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 service providers and facilitators within the sector working together with employers 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

read moreConfirmed Keynotes 2016

  • Mr Charles Cameron, CEO, Recruitment & Consulting Services Association
  • 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

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 Manager 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, Program Researcher, 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