Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

Finding solutions

The 2016 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference is being held on 1- 2 December at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane.

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.

The conference aims to find solutions through asking questions: What are employers looking for when hiring the long term unemployed? What type of work does the employer have available and looking to fill? Are supply agencies meeting the criteria? Do they understand the market from the employer perspective? What are the issues confronting both market demand and job availability in relation to the long term unemployed?

Featured Speakers 2016

Charles-Cameron-RCSA Charles Cameron, CEO, Recruitment & Consulting Services Association
prashant Prashant Doshi, CEO, Exemplar Inc
martin Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment
ivanneville Ivan Neville, Branch Manager, Labour Market Reserach & Analysis Branch, Department of Employment
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

Conference Topics

Over 30 specialist sector speakers will present on a range of subjects including:

  1. Real solutions: programs and tools for organisations
  2. Behavioural aspects: relationship between mental health and the long term unemployed
  3. The marginalised unemployed: ATSI, LGBTI, rural and remote, people with disabilities, multicultural groups
  4. Issues affecting specific groups: young school leavers, mature age, untrained, over qualified university
  5. Future of Work: the changing face of work and the workplace
  6. Preparing people for work

Panel Discussion: The Employer Perspective

Moderated by the Conference Advisory Committee Chair Darren Coppin from Esher House, a highlight of the conference is a Panel with employer representatives discussing solutions to long term unemployment from a supply/employer perspective.

  • Paul Kahlert – General Manager, All Purpose Transport
  • Tim Shinnick – Regional Manager, Brisbane and Toowoomba, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Qld
  • Kevin Holzapfel – Director, pricewaterhousecoopers
  • Jane Oliver – Human Resources Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld)

Employment Awards

The Awards recognise individuals and organisations for their continuous work and commitment to finding solutions to long term unemployment and the long term unemployed. To be presented in the plenary session of the conference, the awards recognise:

  • Youth Employment Organisation of the Year
  •  Indigenous Employment Organisation of the Year
  • Disability Employment Organisation of the Year
  • Regional Employment Program of the Year
  • Employment Officer of the Year (Nominated by an Organisation)

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 – Strategy and Business Development for Artius
  • 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

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