Upcoming Events
Managing the Age of Change - 2006
A Lead Practice Seminar Series for HRM professionals.

AHRI and BWA are presenting ‘Managing the Age of Change’ a lead practice seminar series for human resource management professionals to develop insight to the impacts of workforce ageing on the internal and external business environment. The series consists of three seminars delivered over a three-month period, commencing in May in Adelaide and subsequently in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Over the course of the series, participants will be equipped with the tools and supported to undertake an organisational age profile and to develop a strategic age management plan.

The Lead Practice Series is now in its third year and has been highly acclaimed by participants, offering practical guidance to HRM professionals to develop their skills on one of the most pressing human capital management issues any organisation is currently likely to face.

Adelaide Series - Commences August 10th

Perth Series - Commences August 11th

Melbourne Series - Commences August 15th

Brisbane Series - Commences August 23rd

Sydney Series - Commences August 25th

For full details and bookings, please contact the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Download a registration form.

W ise Workforce Project

This project is funded by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Business Work and Ageing will be running a series of workshops targeting SME's in Melbourne's Inner East from late 2005 to mid 2006. The workshop will be hoping to raise awareness amongst small to medium sized business owners and managers of the impending impact of a quickly ageing workforce.

The project was launched at Swinburne University on Thursday November 24th. In attendance were representatives from DEWR, VECCI, from local job network providers, local councils in the region, members of the Faculty of Business and Enterprise at Swinburne, small business owners from the legal profession, the accounting profession and the wine industry amongst others.

You can read more about the Wise Workforce project on the DEWR website by following the following link -

Wise Workforce Events

Managing Your Business in the Age of Change, 22nd February 2006

City of Boroondara are hosting a business breakfast on Wednesday 22nd of February.  This will be a breakfast seminar commencing at 7.30am for local business owners and managers. If you would like to attend, please contact Damien Woods at BWA or Elissa Grassa at the City of Boroondara - details can be downloaded below.

Download information on this event.

Roosters and Feather Dusters - April 20th, 2006

The City of Stonnington are hosting a business forum on the evening of April 20th discussing the impact of Australia's changing workforce demographics on business in this local council region.

More details to follow shortly.

City of Whitehorse Business Forum - 31st May, 2006

The City of Whitehorse are hosting a business forum on May 31st targeting SME's in their local council region examining better practice in human resources management. BWA in conjunction with VECCI will be looking at simple strategies that businesses can adopt to improve performance in light of the shifting workforce demographics. Participants will also receive the Grey Matters toolkit - a better practice HR quick reference for business owners and managers. SME's attending will also be encouraged to undertake a demographic audit using BWA's audit tools, to get a better understanding of the age profile of their business.

More details to follow shortly.

Jobs Expo 2006 - 23rd August, 2006

Melbourne events group HDA are hosting The Business Show as a lead into this year's Jobs Expo to be help at the Royal Exhibition Buildings on August 25th to 27th. Damien Woods of BWA will be presenting to business representatives on the topic of Australia's demographic shifts and the implication for HR professionals at a breakfast briefing on August 23rd.

More details to follow shortly.

For more information on the Wise Workforce project, you can contact Damien Woods directly on (03) 9214-4316.

Wise Workforce Links

The Dynamic Small Business Magazine website:

WANE Symposium - January 30th 2006


The symposium was a resounding success, with Vice Chancellor Prof. Ian Young welcoming participants and an opening address by BWA Board Member and Member of Parliament, the Honourable Bruce Billson. A lively panel discussion capped off a fascinating range of presentations by the international researchers. We hope soon to be able to provide pod-casts of the presentations here, so please check back soon.

The Workforce Ageing in the New Economy project is a four year international study funded by a Canadian academic funding body which examines how IT workers can remain attached to employment across their working lives (read more below).

The seminar will be attended by international partners from Canada, the United States and European Union and will give an overview of the international project, including country reports and will also begin discussions of policy and practice which will contribute to the 2006 project outcomes.

The symposium took place in January 2006. If you would like further information, please use the contacts below.

Time : 9.45am - 2pm

The Workforce Ageing in the New Economy (WANE) Project

Centre for Business, Work and Ageing

What is WANE?

Workforce Ageing in the New Economy (WANE) is an international project that aims to examine employment and human resources issues in the information technology sector in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the European Union. The project examines the relationships between workforce ageing, employment growth in information technology labour markets, and changes in employment relations in the new economy.

IT is a critical driver of global economies and understanding the industry is vital for further economic development. At the same time, workforces are ageing and will continue to do so for several decades. This has implications for the available labour supply which will increasingly come from the older workforce. Questions which are central to the focus of WANE include: Have IT firms considered the implications of workforce ageing for their firms? Have they made changes to their working environments? Can IT employees manage to remain engaged in IT employment over their lives?

Further Information

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Dr Libby Brooke , Cheree Topple or phone 03 9214 5949 or visit the WANE website ( ).



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