2015 National Local Government HR Conference program
2015 NATIONAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT HUMAN RESOURCES
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
25 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Together human resource practitioners and local government managers from across
Australia to hear and learn about a range of contemporary and future challenges that will
confront the sector.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
11.00AM REGISTRATION, TEA AND COFFEE, TRADE EXPO
12.00PM LUNCH AND TRADE EXPO
Sponsored by ELMO Talent Management Software
Cr Bill McArthur, President, Municipal Association of Victoria
HR – A RIGHTFUL PLACE AT THE TABLE - Andi Diamond
Dr Andi Diamond has served as Chief Executive of Monash Council, one of Victoria’s
most populous municipalities, for three years. In this role, she oversees a $160 million
budget and a workforce of 770 equivalent full time staff. Prior to this she was the CEO of
Yarra Council, and has also worked at Boroondara, Melton, and Monash councils.
In this session she will discuss how important it is for HR to be at the executive table.
She will argue that strategic planning and workforce planning are inextricably linked. She
is a strong believer that for any strategy to succeed, staffing and HR connections need to
be maintained and considered.
2.15PM AFTERNOON TEA AND TRADE EXPO
2.45PM WOMEN LEADERS ENABLING WOMEN LEADERS - Ricky Burges
Ricky Burges has been the CEO of the WA Local Government Association since 2000.
Her presentation will be an opportunity to talk about what gets in the way of women
pushing through the glass ceiling and how important empathy, emotional strength and
embracing vulnerability are to women’s success as leaders.
3.30PM BENCHMARKING FOR RESULTS - Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore founded Optimum Performance Human Resources Consultants in 1995.
Over the past two decades Stephen has built a diverse client base that today extends
across eight countries.
His presentation will cover:
Benchmarking for Results – Using integrated HR Metrics to demonstrate a
Examining the HR Metrics Effectiveness Model
Benchmarking the HR Business Contribution-Introducing Annual Workforce
Benchmarking HR Strategic Capability & Readiness – Creating Your Blue-Print
4.15PM EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AS A DRIVER OF ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE Sarah White
Sarah has worked for National Australia Bank for 25 years and has held her current role
of General Manager People, Personal Banking since September 2011. Sarah has broad
and deep experience in Human Resources as it applies in the financial services context.
Sarah’s presentation will highlight the link between employee engagement and
organisational performance, including:
Employee engagement as a competitive advantage for organisations
Identifying three key drivers of employee engagement
Highlighting the benefits of having an engaged workforce
5.00PM CONFERENCE CLOSE
6.30PM OPTIONAL DINNER
Sponsored by Sparke Helmore Lawyers
The Melbourne Star, Observation Wheel
Thursday, 12 November 2015
REGISTRATION, TEA AND COFFEE, TRADE EXPO
LEGAL & PRACTICAL ISSUES RELEVANT TO EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT Catherine Dunlop, Patner, Ross Jackson and Darren Gardner, Maddocks and Grevis
This interactive panel session will address many of the important legal and practical
issues that local government must address when investigating employee misconduct.
The panel will, from both the legal and the investigator’s perspective, discuss issues
with both internal and external investigations including planning, managing
expectations, delays, client legal privilege, confidentiality and assessing evidence and
credibility. The panel will also address managing absences from the office,
interpersonal disputes and discuss the role of employees, investigators, lawyers (if
relevant), HR, CEOs and Councillors. The panel will also provide practical guidance
for those attending on how to avoid and/or minimise problems, delays and cost blowout. This session will be invaluable in assisting HR practitioners as to what
arrangements councils should put in place to ensure that their employee misconduct
investigations are fair, expedient and efficient.
CURRENT INVESTMENT CLIMATE AND FUTURE TRENDS IN SUPERANNUATION Sean Ellis
With more than 20 years experience in the superannuation industry Sean is responsible
for the management and operation of the Strategy and Growth team at Vision Super, and
the development of strategies to increase and retain Vision Super’s membership numbers
and funds under management.
In this session Sean will discuss the questions raised by the Financial System Inquiry
Final Report, the tax white paper, retirement product innovation, disclosure requirements
and insurance claims, and what they mean for the future of super.
10.00AM MORNING TEA AND TRADE EXPO
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS STRATEGY: A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CASE STUDY:
FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL - Andrew McLeod and Charles McElroy
In this presentation Andrew McLeod and Charles McElroy will explore how to implement a
dynamic industrial relations strategy within a council’s integrated planning and reporting
Andrew has been at Fairfield City Council for seven years and is part of the Senior
Leadership Team. Andrew’s previous roles within council included Manager, Human
Resources & Customer Service and Manager, Information Technology.
Charles has been at LGNSW for five years where he is part of an industrial relations team
giving advice to member councils on industrial and employment matters. He represents
councils in courts and tribunals in disputes, unfair dismissals, unfair contracts and
recovery of entitlements.
PRIVACY IN THE WORKPLACE - Roland Hassall
Roland is a senior employment law partner who assists managers and executives
address employment issues across a wide risk spectrum. He advises all levels of
government and specialises in local government employment issues in NSW.
This presentation will deal with a number of key issues concerning the hot topic of privacy
in the workplace including:
What it a worker’s ‘right’ to privacy
An overview of State and Commonwealth Privacy legislation, including the
National Privacy Principles
Protected disclosures: what obligation is there to keep these private
The right to privacy in specific instances: workplace surveillance, GPS tracking
and computer use.
12.00PM LUNCH AND TRADE EXPO
Sponsored by ELMO Talent Management Software
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN WORKPLACES - Pino Migliorino
Pino founded and leads the Cultural Perspectives Group comprising Cultural
Perspectives, CIRCA Research and DiverseWerks in 1994. These companies are sector
leaders in researching, communicating and engaging with culturally and linguistically
diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.
His presentation will consider the range of human resource issues relevant to
understanding and being responsive to the local area needs of culturally and linguistically
diverse residents. The presentation will focus on the real challenges and the required
hard decisions around issues such as:
Staffing to reflect the local population
Council officer cultural competency
1.45PM BUILDING AN ETHICAL CULTURE – THE ROLE OF HR PRACTITIONERS - Pauline
Professor Pauline Stanton, School of Management Head at RMIT, is currently Chief
Investigator of an ARC Linkage Grant exploring the impact of business process
methodologies on employees in healthcare. She has also carried out successful research
and training consultancies in a range of industries including, healthcare, Defence, local
government, the arts and manufacturing. Her work on high performance work systems,
performance appraisal, employee voice and strategic HRM has been published in a range
of media world-wide. Pauline will discuss the role of human resources practitioners play in
developing, and the challenges faced in maintaining an ethical organisational culture. She
will argue that while leadership comes from the top it needs to be enacted at all levels of
an organisation and line managers and supervisors all have a role to play in promoting
This keynote will discuss the role of human resources practitioners play in developing,
and the challenges faced in maintaining an ethical organisational culture. Professor
Stanton will argue that while leadership comes from the top it needs to be enacted at all
levels of an organisation and line managers and supervisors all have a role to play in
promoting good behaviours.
2.30PM NATIONAL DISASTERS – CAN YOU EVER BE TOO READY OR CAN YOU EVER BE
REALLY READY? - Michael Dickinson
Michael Dickinson is the Principal Advisor, Disaster Management at the Local
Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
Michael will discuss the issue of natural disasters and council workforce. Reflecting on
recent Queensland experiences, he will discuss how the various council’s workforce
responded to the disasters including their preparedness, responses and the lingering
after-effects of disasters.
3.00PM AFTERNOON TEA AND TRADE EXPO
3.30PM AGEING WORKFORCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – GOOD OR BAD - Tony Goode
Tony Goode is the Workforce Strategy Executive at LGAQ. With a career heavily involved
in HR and IR across a number of state government entities and more recently in local
government, Tony provides a wealth of knowledge in these areas to LGAQ.
This presentation will provide a detailed insight into the age profile of employees in local
government and explore the good and bad features of what this means for the sector in
the next 10 years. It will examine specific workforce data on each State/Northern Territory
and explore the difficulties and challenges to redress age-related concerns.
EXHIBITOR PRIZE DRAWS
Co-host, Ben Price, Comedy Impersonator
Friday, 13 November 2015
TEA AND COFFEE
WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS – TOP 5 KEYS TO SUCCESS - Grevis Beard
Grevis Beard has been a co-director of Worklogic for eight years. Worklogic is a
consultancy which assists employers to minimise and manage workplace behaviour risk
across Australia and beyond.
In this engaging presentation Grevis Beard will draw on the collective experience of
Worklogic’s extensive investigation experience over more than eight years, as well as
relevant case law to explore what are the top five ‘must do’s’:
Triage first, then act: ‘Why is this investigation necessary?’
Clearly and accurately identify what to investigate
Identify who will investigate
Deal appropriately with ‘scope creep’
Conduct the investigation in a fair and reliable way.
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT & CULTURE - Helen Rees
Helen is a consultant, coach, educator and business woman. With a background in
human and organizational development, a passion for learning and a commitment to
change she established Frameworks for Change in 2003 and has been working
intensively with managers and leaders across the public, private and not for profit
sectors ever since.
This presentation will look at ‘it’s that time of the year and other culture killers’ with a
focus on how the management of people and performance can be used to build a high
performance culture (but let’s not kid ourselves that filling out that form is the way to go),
and how HR can consider different approaches to support managers in this role.
INSPIRING A LEADERSHIP CULTURE IN THE WORKPLACE - Natalie Ashdown
Natalie Ashdown founded The Open Door Coaching Group in 2003 and has emerged
as one of Australia’s engaging thought leaders and speakers on the topic of creating
inspirational workplace culture. In 2011 she launched her first book ‘Bring Out Their
Best – Inspiring a Coaching Culture in Your Workplace’.
Natalie will share stories, case studies and practical tools that you can take back into the
workplace and start to implement. In her entertaining yet practical way, she will help us
get ready for ‘what happens when we get back to work’.
How do you create a workplace where people want to come to work? Where taking
responsibility and being accountable is normal? A workplace that we are all proud of;
and how do we inspire a culture of leadership that we are all part of?
WRAP UP & CLOSE
Note: Program subject to change.
To register: For online registration and conference details go to www.mav.asn.au/events
(click on ‘upcoming events’ and scroll down to November 2015).
Queries: [email protected]
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street (03) 9653 0000
Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street (03) 9662 0511
Mercure Hotel, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne. Toll Free: 1800 813 442.
Council or State Government, Conference & dinner: $1,290.00 (inc GST)
Council or State Government, Conference only: $1,090.00 (inc GST)
Corporate (Private Sector), Conference & dinner: $2,530.00 (inc GST)
Corporate (Private Sector), Conference only: $2,330.00 (inc GST)
No single day registrations are available.
Welcome Dinner $95 (inc GST)
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Wednesday 11 November 2015