Key trends, issues and best practices for enhancing graduate employability and strengthening industry partnerships

  • Sydney | 01 - 02 August 2016
  • Post Conference Workshop | 03 August 2016

A recent survey done by Graduate Careers Australia has shown that only 68% of fresh graduates were in full-time employment four months after graduation - compared with 85% in 2008.

With graduate employment slumping to its lowest levels as of late, the focus on embedding employability as a critical value and mindset throughout the higher education sector has never been stronger. While issues such as the lack of institutional capacity and resourcing continue to permeate, it has become increasingly critical to overcome barriers to developing key partnerships between institutions, employers and students to improve employability and meet industry demands.

On top of that, recent changes such as the Turnbull government’s innovation agenda as well as the reemphasis on STEM careers have brought about significant shifts in how we approach and design employability and industry engagement strategies.

The Graduate Employability and Industry Partnerships Forum will bring the nation’s most influential leaders in higher education and the industry to provide you with the latest trends and best-practice strategies for boosting graduate employability and establishing industry partnerships.

Delivered by an esteemed line-up of senior management and career services directors from universities, as well as HR directors from leading organisations, this forum will provide you with an unrivalled networking opportunity, frameworks to redesign your employability and engagement strategies to meet current and future demands, and the opportunity to benchmark against industry best practices.

  • Understand how to embed employability as a whole-of-institution strategy, and steps to achieve buy-in from higher management
  • Gain insights from in-depth case studies and best-practice strategies for incorporating employability skills into the academic curriculum, building capacity, and overcoming barriers to industry partnerships
  • Leverage advice and shared experiences from senior management and industry leaders on the challenges and opportunities in work-integrated learning, placements and internships
  • Examine how the industry and higher education sector can prepare for the impact of the technology, innovation, STEM and the future of work


Chief Executive
Go8; The Australian’s Top 30 most influential people in Higher Education
Branch Manager, Economic and Market Analysis Branch
Department of Education and Training, Australian Government
Branch Manager - Labour Market Research and Analysis,
Department of Employment, Australian Government
QUT; The Australian’s Top 30 most influential people in Higher Education
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Macquarie University
Assistant Director, Careers and Employability
RMIT University; President, Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability, University of Wollongong; President
Career Industry Council Australia
Director, Education Excellence, Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching)
Monash University
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education & Quality Services
Swinburne University of Technology
Manager, Student Experience and Career Development, ANU Careers Centre
Australian National University
Director of the Career Development Centre
Bond University
Manager Careers & Cooperative Education
Western Sydney University
Manager Careers and Employment
Queensland University of Technology
Manager - Careers and Employment
University of New South Wales
Head of Career Services
Southern Cross University
Team Leader, Careers/WIL
University of Melbourne
National Advisor Mathematics & Science Education & Industry
Office of the Chief Scientist
Recruitment Leader A/NZ, Human Resources
Head of Human Resources, Commercial and Customer Relationships
Talent Acquisition Director
Head of HR, Supply Chain
Global Early Talent Recruitment and Development Director
HR Manager - Business Partnering and Talent Acquisition
Organisation Development Manager
NSW Graduate Talent Acquisition Manager
Graduate Recruitment Manager
Innovation Manager
Talent Acquisition Program Lead
Head of Resourcing
AustralianSuper; Australia's Top Intern Program 2015
Executive Director
Graduate Careers Australia
Head, Student Affairs and Engagement, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Sydney
Executive Director
Australian Technology Network

Delegates at the conference will discuss key trends, issues and best practices for advancing graduate employability and boosting industry partnerships.

  1. Examine key trends and issues in the graduate labour market and its impact on the higher education sector
  2. Understand how graduate employability can be integrated as a key mindset throughout the institution, and frameworks to achieve buy-in from higher management
  3. Gain insights into best-practice strategies for incorporating employability skills into academic curriculum to meet current and future industry needs
  4. Receive first-hand information from employers and the higher education sector on overcoming obstacles to successful industry engagement and partnerships
  5. Leverage shared experiences from Australia’s leading university and award-winning employability and industry engagement initiatives
  6. Evaluate what the new Innovation, Enterprise and STEM agenda means for the sector, and how to translate this focus into graduate employability
  7. Drill down to practical steps for overcoming barriers to international graduate employability
  8. Advance employability outcomes through the use of data analytics
  9. Attain insights into how the ‘expectation gap’ can be addressed and reconciled
  10. Explore ways in which the industry and higher education sector can prepare to meet future demands of work



Directors, Heads, Managers and Specialists from the Higher Education sector, Industry or Related Associations, including but not limited to the following:

  • Senior Management
  • Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Provost
  • Academic, Learning and Teaching
  • Career Services
  • Student Services
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Industry and Employer Engagement or Liaison
  • Enterprise Development
  • Graduate Skills
  • Employment, Training
  • Internships, Work Placements
  • Alumni Relations
  • Human Resources, People and Culture
  • Talent and Recruitment
  • Campus or Graduate Recruitment
  • Recruitment Firms
  • Career Search Engines
  • Industry Associations


Post-Conference Workshop: Engaging with industry to improve graduate employability

Sydney | Wednesday 3 August 2016

Dr Shelley Kinash
Director, Learning and Teaching
Bond University

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