Registration opens


Welcome and opening remarks from the chairperson

Stacey Ashley – Director, Ashley Consulting


PANEL: Need for speed: driving fast cultural change with HR tech

In the disruption era, business is changing by the minute. CEOs want information quickly and employees demand immediate feedback and an enhanced, customer-centric employee experience. Which new HR tools and platforms will help your team respond and adapt quickly to the changes in the business environment?

  • Simplifying processes to speed up your change journey
  • Real-time workforce analytics to empower your executive team to make quick decisions
  • Improving the mobility of your workforce using HR tech
  • Creating large-scale efficiencies to drive massive transformation
  • Enhancing collaboration between remote workers using HR tech


Daniel Fraser – Head of HR, Australia & NZ Midway Division, Merlin Entertainments plc

Francine Boyes – Global Organisational Development Director, Blackmores

Vernon Griffith – Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery, QBE Insurance Group Limited

Natalie Britt – Head of People, Broadcast Australia

Raelene Barry – Deputy General Manager – Executive Manager – Human Resources, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


Allyson Carlile – Head of People & Culture, MetLife

10:00 am

Case study: Leveraging technology for an amazing on-boarding experience

How are Australia’s most innovative employers using tech platforms to integrate new employees into their corporate cultures.

  • Creating and implementing an on-boarding strategy that supports your corporate culture
  • Driving on-boarding strategies and programming your HR tech solutions to implement these
  • Where is the wow factor? How to make your on-boarding process remarkable

Alex Diab – Director People & Property, NSW Business Chamber


Principal Partner session – Cornerstone

Details tbc


Morning Tea


Principal Partner session – ELMO Cloud HR and Payroll

Details tbc


CASE STUDY: Quest for the source of truth: people analytics uncovered

HR leaders today are drowning in data. The real challenge lies in collecting and analysing the data sets that provide the most relevant and meaningful insights to contribute to executive-level decision making.

  • Choosing the right tools to collect and analyse HR data from a large number of disparate platforms
  • Words or numbers? Qualitative versus quantitative data analysis
  • Developing the infrastructure, capabilities and processes to effectively manage data within HR teams
  • Gleaning powerful insights to support your CEO and executive team

Maria Voukenas – Head, Human Resources, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


CASE STUDY: AI and bots: automating HR without sacrificing your employee experience

Can robots really help you to source better candidates? Do tech platforms detract from an authentic and human recruitment experience? Can robots really provide your employees with great service? Hear directly from someone who has implemented AI and bots in her organisation, IKEA Australia.

  • Leveraging artificial intelligence for resume screening and onboarding without harming the candidate experience
  • Adding a human touch to automated HR platforms
  • Which types of tasks can chatbots and robots perform effectively?

D’Neale Prosser – National HR Manager – Talent, Leadership and Competence, IKEA Australia


Networking Lunch


PANEL: Your tech journey: questions to ask before purchasing HR tech

This panel will take you on a journey from identifying your strategic business objectives and goals, choosing the vendor that is right for your organisation and planning your deployment. In a candid discussion, panellists will share their successes and learning experiences in their recent purchase and deployment journeys.

  • Selecting the right technology for your organisation and people
  • Evaluating vendors and selecting the right mix of systems to create an exceptional employee experience
  • Build or buy: should you buy a system off-the-shelf or commission the HRIS of your dreams?
  • Evaluating pricing structures between different systems and approaches
  • The systems won’t talk: which integration challenges should you anticipate?


Jayne Sadeghi – Group Learning and Development Manager, Goodman Group

Rohan Dyster – General Manager, Transformation & Change, People & Performance, The Star Entertainment Group

Sarah Stone – Head of Learning & Capability, Foxtel

Stephen Troilo – Manager – People & Culture, Northrop Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd


Stacey Ashley – Director, Ashley Consulting


Principal Partner session – Synchrony Global

Details tbc


Afternoon tea 


CASE STUDY: I survived an HR tech rollout – here’s what I learned

HR technology is expensive. But a cleverly managed budget and effective planning will deliver your organisation massive return on investment. Bupa’s People Directors  will jointly share their  experience in managing a successful roll-out at Bupa.

  • Comparing prices and uncovering hidden costs in the tender process
  • Budgeting for your HR tech program from start to finish and avoiding unexpected costs
  • What should you consider when integrating new technology with legacy systems?
  • Driving cultural change: How to communicate effectively and engage the workforce to ensure employee adoption
  • Demonstrating your return on investment to the executive team

Vesna Garnett – People Director, Bupa Australia


Tech Den Pitch Competition

At the HR Tech Summit, five finalist start-ups will have three minutes to pitch and explain their solutions to a panel of judges and investors.

The winner will receive a $20k marketing campaign in HRD Magazine and HRD Online plus the opportunity to secure funding from one of the investors.

Entry is open to all individuals and new companies in Australia with HR tech solutions less than three years old. Submit your nomination now!

The Tech Den will showcase companies that:

  • Automate processes for HR professionals
  • Improve efficiencies for HR
  • Helps companies to recruit and manage their people


Expo passport prize draw: $2,000 Cash voucher giveaway.

Click here for the terms and conditions. Licence number: LTPS/19/34530