Develop job-ready graduates who are resilient and highly skilled to improve your employment outcomes and bottom-line

4th Annual Graduate Employment Outcomes and Industry Partnerships Conference

Conference: 15 & 16 September 2020 | Post-conference workshop: 17 September 2020   
Now more than ever, it’s essential that tertiary education institutions and industry have a strong working relationship. Graduates are our future workforce, and when it comes to choosing a university or workplace, they vote with their feet. But now that employment conditions are completely different and course prices appear to be radically changing, will these emerging graduates find the jobs they've hoped for? Are they prepared to work flexibly? Will government reforms incentivise jobs in professions that are currently lacking skills? Do university certifications still stack up against more alternative employment routes?
Now in its 4th year, the Graduate Employment Outcomes and Industry Partnerships Conference will help you understand what type of graduates are required to meet the needs of a post-pandemic workplace, how students can be taught to fulfil these needs, and how employers can identify and attract job ready and culturally fit workers. Primarily, this event will leave you with fresh ideas and new contacts that will allow you to forge long-lasting and profitable partnerships.
All industry speakers are from the top 50 graduate employers, participating organisations include:
 Employers and Workplace Advocates Universities and Educational Institutions
  • Microsoft
  • Telstra
  • EY
  • ANZ
  • Department of Finance (WA)
  • Women in STEMM Australia
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Australian Network on Disability
  • University of Sydney 
  • University of New South Wales 
  • RMIT University 
  • Macquaire University 
  • University of Technology Sydney 
  • Curtin University 
  • Deakin University 
  • Australian National University 
  • Torrens University Australia


Cannot make it to the physical event? We have a livestream option available with our ONLINE PASS 


Dr. Craig McInnis

Principal Associate


With more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education research and consulting, Craig McInnis is recognised as one of the region’s leading Higher Education experts and has a particular specialty in quality assurance, academic standards and the promotion of strong student learning outcomes. Having worked with Governments and Universities during his career from countries spanning Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, and Vietnam - Craig brings to this event a wealth of experience in the design and evaluation of degree programmes, international benchmarking, changing academic work roles, quality assurance processes, and system‐level approaches to the development of academic standards. 
 With PhillipsKPA colleagues Craig has been a key consultant on a range of national projects directly related to graduate employability, including most recently: Review of Career Development Services in Tertiary Institutions; Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning; and Quality Assurance of Work Integrated Learning in Australian Higher Education. 

Featured Speakers

Professor Pip Pattison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

University of Sydney

Kate Stewart

Education Partnerships Lead


Katie Novakov

Employability Coordinator, Careers Services

University of Technology Sydney

Weng Pui Lam

University Recruiting Lead


Professor Melissa Knothe Tate

Professor - Faculty of Engineering

University of New South Wales

Cholena Orr

Product Owner – Supporting You With Your Career


Andrew T Harris

Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O’Rourke

Liz Jakubowski

Director and Founder

Ribit (CSIRO)

View all speakers


Takeaways for Employers 

  1. Attract the most talented domestic and international graduates to your workplace
  2. Partner with universities to prepare graduates for your workplace requirements
  3. Learn how to diversify your workplace to boost innovation and your bottom line
  4. Discover alternative recruitment techniques to attract job-ready employees who fit your organisation’s culture
Takeaways for Tertiary Educational Institutions
  1. Discover the best way to deliver job ready degrees 
  2. Improve your graduate employment outcomes to qualify for the maximum funding on offer from the Commonwealth Grant Scheme
  3. Collaborate with industry to develop work-integrated learning experiences for students 
  4. Maintain your course integrity and independence while partnering with industry to enhance employment outcomes
  5. Position yourself as the tertiary institution of choice for international students by presenting clear employment pathways for those on 485 visas


From Tertiary Education Providers:

  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Deans
  • Provost and Faculty managers
  • Careers Managers 
  • Student Employability Consultants
  • Partnerships & Alliance Managers
  • Work Integrated Learning managers
  • College Directors and Principals
  • Student Services Managers
  • Graduate Skills 
  • Internships, Work Placements 
  • Alumni Relations & Services Managers

From Industry:

  • Graduate Program Managers
  • Internship Managers
  • Recruitment Managers
  • Talent Managers & Advisors
  • Heads of HR, People and Culture
  • Workforce Planning Managers
  • Organisational Development Managers
  • Heads of Training & Development

Who Should Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities at the Graduate Employment Outcomes & Industry Partnerships Conference 
Interested in showcasing thought leadership and innovative solutions? Contact or call +61 2 9188 8950.


Team Discounts




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Swissotel Sydney 
68 Market Street, 
Sydney, NSW 2000
T: (02) 9238 8888
Conference room (15-16th September): Maple Room 
Post-Conference Workshop (17th September): Birch Room 
Swissotel Sydney is a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. Surrounded by the city's most exclusive shopping centres such as the historic Queen Victoria Building and Westfield Sydney, Swissotel Sydney is within walking distance to all of Sydney’s famous landmarks and cultural attractions including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.
Getting there: Guests will benefit from ease of access to the city’s transportation system. An underground walkway conveniently connects the hotel to Sydney’s railway hub at Town Hall station, buses are just minutes from the hotel and taxis are at Swissotel’s doorstep. The hotel is located 25 km from Kingsford Smith International Airport.
Self-parking directions
1. Continue west on Market St towards George St
2. Turn right onto Kent St
3. Take the first left into Wilson Parking, 383 Kent St Prior to collecting your car, please visit the front deck to settle the parking fee and have your ticket validated by concierge.