08:15 - 08:45

Registration and Breakfast on Arrival

08:45 - 08:50
Brian Klindworth

Forum Opening and Introduction

Brian Klindworth, Strategic Relationship Manager, RiseSmart Australia

08:50 - 09:30
Alex Hagan

Opening Keynote Presentation

Alex Hagan, Founder and CEO, Kienco and Futurist and Workforce Strategy Expert.

Alex will explore a range of trends changing work and industry as we know it, including disintermediation and the shrinking of international borders in the context of digital disruption – and the opportunities and challenges this provides to the mobility market.

09:30 - 10:10
Brynne Kennedy, Annabelle Kirwan, Mandy Mirghashini

Main Conference Panel Session - HR Transformation

96% of companies are planning organisation redesign, yet only 18% consider themselves “change agile” (Mercer 2018 Global Talent Trends Report).
A panel of business leaders will share their experience and impart insights to help you plan ahead, and ensure Global Mobility is aligned to your organisation’s talent and business strategies.

Brynne KennedyCEO and Founder, Topia
Annabelle KirwanManager People and Organisation Development, Victoria SES
Mandy MirghashiniHead of Learning an Organisational Development, Shell
Deborah De CerffManaging Director, DBS International

10:10 - 10:50
Steven Asnicar, Hedy Cray, Ben Travers, Jennifer Sinclair

Main Conference Panel Session - The Need for Gender Diversity

The business case to advance meaningful change in the expatriate workforce globally
Key priorities to increase the ratio of women in international assignments
Tips and strategies to facilitate the increased participation of women in the globally mobile workforce.

Hedy CrayPartner, Clayton Utz
Steven Asnicar – Director, Diversity Australia
Ben TraversNational Leader, People Services, KPMG
Dr Jennifer SinclairDiversity & Inclusion Manager, Victoria University


Networking Exhibition Break & Refreshments


11:15 - 11:45
Assembly III & IV

“Global Mobility and the Agile Organisation” presented by Topia

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11:50 - 12:20
Assembly III & IV

“Women in Mobility: Weaving New Patterns in the Global Workforce Tapestry” presented by Grace

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12:25 - 12:55
Assembly III & IV

“Discuss & benchmark skills and compensation for Mobility professionals” presented by Talent Mobility Search

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11:15 - 11:45
Quest & Toll
Assembly I & II

“Collaboration with Service Providers for Success in Relocation Management” presented by Quest & Toll.

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11.50 - 12:20
Assembly I & II

“Supporting Early Career International Opportunities” presented by Crown.

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12:25 - 12:55
Assembly I & II

“Immigration trends in Australia and across the region” presented by EY

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12:55 - 13:40

Networking Lunch

13:40 - 15:20
Assembly I & II

Corporate Roundtables

"How best to validate local salary offers for expatriates and international hires." by ECA International

Facilitators: Anna Michielsen (ECA) with Tanya Buium, Reward and Recognition Leader, Lion

Session objective:  Discuss & evaluate methods to successfully validate local salary offers. 

  • Why organisations make ‘local’ salary offers to expatriates and international hires
  • Objectives of a ‘local’ salary offer policy
  • Types of ‘local’ salary offers
  • Validation approaches and measures
  • Trends
“Redefining Global Mobility – Future Trends in Talent and Jobs and their implications for Global Mobility: Addressing New Dilemmas” by Mercer

Facilitators: Ben Haste  & Karla Costa 

Objective: Roundtable discussion whereby participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another and discuss some of the most important questions that global mobility managers will have to address in the coming years.

These dilemmas are not entirely new; however, demographic, technological, and business practice changes will give them a particular importance going forward.  The discussion about these dilemmas explores the move away from oversimplified visions of global mobility, whilst the complexity of the issues discussed offers an opportunity for mobility and HR teams to become more strategic and expand their horizontals.  

These dilemmas include: mobile millennials; job mobility vs employee mobility; rise of expat gig workers; flexibility vs duty of care; older expats: silver revolution and new assignment types.

"The Future of the Mobile Workforce”, by Astra

Facilitators: Cameron Stewart (Astra Apartments)

Session objective: Roundtable discussion whereby participants will learn from one another the challenges each of us face when creating our accommodation program.

Short Term vs Long Term Accommodation requirements and explore the option of separation into different accommodation portfolios.

Travel requirements differ depending on the reason for travel and the length of stay. A quick overnight trip interstate vs a relocation or a longer stay requirement due to a project will pose different challenges for the travel booker. The decision process and the booking process is completely different. When creating your accommodation portfolio these considerations need to be taken into account and more and more corporates are splitting their program into a short-stay and a long-stay program.

ASTRA Apartments will provide a roundtable discussion whereby participants will learn from one another the challenges each of us face when creating our accommodation program.

"Accelerating performance in global teams – building trust and collaboration." by International Consultants Centre

Facilitators: Jane Hayman (ICC)

Session objective: Supporting mobility professionals working in global teams and with virtual colleagues

This session will take an honest look at the challenges of working with culturally diverse teams across geographies. International Consultants Centre will share the work we have done with clients to improve understanding, communications and effectiveness and the solutions that particular teams have arrived at. Participants will have an opportunity to compare their own experiences and best strategies to overcome cultural and geographical distance.

"How HR can influence decision-makers at all levels and on all aspects of the business." by Victoria SES

Facilitators: Annabelle Kirwin (Victoria SES)

HR being able to influence the whole business means it needs to be part of all of the business. As the leader of your team you need to know how your services can support the business today but also tomorrow. Try to be ahead of the game understand the nuances of your organisations’ people requirements. Ensure you know your business and your organisation products and services.

Todays HR/GM professional is more than a HR Generalist, they are a Business Generalist who knows and understands people solutions.

"Tax and immigration – is your mobility programme ready for the future?" by KPMG

Facilitators: Belinda Wright & Mardi Heinrich

KPMG will focus on “hot topics” in the tax and immigration space for employees relocating both in to and out of Australia. This will include challenges we are seeing organisations grapple with and actions they are taking now to ensure their organisation doesn’t get left behind.

We look forward to hearing your “war stories” and lessons learned, workshopping your current tax and immigration challenges, and dispelling some common “urban myths.

15:20 - 15:35
Assembly I & II

Roundtable Summary Remarks

Roundtable hosts to present brief ‘soundbite’ summary of main discussion points

15:35 - 16:00
Mykel Dixon
Assembly I & II

Closing Keynote Presentation

Mykel Dixon – Speaker, Author, Advisor.

Mykel Dixon is a musician by trade, a gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist, & prolific anti-perfectionist. Named Australia’s ‘Breakthrough Speaker of the Year’ in 2018, he helps innovative leaders, teams & brands reclaim their creative potential and redefine their relevance in a 21st-Century Renaissance.

16:00 - 16:20

Networking Exhibition Break & Refreshments

16:20 onwards

Networking Drinks Reception & Prize Draws