National Employment Solutions Conference | The Changing Face of Work and the Workplace

The National Employment Solutions Conference will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and the impacts on sector professionals.  The program will examine challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that relate to innovative employment solutions in both job supply and demand.

The Conference will be held at Mantra Legends on the Gold Coast from Thursday the 16th to Friday the 17th of November 2017.  It will be a platform for policy makers, academics, employers, human resource managers, recruitment services, association and “not-for-profit” representatives.

This event has evolved from the Long-Term Unemployment Conference and has a wider subject focus.

The Committee wants to re-focus attention on creating Employment Solutions from a National prospective while covering a diverse range of topics including:

  • The changing face of work and the workplace
  • Innovative Employment Solutions: programs, tools, research, case studies
  • Recruitment, Training, Skills Shortage, Work Experience
  • Employment Opportunities for Rural and Regional Areas
  • Youth Employment: recruiting and barriers to employment
  • Indigenous and Multicultural Employment Opportunities
  • Disability Employment
  • Long-Term Unemployment
  • Return to Work for Parents, Unemployed, Mature Age and after injuries
  • Employment Policies and Practices: Development, Consultation, Representation, Implementation
  • Employee performance, engagement and retention
  • Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity
  • The e-Workplace: Use of Technology and Managing Social Media Risks
  • Mental Health and Well Being in the workplace
  • Job creation in the future and the ability of business to create more jobs

The Conference will motivate and inspire professionals with an extensive program of Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.

Delegates have access to the Presenter Podcasts and Book of Proceedings after the Conference included in registration.

An Initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. An incorporated non government, not for profit organisation.

Featured Speakers


  • Ms Diane van den Broek, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, Business School
  • Mr Steve Clark, Director, Management Consulting, KPMG
  • Mr Rick Kane, CEO, Disability Employment Australia
  • Ms Justine Irving, Researcher, Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia
  • Bronwyn Lee, Deputy CEO, Foundation for Young Australians
  • Dr Claire Naughtin, Research Scientist – Insight team,  Data 61, CSIRO
  • Mr Julian Szafraniec, Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning
  • Mr David Thompson AM,  CEO, Jobs Australia


  • Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Queensland Government

Program Advisory Committee

  • Dr Elizabeth Hemphill, Program Director, Bachelor of Business, School of Marketing, University of South Australia. Clinician, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych
  • Dr Bernie Bishop, Career Change & Career Counsellor, Career Change
  • Ms Penelope Twemlow, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Skills Queensland
  • Hayley Pena, Research Program Manager, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Book of Proceedings

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2017 Peer Reviewer

The Centre for Workplace Excellence
The Centre for Workplace Excellence enables organisations to achieve success through people and practices, as the global marketplace, technology, and the workforce continue to change. Our researchers bring a scientific approach to find cutting-edge solutions to workplace challenges in the areas of people management practices, diversity, employee well-being, organisational culture and change, teams, and leadership.

Selected Podcasts

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: March 2017
  • Abstracts close: Monday 31 July 2017
  • Notification to Presenters: Monday 14 August 2017
  • Presenter Acceptances Due: Monday 28 August 2017
  • Draft Program available: Thursday 31 August 2017
  • Presenter registration due: Friday 29 September 2017
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Monday 9 October 2017
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: Friday 6 October 2017
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review: Friday 3 November 2017
  • Academics
  • Apprenticeship Program Coordinators
  • Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Businesses: SMEs, Major Corporations, Business owners
  • Career Counsellors/Guidance Officers
  • Disability Employment Services
  • Educators
  • Employment Specialists, Career Coaches, Case Managers, Mentors and Consultants
  • Federal and State Government Representatives
  • Human Resources and Diversity Managers
  • Indigenous Employment Program Coordinators
  • Job Services Australia/ Jobactive Providers
  • Work Advocacy Groups
  • Migrants and Refugees Program Managers
  • Peek Industry Bodies
  • Policy Makers
  • Psychologists working with job seekers and Organisational Psychologists
  • Regional Employment representatives
  • Researchers
  • Return/Back to Work and Rehabilitation Counsellors
  • Service Delivery and Program Managers
  • Social Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility Managers
  • Social Inclusion Groups and Special Interest Groups
  • Training/Professional Development Organisations
  • Youth Employment Programs

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Mantra Legends Hotel

25 Laycock St, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

Mantra Legends Hotel is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the ultimate Gold Coast location. The hotel provides premium accommodation with 357 contemporary rooms and suites most with a private balcony and each offering cable TV, in-house movies and wireless internet connectivity.