The dynamics of consumers, economics, and technology are changing on a global scale, upsetting traditional business models whilst producing new opportunities for transformation.

Designing robust, agile human capital systems are becoming an essential priority for decision makers determined to future-proof their organisations.

Combined with today’s competitive pressures, HR Leaders have to formulate a strategy that sets it apart and translates into real business value.

Celebrating its 6th year, the HR Leaders Forum is the most senior gathering of HR professionals in Australia. Gathering the nation’s leading workforce decision makers from both private and public sectors, it is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of people management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies.

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in HR and people management in Australia
  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Discover what it takes to lead your workforce towards ongoing success
  • Explore the future of HR and how best to develop your human capital structures to confront it
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five star environment

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment


Mark Levy
Global Head of Employee Experience
Airbnb (USA)
Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth
Human Resources Director
Renee Atwood
former Global Head of People & Places
Uber (USA)
Claudia Cadena
Chief Human Resources Officer
Malaysia Airlines (MYS)
Chaz Giles
Global Head of External Innovation
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (USA)
Joe Barr
Chief Executive Officer
John Holland
Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive, Human Resources
Jenny Bryant
Chief Human Resources Officer
Wesfarmers Limited
Jodie King
Chief People Officer
Air New Zealand
Rebekah Donaldson
Director of People
Glenn Carter
Global Head of Learning & Development
Brigadier Leigh Wilton
Director General Personnel
Australian Army
Merryl Dooley
Executive General Manager People, Culture & Communications
Sally Kincaid
Chief Human Resources Officer, Australia & NZ
Belinda Watton
Executive General Manager People and Safety
Energy Queensland
Ashley Winnett
Executive Director – Human Resources
GM Holden
Kate Nuttall
Executive General Manager People
National Australia Bank
Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer
Super Retail Group
Simone Shugg
Executive Director – People and Culture
Rob Phipps
Chief People Officer
Colleen Devine
Head of Talent
Rio Tinto
Susie Gleeson-Byrne
Head of Human Resources, Australia and New Zealand
Chris Lokum
Vice President Human Resources, Fuels Asia Pacific & Air BP
Tania Abbotto
Chief Customer & People Officer
Liz McPherson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Future Fund
Chris Regan
Head of People Experience – AU
Susan Karson
Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer
MLC Life Insurance
Angela Howard
Vice President - People & Performance
Carnival Australia


  • Global Perspectives – The Economics of HR
  • Nurturing Inspiration – Adaptive Leadership
  • The HR Edge – Making the Workplace an Experience
  • Beyond the Numbers – Converting Data into Performance
  • Taking the Reins – Placing Power in People
  • Casting Wider Nets – The War for Talent
  • Knowing the Unknown – HR Beyond the Horizon



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Companies using Fuel50 see measurable results, with attrition being reduced by up to 50% in over 60 companies and engagement uplifts are in the realm of 3-30% within every company deploying Fuel50.

Celebrating its 6th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision making audience, before, during and after the event.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through


Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 8 December) Standard Price Per Delegate (from 9 December)
HR Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
HR Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $2020 + GST
HR Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1840 + GST
HR Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1660 + GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3630 + GST $3630 + GST

* This option is for service providers to HR professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

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    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are exclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of HR Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.