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WORKTECH12 Melbourne

Conference Programme

Wednesday 29th February 2012

Event sessions include:

Into the Clouds – the new ‘thin’ workplace
Philip Ross, Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK
Philip will look at new, emerging technology that is slimming down our workplaces, reducing costs by up to 30% while at the same time providing new types of space that are more aligned to future work styles. He will also show some examples of thin workplaces from around the globe, focusing on innovation in the USA and Europe.

The Macquarie Workplace
Will Walker, Head of Business Services, Macquarie Group & James Calder, Director of Research and Consulting, Woods Bagot
Will Walker is the global head of business services for the Macquarie Group and has delivered some of the world’s best workplaces of recent times. James Calder, Director of Research and Consulting, WoodsBagot and Will have collaborated for over a decade and will present some of their recent work and their ideas on the future workplace.

ANZ Centre Case Study: Delivering permeability, connection, diversity, flexibility.
Kate Langan, Group General Manager Property, ANZ Banking Group Limited
The ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands is the largest single-tenanted commercial office building in Australia, with 84,450sqm of office space accommodating up to 7500 people. Procured via a user-focused, design-lead engagement process, it features unprecedented levels of permeability, connection, diversity and flexibility for a banking HQ, and has also successfully anticipated and accommodated the migration to an alternative workplace strategy (flexible working) over time.

GPT’s Workplace for the Future
Robert Hitchcock, Project Director, The GPT Group
GPT officially launched its new work environment in August 2011, which was part of the group’s Reinvigoration Strategy. The new work environment transforms the way people work at GPT and supports the group’s culture and values in a way that increases its competitive advantage.
GPT’s workplace is an example of what can be achieved through clever, sustainable design and at a cost no different to the previous accommodation model.

Workplace for the Future Prototype-Changing the face of government accommodation
Steve Schinck, Director Strategy & Policy & Victoria Kearney, Senior Manager Government Services Division, DTF
In December 2008, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) began a review of existing government office accommodation policy with the aim of creating an integrated approach to accommodation and workplace planning in Victorian Government departments and agencies.
A key goal of this review was the creation of a workplace environment that allowed for changes in workplace behaviours, facilitated collaboration and communication within and between departments, and created job flexibility and efficiencies using space and future technology as an enabler. In order to test the vision, demonstrate the outcomes sought in the new standards documents, highlight the new direction in accommodation planning and lead effective cultural change, the Government Services Division (GSD) designed, developed and trialled a prototype work environment

Is your workplace ready for the interconnected world?
Jason Heredia, Vice President, Marketing APAC , Steelcase
Business is increasingly a team sport that leverages technology to cross borders and time zones. Work is more interconnected and more complex than ever. The work environment is the pivotal place for helping us navigate this new business world. Jason will share five learning’s on the role of new collaborative technologies from Steelcase's on-going research.

Occupant satisfaction in well designed and sustainable offices
Riccardo Rizzi, Head of Sustainability, ISIS
ISIS has conducted two independent investigations of the changes in occupant satisfaction when it has relocated its offices in Melbourne and Canberra. The investigations found large increases in occupant satisfaction after moving to better designed and sustainable offices. Riccardo will run through the findings in detail and present applicable lessons for the wider office industry.

Who owes who a job?
Charles Brass, Futurist, Future of Work Foundation
Historically, employers were responsible for providing jobs, and the employee’s responsibility was to perform what was asked to the best of their ability. If there was no work, it was the employer’s responsibility. Nowadays, employees are held responsible for workflow patterns (e.g. split shifts) and for changes in skill requirements (employees are now accountable for their own employability). This presentation will outline this history and seek to explore what it means for future jobs.

Realising the Potential of the Multi-Generational Workplace
Gerry Taylor, Creative Director, Orangebox
As Millennials become the pre-eminent group within the workplace, how will the design of office furniture help realize the potential for a more diverse, flexible, faster, multi-generation workplace?

Future of Work and the Workplace Panel Debate
Richard Gee, Commercial Property Director, Brookfield Multiplex Services
Wendy Geitz, Head of Australia & New Zealand, DEGW, Brad Krauskopf, Co-Founder & CEO, Hub Melbourne


There are a variety of different sponsorship and participation packages available to meet your communication objectives. Please contact Isabel Dewhurst-Marks for more information by emailing or calling
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