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ClubsACT industry employment micro-conference

Please find attached an invitation to ClubsACT industry employment micro-conference for 2022.

Sponsored by the ClubsACT People and Culture sub-committee, this event is an employment and training focused mini conference with an array of presenters spanning the spectrum of our relationships in the People and Culture area.

This event is an exciting opportunity to delve into the range of employment, training and industrial relations issues currently surrounding our industry and serves as the public launch our relationship with MV Law and their employment services for members.

After initial presentations, a panel discussion with a Q&A will occur providing attendees a chance to participate directly.

This event is free for partners and members; non-members will be charged $55 per person and are welcome to attend. RSVP’s should be sent to by C.O.B Friday 29 July


Craig Shannon


Clubs Australia Industrial Workplace Relations and Human Resources Conference

There is no doubt that nation-wide, as an industry, we have faced immense upheaval over the past two years. Lockdowns across the country to stop the spread of COVID-19, floods in Queensland and northern New South Wales, bushfires across Western Australia and New South Wales, and a whole new Federal Government sitting in Canberra. Now the time has come to celebrate the resilience and ingenuity clubs, leaders, and employees showed to get us through, and look forward to how we apply these skills to grow in the future.

The Clubs Australia Industrial Workplace Relations and Human Resources Conference is back this year at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, bigger and better than ever! Featuring a stellar line up of speakers over 8 and 9 August, it is the educational and networking event not to miss.

The Conference covers three themes: winning through your people, keeping your people safe, supporting your people through change.

  1. Winning through your people

Right off the bat, the Conference dives into one of the hottest topics of the year – recruitment. In a candidate’s market, how do we attract and keep great talent? To deliver great customer and community experiences, it’s vital that you have the right people, working in the right roles, feeling connected. Employer Branding Australia CEO, Mark Puncher, will show attendees how you can truly win through your people.

Keynoteworthy founder, Cathy Ngo, who will look at how we accelerate inclusion and belonging initiatives for deep cultural change and make a real difference in shifting opportunities for diverse talents. Cathy is not afraid to ask the difficult questions and will encourage attendees to be more curious and have meaningful and inclusive conversations.

A major barrier to success through your people is communication – how can we have high performing teams and engaged superstars, when our messages are not hitting the mark? Simon Ingleson, CEO of RosterElf will take us through the tips and traps of communicating across generational divides, and how technology is leading the change in this space.

  1. Keeping your people safe

As Abraham Maslow might say, without safety there is no chance of winning through your people.

One of the biggest risks in the workplace, and the costliest to manage when they go wrong, are psychosocial risks. In a dynamic session with psychiatrist Dr Stephen Freiberg and CAI Executive Director, Joanne Ede, we will learn from real life case studies (with names changed to protect the innocent) about how to spot mental health risks before they become workplace injuries and how to handle them with sensitivity if they do.

Risks to the safety of your people can also come in other forms. How do you future-proof your club against these risks and mitigate their impact? Kym Reilly, Partner at PKF, will give attendees the tools to effectively manage risk, workplace compliance and culture for future viability.

  1. Supporting your people through change

Whether it be introducing new technology into the club, amalgamations and restructures, new safety procedures, or a complete shutdown of operations, employees bear the brunt of change. Ensuring they are supported through change will ensure employees stay connected and productive, and that a positive culture is kept alive.

Attendees will have the fortune of learning from leading HR professionals Michele Glover (Group Executive, People and Culture at AustralianSuper) and Maree Slater (Director, People and Performance at NSW Health Infrastructure) whose careers have collectively spanned industries and decades. Michele’s session will take us through keeping culture alive through amalgamations and the importance of celebrating history, while Maree will discuss HR’s role in leading fundamental change initiatives to unleash employee potential.

Finally, Dr Judi Single, Responsible Gambling Services Manager at ClubsNSW, will lead an intimate panel discussion with club representatives on the ways employees were supported throughout these times of crisis, and how we can weave these lessons into our people strategies in the future.

The Conference also features practical workshops covering workers compensation, sexual harassment, and building influence skills, and a networking event on Monday night where you can connect with your peers over a canape and drink.

Register now to secure your early bird discount at The Conference is proudly brought to you by AustralianSuper.


ClubsACT and Ginninderry SPARK Program

ClubsACT is proud to announce a new innovative accredited training program with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and SPARK focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the licensed club industry

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