A two day conference of national significance
Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd March – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Increasingly, major organisations are directly attributing bottom-line performance to employee satisfaction, health and wellbeing. Indeed the importance of being seen as a committed, supportive and flexible employer is now an integral part of many recruitment strategies.


In March 2012 senior representatives from business, government and academia will assemble in Melbourne to provide expert advice and facilitate informative discussion on cutting edge employee friendly strategy.


Addressing far more than issues relating to carer responsibilities and work/life balance, The Australian Family Friendly Workplace Seminar will provide vital information for human resources practitioners, executive level managers and independent business owners on the evolving Australian workforce and current issues relating to employee engagement and wellbeing.

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  2012 Speakers  
Tim Costelo

Rachel Cobb

Managing Director Retailer Solutions
GE Capital

Sharon Burrow

Dr Graeme Russell

International Researcher

Pru Goward

Ingrid Ozols

Founder & Managing Director
Mental Health @ Work

Elizabeth Broderick

John Taya

Executive Director Org Development

Penny Lovett

Nareen Young

Diversity Council Australia

Peter McGraw

Andrew Billing


O Group

Mark Ney

Gail Whiteford

Professor & Pro Vice-Chancellor
Macquarie University

Dr Jacqui Abbott

Head of Flexibility & Diversity

Allens Arthur Robinson

Philippa Reed

Catherine Flynn

Retention and Engagement Manager

Nareen Young

Air Commodore Robert Rogers CSM

Director General -Personnel

Rilla Moore

Chris Gianatti

Partner & Solicitor

Neil Cockroft

Nicholas Wilson


Fair Work Ombudsman

Rilla Moore

James Wright


Neil Cockroft

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

HR Leader for the Retail Bank
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Rilla Moore

Peter Wilson AM

National President


  • Demystifying workplace mental illness

  • Linkages between engaged diversity and business performance

  • Commentary on changes to industrial law and a How to guide for answering flexible work requests

  • Men want flexibility too

  • Creating our Workforce of the Future - a road map for creating an environment that will attract, develop and retain employees.
  • Innovative family friendly strategies from a community-based organisation
  • Achieving flexibility and increasing productivity
  • Innovations in employee engagement "An apple a day isn't enough; How fun, not fruit, at work drives employee wellbeing"
  • The workplace by 2020, and its implications for family life



The seminar annually attracts around 300 – 400 delegates from all major Australian industries and employer groups. Delegates traditionally represent a broad range of job roles and the Seminar
is specifically relevant to executive level managers, human resources practitioners, policy managers, operations managers and independent business owners.


In addition to the insights offered by a comprehensive range of expert speakers, seminar delegates will also benefit from the opportunity to engage with a broad cross section of professionals and discuss their own challenges and initiatives. With endless opportunities to engage with industry leaders and to network with like minded professionals, the seminar annually inspires a great many ‘aha’ moments.


Dates &  Location

The Australian Family Friendly Workplace Seminar 2012 will be held
in Melbourne on Thursday 1st  & Friday 2nd  March 2012.


Seminar Organisers

The Australian Family Friendly Workplace Seminar is an important national initiative under the auspice of the Workplace Training Advisory of Australia (WTAA). Our mission is to support the increased awareness and importance of a family friendly workplace to both employers and employees across the country and to provide the highest level of services to aid organisations in creating a family friendly workplace.

For further information contact

Nick Williams
1300 138 037


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