Graduate Employability Forum

Enhancing graduate employability and building bolder industry partnerships for a new generation of career-ready talent

The job market is changing at a more rapid pace than ever, influenced by emerging industries and disruptive business models. It is estimated that some 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist. Today's job markets and in-demand skills will look significantly different than the ones we’ll see in the next five to ten years.

What does this mean for our current undergraduates?
How do we ensure that Australian students graduate with the right skills, job aptitudes and learning competencies needed to succeed in a new knowledge economy?

Today, the importance of embedding employability as a critical value and mindset throughout the higher education sector has never been stronger. Australia’s education sector has to work closely with industry representatives to understand how to shape the next phase of work-based learning and build a new generation of work-ready graduates.

Back in its second year, the Graduate Employability Forum will bring together the nation’s most influential leaders from the industry and higher education institutions to provide you with the latest trends and best-practice strategies for boosting graduate employability and establishing industry partnerships.

This two-day event gives you access to 27 seasoned leaders comprising of Pro Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Teaching and Learning from universities, as well as HR directors from leading organisations. Key speakers include:-

Innes Willox 
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Group
  Professor Dineli Mather
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate Employment
Deakin University
  Andrew Norton
Program Director of Higher Education
Grattan Institute
  Julie Duncan
Director Talent Acquisition
PwC Australia 

Across 13 in-depth presentations, 4 interactive panel discussions and 2 roundtable sessions, delegates will gain insights on:

  1. Major trends and challenges for the graduate labour market
  2. Embedding employability into academic curriculum with case studies from top metropolitan and regional universities
  3. Leveraging bolder industry-university connections for win-win employment outcomes
  4. Implementing a multidisciplinary, industry-focused approach to teaching and influence employability from high schools
  5. Discover how top employers are sourcing and engaging their talent
  6. Developing sustainable industry linkages through vocational education
  7. Empowering students and giving them ownership of employment outcomes


This forum will provide you with an unrivalled networking opportunity, strategies to redesign your employability and engagement programs, and the opportunity to benchmark against industry best practices.

Top reasons to attend:

  1. Swinburne University, Deakin University, La Trobe University unveil how they are paving the road to employability by aligning their undergraduate and PhD curriculum with industry needs 
  2. Determine how employers can work with TAFEs to enable successful partnership outcomes 
  3. Will today’s graduates want to work for you? Explore effective platforms employers use to source and engage with top graduate talents and how to position yourselves as an attractive employer


Directors, Heads, Managers and Specialists who are responsible for:

  • Academic, Learning and Teaching (Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Provost)
  • Career Services and Development
  • Student Engagement
  • Employment/Training/Employability 
  • Internships, Work Placements
  • Industry and Employer Engagement 
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Graduate Skills
  • Human Resources, People and Culture
  • Talent and Recruitment
  • Campus or Graduate Recruitment
  • Workforce Planning
  • Industry Associations


Acknowledge Education, Performance Education Group, Education Services Australia, Edith Cowan College, Open Colleges, Kaplan Business School, Navitas, Holmesglen, St Patrick’s Technical College, Box Hill Institute, Australian National University, Monash University, Deakin University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Victoria University, Laureate International Universities, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle, Swinburne University, University of Queensland, La Trobe University, Melbourne Business School, Southern Cross University, Charles Sturt University, University of Southern Queensland, CQUniversity Australia, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Graduate Careers Australia, Australian Industry Group, Grattan Institute, Universities Australia, Liberty Financial, PwC, Newcrest Mining, BP, GE Australia, Aecom, BAE Systems, Deloitte, Opturion, CSIRO


“Great networking and combination of industry and higher education representatives.”
- Organisational Development Specialist, Queensland Urban Utilities
“My highlights were the variety of speaker topics, and the flow of both days. I really enjoyed the content.”
- Senior Human Resources Manager, Pitcher Partners
“Great to get an update in the employability area and to see what other universities and industry are doing”
- Director of Employability & Career Services, Adelaide University
“Good opportunity to network, and there were valuable and insightful topics.”
- Team Leader (Industry Programs), The University of Melbourne
“My highlight from the event is hearing from a diverse range of speakers and conference delegates including industry, HR, universities, TAFEs and academics. Really enjoyed the panels, it’s great to hear different perspectives from a range of people. It was also more engaging.”
- Career Services Manager – External Relations, University of Sydney Business School

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