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AU - Canberra Government Symposium

Thursday, August 4, 2022 to Thursday, August 4, 2022
QT Canberra Canberra, ACT, Australia



Government attendees - please email to secure your complimentary ticket.




In 2022, we’ve found a new normal and have adapted to the changing nature of the way we work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s time to focus on what’s next for CRE in the government sector.


The CoreNet Global Australia Chapter Government Workplace Symposium will investigate other pieces of the CRE puzzle that build and solidify better workplaces, such as:

-       How do we establish psychological safety in flexible workspaces?

-       What does cyber and privacy security mean to CRE?

-       How can we better connect with the C-Suite?


These questions and more will be addressed by our speakers at this year's Government Workplace Symposium. This year's event will be held face-to-face in Canberra on Thursday 4 August 2022.









Session 1:  Wellbeing and psychological safety in new workplace (and workforce)


After two years of covid lockdowns and more than a decade of increasing flexibility, what does the new workplace (and workforce) look like?


Add in a new generation, the great resignation/great reset, greater workforce diversity, and the tightest global labour market for many years, how do you know what is most important to your team, how do you lead them, and what does wellbeing and psychological safety look like today. Amongst all that, how do you craft the best possible way forward for your business and your clients, all the while delivering on a very different set of expectations from your team.


No one said it would be easy, but based on research, data, and real case studies, we look at some pragmatic and realistic steps, and the right technology, to ensure wellbeing and psychological safety for your teams and leaders in the current very difficult and fractured context we all work in.


Rhonda Brighton-Hall

Director & CEO, mwah.

Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and HR Leader of the Year, Rhonda is a former Director of AHRI and recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in the human side of the business.

Her fundamental belief is that belonging (inclusion) and great leadership are foundational for good people practices in organisations.  Equally, it creates more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

Her career has spanned senior roles in large multi-nationals – starting with BHP, moving to Sara Lee, (Italian eyewear giant) Luxottica and CommBank. She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

With an undergraduate degree from UNSW and post-grad from UTS and London Business School, Rhonda now guest lectures in HR, Leadership and the Future of Work at UNSW and Sydney University.

She is a past Patron for Autism and remains active in ASPECT, Fighting Chance and other partner organisations that work closely with disability, the indigenous community and other structurally excluded people and groups.

Now working exclusively with entrepreneurs and businesses focused on fundamentally changing the way we work and designing better ways, Rhonda is CEO and Founder of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human.  mwah. is designed and built to help businesses and individuals put people at the heart of the way we work.


Session 2: Recruiting and retaining indigenous staff


Rikki Cooper is the National Indigenous Engagement Manager at BGIS, playing a pivotal role in coordinating Indigenous engagement across the entire BGIS workforce, championing the Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, managing key relationships and partnerships, and governance and agreements. Rikki has 19 years of experience in talent acquisition and Indigenous engagement and was a finalist in the 2016 National Facilities Maintenance Industry Awards for Diversity in Leadership. 


A proud Nari-Nari woman, Rikki is a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace, and has grown Indigenous employee representation by 375% in the last two years alone. Rikki's life experiences, insights and passion to do things differently has seen her achieve meaningful outcomes for Indigenous communities around Australia. More recently, Rikki was also involved in developing the BGIS Employee Value Proposition (EVP) initiative, which received a finalist mention for Best Employer Brand Initiative in the 2021 Seek STAR Awards.


In this session, Rikki discuss the key strategies she uses to attract and retain Indigenous employees, including:

- Meaningful inclusion practices

- Building cultural competencies

- Promoting diversity in the workplace.



Morning tea


Session 3: Cyber/Privacy Security


As we quickly transitioned to a remote style of working at the start of the pandemic, we were granted rather extensive autonomy and became empowered to take advantage of a plethora of online digital tools, many of which were previously prohibited. As we return to the office and the topic of technology broadens to include technology in the workplace, how prepared are we? Have those large risk adverse companies and government departments adjusted their stance indefinitely and now actively pursuing this as an opportunity or are we likely to see a retraction in this enthusiasm as the return to office momentum gains traction and Cyber Security returns to the stage? What are the impacts on privacy and suchlike? Who needs to be involved and what sort of role does the CRE manager play?


Moderator: Angela Barwick, CoreNet Global Australia Chapter Chair


Julie Gleeson, Director | Cyber | Identity, Deloitte Australia

Julie is a Cyber Director in Deloitte Risk Advisory in Canberra. Julie has over 20 years consulting experience in digital identity and related cyber security programs. Julie has led teams delivering cyber solutions into major government agencies and other organisations. She has been involved in some of the nation’s largest digital identity and cyber programs and is adept at aligning technical delivery with both business and security aims, helping ensure that secure solutions remain usable.


Brad Flanagan, Head of Cyber Security, Essential Energy

Brad has the overall responsibility for directing the cybersecurity strategy and technologies that protect Essential Energy’s assets ensuring organisational resilience in utilising ICT technologies. Previous to Essential Energy, Brad was a Cyber Director at Deloitte, with a focus on leading the Operational Technology (OT) and Internet of Things (IoT) within APAC.


Gavin Cram, ACT Lead, Federal Government & National Security, Security Consulting Group

Gavin has had an extensive career of over 20 years’ working for the Australian Federal Police with over a decade in all areas of Enterprise Security. Gavin has demonstrated a capacity to transfer his skills and expertise to the private sector, where he continues to provide subject matter advice to a range of high-profile State and Federal Government organisations as a Senior Consultant for SCG’s Risk, Assurance and Protect Security team.



Session 4: Influencing C-Suite & Government Leaders


Have you ever felt frustrated that your great idea, initiative or product hasn’t been approved, supported or purchased by a C-Suite executive or Government leader? Do you know why you were unsuccessful?


Many people find it daunting to meet with C-Suite executives or Government leaders. Being able to influence, communicate and present effectively to C-Suite, both online and in person, is a critical skill set for every corporate real estate professional.


Learn how to successfully influence C-Suite executives and Government leaders to strategically prioritise your organisational change initiative; approve your capital expenditure recommendations; sign a contract to purchase your solution or services; support and champion your new idea; or even create an alliance or strategic partnership.


You will gain valuable insights into their psychology, decision making approaches, and how to position your idea, solution or service as a strategic priority.


In this powerful session you will:

- Understand C-Suite executives, build rapport and develop a unique value add proposition.

- Discover how to position your idea, solution or product as a must-do high priority category.

- Learn how to tailor your approach to how they make decisions and disseminate information.


Craig Johns

High Performance Leadership Expert

CEO & Managing Partner of Speakers Institute Corporate


Craig is a 10x National Champion, International coach and CEO turned high performance leadership expert, international speaker and Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast host. He brings 27 years experience coaching, mentoring and training CEO’s, emerging leaders and high performers in the areas of performance mindset, managing high pressure stakes moments, developing winning strategies, developing self leadership, and establishing successful team dynamics and culture.


Regarded as a global citizen, having grown up in New Zealand and lived in five countries, Craig’s diverse experience and background brings a deep level of understanding and questioning. Craig has a unique ability to build effective relationships, ask thought-provoking questions, provide valuable insights and mentor coaching clients through change and effective growth.


Working with world leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Fortune 100 Companies, Actors, Musicians and more than 100 Olympians and World Champions, Craig knows what it takes to reach a peak performance state, perform under pressure and lead high performing teams.


Known for his relentless curiosity, and obsession for human behavior and performance, Craig is passionate about helping people find the self-belief and courage to bring the best out of themselves. He has worked with CEO’s and senior executives from some of the world’s leading companies including IBM, EY, Nestle, WTA Tennis, P&G, HSBC, Accenture and Nike.



Session 5: Session 5: Government Workplace Futures - Where we are now and where we might be going.


The winds of change are blowing through the world of workplace as a result of the COVID pandemic which is generating both uncertainty and opportunity in the nature of work, the technology and spaces that support it and the relationships between employees and employers. With a particular focus on government workplace, this session by one of Australia’s leading workplace consultants will look at current trends and will forecast the new ways of working and workplace typologies that may emerge in the years ahead. This will include reference to current projects and case studies and Six Ideas’ landmark research into the Working from Home phenomenon and its current research into Hybrid Physical / Virtual Collaboration.


Chris Alcock

Chris is a Principal of Six Ideas, the workplace consulting division of Dexus. Chris originally trained and practiced as an architect but moved into workplace consulting with DEGW in 2004. In 2010 he launched SpaceLogic in 2010 and merged that into Six Ideas in 2017 which was acquired by Dexus in 2019. His experience in workplace innovation is extensive, with clients including the ACT Government, the cities of Launceston, Casey and Kingston, CSIRO, Monash, Melbourne and Curtin universities, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication, the Parliaments of Australia and New Zealand and most recently Atlassian.






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