Professional Staff Conference

PSC 2018

Since its inception in 2010, the University's Professional Staff Conference has become an important event in the University calendar. The Conference provides Professional Staff members the opportunity to share what we do across the University and to engage with our Senior Leaders on strategic discussions.

The theme for the 2018 Conference - WORKING TOGETHER: SUCCEEDING TOGETHER


Registrations for the 2018 Professional Staff Conference have now CLOSED.

The registration fee for the Professional Staff Conference is $110 which is charged to each participant's cost centre. Registration fees are non-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 2018Task
Wednesday 28 March Abstract Submissions Open
Sunday 6 May Abstract Submissions Close
Friday 18 May Abstract selection outcomes notified
Monday 21 May Presentation Skills Workshop (TLD)
Wednesday 20 June Conference Registrations Close
Friday 29 June Presentations Due
4 July Conference Date

Conference Program

2018 Professional Staff Conference Agenda (PDF, 553.09 KB)

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;
  • 2 Keynote addresses
  • 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 Speakers

Kerry Stubbs, CEO, Northcott

Kerry Stubbs has significant leadership experience and expertise in the human capital field, including her current role as CEO of Northcott, one of the largest disability service providers in NSW and the ACT, and formerly as the Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital.

She has extensive human resources experience and expertise, having worked both as a consultant and a senior practitioner in a variety of human resources roles, culminating in her appointment as the first Corporate Human Resources Manager of Sydney Water.   She has also held senior operations roles in the water industry.

She is appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards, including the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University, where she chairs the Finance and Investment Committee,  and Director of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee, and was the recent past Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) Ltd.  She has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology. In 2018 she was appointed Deputy Chancellor of Western Sydney University.

She has undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Government and Public Administration, and has undertaken study at both Harvard and Stanford Graduate schools of businesses.  She is particularly interested in using design thinking to foster innovation and better codesign of services and systems for the people who use them, and in particular disadvantaged and minority communities.   In 2007 she was made the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the year in the Community and Government category. In 2015 she was voted among the top 25 Australians in Pro Bono  Australia’s Impact List.

Daniel Saffioti, Director, Solution and Project Services

Daniel Saffioti is the current Director of Solution and Project Services at Western Sydney University where he is responsible for overseeing a team of dedicated professionals who deliver technology solutions for the University. Prior to joining the University in this role Daniel was the Chief Information and Digital Officer at the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation and Australian Synchrotron overseeing all the digital aspects of the Nation’s Landmark Infrastructure including Australia’s only Nuclear Reactor, OPAL, the Australian Synchrotron along with leading the digital transformation agenda in both organisations.

To compliment his professional roles, Daniel currently holds concurrent academic appointments at both Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining Western, Daniel worked in Computer Science at the University of Wollongong (UOW) whilst being UOW’s Deputy Director in Information Technology responsible for Infrastructure and Academic Computing. His research interests have been related to novel applications of technology in Health, Pyschology, Education and Systems.

Daniel has had a significant role in contributing to STEM and Innovation agenda through his teaching, outreach activities and prior corporate roles. Daniel was a mentor at iAccelerate (Illawarra's Innovation and Entrepeneur Incubator) for a number of years where he mentored students starting companies, an Executive on Apple's Education Board, The AUC for over a decade where he developed a comprehensive National Developer Training Program for University Students and finally had an active role in policy setting through the Australian Government Science Agency CIO Committee and Department of Industry, Science and Innovation CIO Committee.

To compliment his executive, professional and academic experiences, Daniel provides IT, advisory & management consultancy services to a number of organisations, ranging from startups, not for profits, registered training organisations, higher education organisations & multinational corporations.

Daniel is passionate about technology and the "magical powers" it has to help individuals and organisations grow and change for the better.

More information about Daniel can be found online at and

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions addressing the theme WORKING TOGETHER, SUCCEEDING TOGETHER are now CLOSED.

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

The full list of 2018 Abstract Submissions can be viewed on the 2018 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.

Shuttle buses will be operating between Parramatta City (Peter Shergold Building) and Rosehill Gardens in the morning and afternoon.  If you decide you would like to catch the bus from Parramatta (and haven't previously advised via the registration process), please advise Deann Gilliver before Wednesday 27 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.