Professional Staff Conference

Innovation: Unlimited. Friday 30 June, Rosehill Gardens. 

Since its inception in 2010, the University's Professional Staff Conference has become an important event in the University calendar. It has given us the opportunity to share what we do across the University and to engage with our senior leaders on strategic discussions. 

The theme for the 2017 Conference - INNOVATION:  UNLIMITED.


Registrations for the 2017 Professional Staff Conference have now closed. If you have any queries, please contact Deann Gilliver (opens in a new window).

The registration fee for the Professional Staff Conference is $100 which is charged to each participant's cost centre. Registration fees are not refundable, but can be transferred to a colleague. Please contact Deann Gilliver if you can no longer attend or wish to transfer your registration to a colleague.

Registration covers:

  • Full day attendance
  • Conference satchel, including printed program
  • Catering (welcome tea/coffee, morning tea and lunch)
  • Drinks and canapes after the conference
  • Lots of goodies!

Key Dates

Key Date 2017 Task
10 April  Abstract Submissions Close
Week Commencing 24 April Abstract selection outcomes notified
9 May Presentation Skills Workshop (TLD)
13 June Presentation Skills Practice Session (TLD)
16 June Conference Registrations Close
26 June Presentations Due
30 June Conference Date

Conference Program

2017 Professional Staff Conference Program (PDF, 50.52 KB) (opens in a new window)

The Conference is aimed at Professional Staff, including administrators, managers and technical officers. This year's program features:

  • An opening address by the University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover;
  • Concurrent sessions comprising presentations by Professional staff;
  • Keynote address - Mr Martin Stewart-Weeks
  • and a bit of space for fun and prizes!

The concurrent sessions showcase achievements, innovations, best practice and collaborative ventures at the University. There are sessions relevant to managers and administrative and technical staff, giving delegates the opportunity to choose to attend specific presentations of interest and relevance.

Conference registrations start at 8am. The conference runs from 9am to 4pm followed by a networking session including drinks and canapes from 4 to 5pm.

Keynote Speaker

Martin Stewart-Weeks 

The Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Professional Staff Conference is Mr Martin Stewart-Weeks.

A strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer, Martin brings 30 years' experience spanning government, the "for purpose" or social sector and the corporate sector. His work explores the intersection of policy, government, technology and innovation.

Martin is an independent consultant and advisor, including a role as an advisor to the social impact and investment program at PwC.

From 2001 to 2013, he led the Asia-Pacific public sector team in Cisco's consulting and innovation arm, the Internet Business Solutions Group. His team worked on digital transformation, policy and reform projects in government, education, human services and urbanisation in India, China, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He was part of Cisco's higher education practice in Australia and New Zealand. He is a director of the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHERT).

Earlier this year, Martin helped to design and facilitate the Presidents' Conversation, a high-level leadership hosted by UQ Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj. The meeting brought together Vice Chancellors and Presidents from universities in Australia and around the world to discuss the role and influence of universities in the digital economy.

Martin has also recently contributed to planning and strategy projects for the University of NSW, La Trobe University, Western Sydney and Curtin Universities.

Prior to his role in Cisco, Martin held various policy and management roles in the federal public sector, including Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Federal Government and with the NSW Cabinet Office. He also ran a successful policy, research and organisational consulting practice, The Albany Consulting Group, working with public and nonprofit organisations.

Martin writes and speaks extensively on government, service design, digital transformation and policy reform.  Together with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, he recently published Changing Shape: Institutions for a Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014).  At the invitation of the Vice Chancellor, he gave a keynote speech on the role of universities as institutions to the recent Curtin University senior management planning conference, titled University stories in an age of distrust, the end of power and deep digital disruption.

Martin was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Government 2.0 (2009) and was also a member of the advisory committee on Government 2.0 in Victoria. He currently chairs the NSW Digital Government Advisory Panel and the Expert Advisory Group of the Department of Human Services' Welfare Payments Infrastructure Transformation project.

In 2008, with a small group of entrepreneurs, he established the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) as part of a global network of social innovators.  ASIX has now been amalgamated with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), on whose Board he sits as a director. Martin is also a director of the Centre for Policy Development policy think tank.

Martin holds an Honours degree in English from the University of York in the UK, a Masters degree in Social Science and Policy from the University of New South Wales as well as graduate qualifications in applied economics from what is now the University of Canberra.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions addressing the theme INNOVATION UNLIMITED. are now closed.

For more information about abstract submissions, please see the Abstract Submissions and Presentation Support (opens in a new window) page.

Successful conference abstracts are available to be viewed on the 2017 Program page.

Venue and Transport Information

This year's event will be hosted at Rosehill Gardens, situated approximately 10 minutes from Parramatta CBD.

Ample free parking is available at Rosehill Gardens.  Enter via Gate 1, Grand Avenue. 

A bus will be departing from the Kingswood Campus at 7:15am (sharp) and returning in the afternoon.  If you decide you would like to catch the bus from Kingswood (and haven't previously advised), please advise Deann Gilliver before Friday 23 June.


Please direct all conference enquiries to Deann Gilliver or via phone extn 7476.

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support in making our Conference possible.