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Canberra Half Day Event
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Venue: QT Canberra  Canberra, ACT Australia 

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2017 Annual Canberra Half Day Event


Tuesday 1 August 2017

QT Canberra Ballroom, 1 London Circuit, Canberra


This year’s Government Property Forum will focus on thinking differently about workplace portfolios by adopting innovative approaches to deliver value for money outcomes and transform team engagement.


Globally in the private sector and governments, large users of accommodation are rapidly moving to agile working solutions, enabling work any where, any how and any time. More important than the financial considerations, is growing recognition that workplace solutions are key to engaging with and motivating their team members. In addition, organisations are starting to realise the importance of investing in the health and well-being of teams.


Recent history has shown that MOG (machinery-of-government) changes will continue to occur through changes of government, Prime Ministers or even Cabinet shuffles. To compete for talent, facilitate staffing changes and be more cost efficient, new flexible and innovative accommodation use arrangements will need to be adopted by Government.


The topics to be covered in the half-day forum with leading industry keynote presenters, case studies and panel discussions on the opportunities and the challenges in transforming Government approaches to accommodation planning and employee engagement.

  • Rhonda Brighton-Hall, CEO and founder of (Making Work Absolutely Wonderful) will be the key note speaker in leading the conversation ‘Thinking differently about work and workplaces’.
  • Emine Mehmet, CEO and founder of WELL Space will lead us through the thinking of what needs to be done in workplaces to invest in the health and well-being of our team members and why it is important.
  • Chris Alcock, Principal of Six-Ideas will facilitate the presentation of two Government case studies of new workplaces in which new agile and innovative workplace solutions have been adopted and will chair an extended panel of experts in rounding off the conversation.

Session 1: Keynote speaker - Rhonda Brighton-Hall


A former HR Leader and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, Rhonda is a current Director of AHRI, and recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources and the people side of business, specialising in leadership, innovation and the future design of work. As a recognised champion on true workplace diversity, Rhonda’s fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.


Her career has spanned four large multi-nationals - BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA, living and working in Europe, Asia, and the USA.


She now lectures part-time at Sydney University and works with entrepreneurs, businesses and corporations focused on improving the way we work. To this end, she is CEO and Founder of mwah. making Work Absolutely Human


Session 2: Emine Mehmet


Wellbeing is the NEW business as usual. With the wellness industry, worth over $3trillion it is increasingly becoming more important on a personal and professional level.  How can wellbeing be applied to the building industry? There are three levels to wellbeing; wellbeing consultancy, design and wellbeing programs.  The WELL Building Standard allows for the implementation of all three areas, becoming a holistic tool for building industry professionals, landlords and the end user.


Session 3: Case Studies

  • Dept Industry Innovation Science Project - Bernard Finucane, Facilities Manager, Finance and Facilities Branch
  • Access Canberra - Craig Simmons, Director, Community Business & Transport Regulation, Access Canberra


Session 4: Panel discussion - Implementing innovation, workplace change, Wellness and portfolio flexibility into Government. 

  • Panel chair: Chris Alcock, Director, Six Ideas
  • Commonwealth Gov: Bernard Finucane, Facilities Manager, Finance and Facilities Branch
  • State Gov: Daniel Quinn, former Director of People and Performance, NSW Treasury
  • Local Gov: Craig Simmons, Director,Community Business & Transport Regulation, Access Canberra



Government employees: Free (click here to register via email)

Members: $150 (please use register button below)

Non members: $175 (please use register button below)

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