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Workplace Productivity Symposium Program

9:30am: Registration and coffee

First stage - Overview and Policy Agenda

Chair: Professor Paul Gollan, Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University.

Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Professor Mark Gabbott - Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics Macquarie University.

The Big Issues on Workplace Productivity:

  • Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Understanding Productivity at the Workplace: A Union Perspective

  • Tim Lyons, Assistant Secretary, ACTU

How can the Industrial Relations System help Productivity?

  • Justice Iain Ross AO, President, Fair Work Australia
11:20am: Morning Tea

Second Stage - State of play on research

Chair: Professor Ray Markey, Director, Centre for Workforce Futures, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. 

New approaches to productivity and micro-economic reform in the mixed economy: with an application to the workplace

  •  Dr Nicholas Gruen, CEO, Lateral Economics

Perceptions of Workplace Productivity from Managers Practices

  • Professor Roy Green, Dean, The Dean's Unit, University of Technology, Sydney

The Role of Employee Voice and Engagement in Workplace Productivity

  • Professor Paul Gollan, Professor of Management at Macquarie University
  • Dr Senia Kalfa, Research Fellow, Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University
1:00pm: Lunch

Third Stage - Practice and processes

Chair: Rachel Nickless, Editor, Work Space, Australian Financial Review

Breaking down the barriers to Workplace Productivity

  • Erik Locke, Director of Marketing and Policy, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers (APESMA)

Productivity and Skills - The Challenge for Australia

  • Robin Shreeve, CEO, Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency
2:40 pm

Workplace Productivity in the Mining Industry

  • Steve Knott, Chief Executive, Australian Mines and Metals Association
3:00pm Question and Answer Session
3:10pm Afternoon tea

Fourth Stage - The Great Debate

Chair: Peter Roberts, Senior Writer, Australian Financial Review

Workplace Productivity - Where do we go from here?

  • Anna Booth, Deputy President, Fair Work Australia
  • Dr. Ross Gittins AM, Economics Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Dr. Nicholas Gruen, CEO, Lateral Economics
  • Alec Bashinsky, National Partner of People and Performance, Deloitte
  • Steve Vamos, President, Society for Knowledge Economics

Close and wrap-up

  • Professor Ray Markey, Director, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University