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2015 National local government human resources conference

Lead change and foster high performance cultures

2015 National Local Government Human Resources Conference, 11-13 November, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

​This biennial conference brought together human resource practitioners and local government management from across Australia to hear and learn about a range of contemporary and future challenges that confront the sector.

Key topics of the program included:

  • the art and science of leading change
  • enabling women leaders
  • social outcomes
  • driving high performance
  • technology and the modern workplace
  • cultural diversity in the workplace
  • conflict resolution
  • inspiring a leadership culture.

This conference was aimed at directors, managers and officers involved with human resources, workforce, people, culture, leadership, training, learning, development, risk, performance, productivity, administration and payroll; as well as sector HR professionals.

Presentations from the conference are available below:

When: Wednesday 11 November 2015 11:00AM - Friday 13 November 2015 12:00PM
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
When: Wednesday 11 November 2015 11:00AM - Friday 13 November 2015 12:00PM
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
When: Wednesday 11 November 2015 11:00AM - Friday 13 November 2015 12:00PM
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
When: Wednesday 11 November 2015 11:00AM - Friday 13 November 2015 12:00PM
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
When: Wednesday 11 November 2015 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Where: The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Ozmosis Harbour Town, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands, 3008, Australia

Program details

Day One - Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time​ ​Session

11.00am

Registration, Tea and Coffee, Trade Expo

12.00pm

Lunch and Trade Expo
Sponsored by ELMO Talent Management Software

1.00pm

Welcome
Cr Bill McArthur, President, Municipal Association of Victoria.

1.30pm

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 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 valued-added contribution
  • Examining the HR Metrics Effectiveness Model
  • Benchmarking the HR Business Contribution-Introducing Annual Workforce Scorecards
  • Benchmarking HR Strategic Capability & Readiness – Creating Your Blue-Print for Transformation.

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

Day Two - Thursday 12 November 2015
Time​ ​Session

8.10am

Registration, Tea and Coffee, Trade Expo

8.30am

Legal & Practical Issues Relevant to Employee Misconduct - Catherine Dunlop, Patner, Ross Jackson and Darren Gardner, Maddocks and Grevis Beard, Worklogic
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 blow-out.

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.

9.30am

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

10.30am

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 framework.

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.

11.15am

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 is 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

1.00pm

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:

  • Diversity leadership
  • Diversity management
  • Staffing to reflect the local population
  • Council officer cultural competency.

1.45pm

Building an Ethical Culture – The Role of HR Practitioners - Pauline Stanton
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 good behaviours.

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 vouncil 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.

4.30pm

Exhibitor Prize Draws

4.45pm

Conference Close

6.00pm

Dinner
Co-host, Ben Price, Comedy Impersonator

Day Three - Friday 13 November 2015
Time​ ​Session

8.30am

Tea and Coffee

9.00am

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.

9.45am

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.

10.30am

Morning Tea

11.00am

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?

11.45am

Wrap Up & Close

Note: Program subject to change.

Contact us
Events team
events@mav.asn.au
03 9667 5555
 

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