Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference


The theme of the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference in 2016 is Finding Solutions.  This year’s conference focuses on industry working together with employment agencies to create positive outcomes for Australia’s long-term unemployed.

What are employers looking for when hiring a long-term unemployed worker?  Is that criterion being met by supplying agencies?  How do the two come together?

This year’s conference addresses these questions and focuses on what has worked; how the process can be improved; what resources are available; are those resources accessible; and the corporate social responsibility of business.

Combining practical examples, theory, research and best practice this conference elevates the dialogue to include businesses, not-for-profits, Government agencies, human resource professionals, social security services and industrial relations advocates.

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 at the Mercure Brisbane.

Conference Topics

  1. Job availability: engagement with employers
  2. Employment Best Practice: case studies from Australia and Overseas
  3. Industry expectations and requirements
  4. The lived experience and support: housing, Centrelink, training
  5. The marginalised unemployed: ATSI, LGBTI, rural and remote, people with disabilities, multicultural groups
  6. Issues affecting specific groups: young school leavers, mature age, untrained, over qualified university
  7. Future of Work: the changing face of work and the workplace
  8. Understanding occupation
  9. Preparing people for work
  10. Early intervention
  11. Real solutions: programs and tools for organisations
  12. Behavioural aspects: relationship between mental health and the long term unemployed

Confirmed Keynotes 2016

  • Prashant Doshi, CEO, Exemplar Inc
  • Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent (change and innovation)
  • Peter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Business Australia
  • Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Invited Keynotes 2016

  • Trevor Evans, CEO, National Retail Association
  • Professor Matthew Gray, Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Why You Should Attend

The program is designed to allow for maximum participation with a focus on outcomes; takeaways; application of theory; and knowledge enhancement.

Program Highlights

The program will include;

  • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
  • Concurrent sessions
  • The Employment Awards evening
  • Trade exhibition
  • Poster presentations
  • Round-Table Discussion
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference

Who Should Attend

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference is open to:

  • Academics
  • Apprenticeship Program Coordinators
  • Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Big Business
  • Business owners
  • Career 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 Programs
  • Industry
  • Job Services Australia
  • Local Employment Coordinators
  • Migrants and Refugees Programs
  • Policy and Research Managers
  • 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
  • Work Advocacy Groups
  • Youth Employment Programs

2016 Conference Advisory Committee

  • Mr Darren Coppin, Chief Executive, Esher House, Conference Chair
  • Ms Katrina Currie, General Manger Work & Learning, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Mr Chris Dale, General Manager, Apprenticeships and Employment, Busy At Work
  • Mr John Perry, Director, Perry Group
  • Ms Sue Trewin, Board Member, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Key Dates

  • Abstracts open: Tuesday 31 May 2016
  • Abstracts close: Thursday 18 August 2016
  • Notification to Authors: Thursday 25 August 2016
  • Author Acceptances: Wednesday 7 September 2016
  • Draft Program available: Monday 12 September 2016
  • Presenter registration due: Friday 30 September 2016
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Thursday 24 November 2016
  • Early Bird Registrations Close:  Thursday 20 October 2016