz musician by trade who helps people and organisations discover their creative confidence. In this thought-provoking keynote you will learn how to stay relevant in a world where money follows meaning, thinking needs feeling and the maker matters just as much as what is being made. Mykel will demonstrate how to develop a disruptive mindset, an attitude of artistry, how to manage multiple contexts, build creative confidence and how to move from engagement to enchantment. Mykel will present with with a live band on stage including renowned guitarist Phil Cebrano.

Shannon McNeill

Shannon is a qualified nurse and with an advanced diploma in naturopathy, herbal medicine and nutrition, she understands health and well-being with a comprehensive, unique and grounded approach. You will take away practical, inspiring, tools and tips to improve employee engagement, effectiveness and energy. This in turn improves workplace productivity, job satisfaction, reduced sick leave, thought clarity and the capacity to manage stressful events. Learning outcomes include: looking at the relationship between health and the workplace, understanding the major body systems – adrenal system and the stress response, exploring the importance of sleep quality, exploring how to nourish well to boost energy and resilience and strategies for optimal health – mindfulness and learning how to rest.

Andrew Klein - MC

Andrew is a former corporate lawyer and has brought his casual, engaging MC style to countless RCSA conferences and events. He well known amongst our members for his quick wit, his lively conference openings and creating a fun, engaging conference feel. He has appeared on Kochie’s Business Builders, Switzer on Sky Business and in an old episode of Today Tonight in a feature on “Sydney’s Worst Neighbours” (Andrew swears it was all a big misunderstanding). Apart from RCSA, his clients include BT, ANZ, QBE, Westpac, Elders, KPMG, Dymocks, Aon, McDonalds, NSW Health, MLC, Hesta, Auto One….and his mother-in-law’s bridge club. Andrew’s hobbies include coaching basketball, shaving his head, eating haloumi cheese, watching ‘Survivor’, walking his dog Pebbles and trying to convince his wife and 3 kids that he has a real job. We warmly welcome Andrew back to be our master of ceremonies for our conference and social functions in The Art of Work – Creative ideas for a brighter future in Noosa for 2018.

More speakers will be joining us in the Sunshine Coast - be sure to keep your eyes peeled over the coming months.

Conference Social Functions

Social functions will again be a highlight and will include a taste of the famous Eumundi Markets coming to Hastings Street and a boat trip down Noosa River for a gala evening




Delegates will enjoy an exhibtion area in a wonderful, modern space which in keeping with our Art of Work theme, will be known as the Exhibitor Gallery. 

The Gallery will launch later this year and delegates will be able to book in a private consultation time with any exhibitors they would like 1:1 time with.

Interested in exhibiting?

To find out more please contact Wil Wodrow wwodrow@rcsa.com.au or Bridgette Sinclair bsinclair@rcsa.com.au 





RCSA Principal Partner

Interested in Sponsoring?

Whether you are seeking alignment with the overall event, social functions, in event content, an exhibition or something bespoke we can tailor a sponsor prospectus to your requirements please contact Wil Wodrow wwodrow@rcsa.com.au or Bridgette Sinclair bsinclair@rcsa.com.au 





Book your tickets today and save

Conference Price

Member Prices

Early Bird Price
$2199.00 + GST
Ends 30 June

Regular Price
$2399.00 + GST

Non-Member Prices

Early Bird Price 
$2599.00 + GST
Ends 30 June

Regular Price
$2999.00 + GST

Non-Recruitment Agency Price

$3800.00 + GST
Please note: Online bookings for non-agency delegates are not available - please click here to contact Wil Wodrow, RCSA Partnerships Co-ordinator to book tickets. 

Cancellations must be made in writing to the RCSA 2018 Conference Secretariat at rcsa@theassociationspecialists.com.au.
By 15 June 2018 – full registration fees will be refunded
Between 16 June 2018 to 29 July 2018 – 50% cancellation fee will apply to registration fees paid
After 29 July 2018 – no refund on monies paid
However, you may transfer your registration to another person, at no additional cost, if you are unable to attend.

Social Function Tickets

Admission to all conference social functions are included with your ticket. Tickets for partners to attend these events can be purchased at the below rates:

Welcome Reception:
Gala Dinner: $175
Farewell Function: $110

Group Specials

Book 5 or more attendees and receive 5% off your conference booking.
Book 10 or more attendees and receive 10% off your conference booking.

Program Duration

Day One
Registration opens: 2pm, Wednesday 5 September
Optional surfing lesson: 2pm
Program commences: 4:30pm
Welcome drinks: 6:30pm

Day Two
Program commences: 9am
Program concludes: 5:30pm
Evening Gala: 7pm - Late

Day Three
Program commences: 9:15am
Program concludes: 5:00pm
Farewell Drinks: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Noosa, Sunshine Coast https://www.peppers.com.au/noosa/
Contact: rcsa@theassociationspecialists.com.au


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