Furnishing futures 2016 Conference
7-8 July Australia’s Furnishing Industry Recognised VET Professional Development Event
Program Day 1 – Thursday 7 July
|9:00||Master of Ceremonies:
Jo Pearson (United Kingdom)
Introduction to the Conference:
Carlo Gosatti, Chair, Australian Furniture Association (Western Australia, Australia)
VET Reform and how it has impacted on the Furnishing Industry
Senator Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia, (South Australia, Australia)
|10:30||Panel: Succeeding from local to global markets
The Australian economy is an integral part of the global economy. Australian businesses no longer focus only on the domestic Australian marketplace.
Global competition grows as Australia signs more Free Trade Agreements with our Asian neighbours. So how will this affect the Australian furnishing industry and the skills required to succeed in global markets?
Panel members will outline the issues facing the industry, identify the skills required to successfully compete in a global marketplace and their experiences so far.
Diane Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia
Andrew Clarke, Partner, Aitken Partners, (Victoria, Australia)
Alec Blacklaw, Principal, Blacklaw Advisory, (Victoria, Australia)
|11:30||Panel: Business Tools – secrets to succeeding with the business tools of the trade
Point-of-sale, inventory and stock control, workflow and task management, job scheduling, human resources, invoicing, bookkeeping and cloud accounting, eCommerce, warehouse management, communication — tools to help make the complex stuff simple so you can make the good stuff better.
This session builds on the previous session. Panel members will share the ‘secrets’ to successful business transactions in global markets.
Brett Hansen, Hansens Accounting, (Victoria, Australia)
Tony Harcourt, CEO, Rype, (Queensland, Australia)
|1:45||Panel: The new era of manufacturing
Australia has already entered the new era of manufacturing; we are just too caught up in old ideas of ‘what manufacturing is’ to understand. Learn about the recent world developments and how these can be applied in Australia. Listen to some of the nation’s leaders in manufacturing innovation. Learn about the latest thinking in global trends straight from the World Manufacturing Forum of IMS
John Sheridan, CEO, Digital Business insights, (Queensland, Australia)
Michael Siddons, Senior BDM, A2K Technologies (NSW, Australia)
|3:15||Panel: Skills and Accreditation in the Australian Furnishing Community of Practice Network (AFCoPN)
The Australian Skills Quality Authority Users’ Guide of Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) explicitly outlines the requirements for RTO’s to consult with industry on development of training programs, assessment strategies, and resource development.
Participants of AFCoPN systematically uses the outcome of industry engagement to ensure continuous valid industry feedback is provided for:
a. training and assessment strategies, practices and resources; and
b. current industry skills of trainers and assessors.
Simona Jobbagy, Head of Department, Design, Media and ICT, Swinburne University, (Victoria, Australia)
Gary Dunshea, Industry Liaison Officer, Manufacturing Skills Australia (NSW, Australia)
|4:15||Panel: The Impact of Recalls on Your Business
The high level of media attention focused on furniture recalls in the past 12 months has caused a great deal of concern for wholesalers, retailers and consumers alike. Learn more from those who have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly ramifications and the business impacts that reverberate throughout the whole industry when recalls are activated. What are the steps taken by proactive companies to avoid such negative outcomes? Our panellists will cover the steps to take to mitigate such risks.
Stephan Pesch, Vice- General Manager - Hardlines-South Greater China, TUV Rheinland, (Ghanzhou, China)
Barbara Geens, Chair of the National Retail Association’s Technical Standards Committee, (NSW, Australia)
Ian Burton, Technical Manager, AFRDI, (Tasmania, Australia)
|5:00||Close of Day 1|