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Gold Coast Conference - June 2019

Thursday 6 June 2019 (Day 1)

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Note: All timings and sequence are indicative at this time




9.00am - 10.00am

Registration and tea/coffee


10.00am - 10.05am

Opening Comments

Michelle Clarke, 2019 AUSFOG Chair

10.05am - 10.20am

Welcome to Country

John Graham, Senior Learning Assistance Officer, GUMURRII Unit, Griffith University

10.20am - 10.35am

Welcome to delegates

Peter Bryant, Vice President Corporate Services, Griffith University

10.35am - 11.15am Western Growth Peter Pickering, Vice-President (Finance & Resources), Western Sydney University

11.15am - 11.55am

Universities Australia update

Dr Siwei Goo, Senior Economist, Universities Australia

11.55am - 12.35pm

21st Century Finance - What are the key trends and challenges facing Finance functions in the 21st Century? 
How does automation, AI and advanced analytics change the game for university finance functions? 
What are some of the leading universities doing globally?

David Sacks, Partner, PwC

12.35pm - 1.20pm



1.20pm - 2.00pm

Lessons learned in developing a financial attribution model at USQ

Melanie Reimann, Director, Financial Reporting & Budgets, USQ

2.00pm - 2.40pm

Griffith Integrity Program

Suganthi Sivasubramanium, Head, Finance Business Improvement, Griffith University

2.40pm - 3.20pm

AUPN update and Procurement Hub Interactive Session

Scott Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer, Australian Catholic University, UPH Chair

3.20pm - 3.40pm

Afternoon Tea


3.40pm - 4.20pm

Tax Update

Steve Allan and Stephen O'Flynn, ShineWing

4.20pm - 5.00pm

Mental health in workplaces: Issues for employees, managers and organisations

Professor Kate Hutchings, Professor of Human Resource Management, Griffith University


Closing comments and dinner arrangements

Michelle Clarke, 2019 AUSFOG Chair

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Pre-Dinner drinks 


7.30pm - 10.30pm Conference Dinner

Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim, Neuroscientist, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University


Friday 7 June 2019 (Day 2)

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217




9.00am - 9.05am


Michelle Clarke, 2019 AUSFOG Chair

9.05am - 9.45am

Universities and Economic Development in their region

Ben Apted, Principal, SPP Consulting

9.45am - 10.25am

‘Partnerships' in the University sector – how do we equip our staff for the increased commercial requirements of this new model?

Taryn Rulton, Director, Financial Transformation and Andrew Peacock, Chief Procurement Officer, LaTrobe University

10.25am - 10.45am

Morning Tea


10.45am - 11.25am

University Structures and Shared Services - Essential Elements for Success

Andrew Evans, General Manager (Academic), Federation University

11.25am - 11.45am

AASB staff interpretation of research revenue recongnition David Wright, Director, Financial Control and Treasury, Financial Services, Operations Portfolio, The University of Sydney

11.45am - 12.45pm

Deakin University's Finance Transformation - implementation of the cloud-based Workday ERP system and beyond (including roundtable discussions)

Vanessa Evans, Deputy CFO, Deakin University

12.45pm - 1.30pm



1.30pm - 2.10pm

Procurement @ Curtin

Philip Thomas, Director Financial Operations and Strategic Procurement, Curtin University

2.10pm - 2.40pm

Facilitated discussion on conference take-aways

Ben Spragge, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis and Howard Ward, Deputy CFO & Financial Controller, Griffith University

2.40pm - 2.55pm

Closing comments, Date of next conference

Michelle Clarke, 2019 AUSFOG Chair

2.55pm - 3.40pm

Bus transfers to Gold Coast Airport