APSCo Australia's full-day conference for recruitment and staffing leaders








 Watch the highlight video from Emerge 2024


The recruitment landscape is shifting

Emerge 2024 is back with a powerhouse of content and speakers that will tackle the key themes impacting the professional recruitment market over the coming months and years.

Join us on Thursday May 30 at Sydney’s Dockside, when we bring together an impressive speaker line up that offers experience, expertise, insight and influence - all brought to life in interactive panels and keynote sessions. 

Emerge 2024 will delve into business-critical topics:

  • New Market Conditions: Understand todays market conditions, key themes and challenges and hiring insights from employers.

  • Global Outlook & International Lessons: It often pays to look up and beyond our own backyard and learn the successes and failures from other regions around the world.

  • The Leadership Conundrum: One of the most topical issues facing the profession right now is leadership. 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I): Dive into building a more diverse and inclusive workplace and learn how to attract and retain top talent.

  • Technology & AI in Recruitment: Uncover the latest advancements in HR technology and AI and learn how to leverage them to optimize your recruitment process.

  • The Future of Work: Explore the evolving workplace trends and equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate the future of recruitment.

Gain the cutting-edge insights, practical strategies, and valuable connections you need to transform your business, and shape the future of our industry.

Event Resources

Attendees can now view PowerPoint presentations from some of our key presenters.

To access the presentations, you must be logged in to the website. If you do not have log-in details for the APSCo Australia website, please contact Carly Fordred to arrange this for you.

Once logged in, the presentations can be found via the blue My Portal button on the top right hand side of the page.

Please navigate down the left-hand side to My Content > Event Resources.




Welcome to Emerge 2024

8:55am - 9:00am

Presented by Lesley Horsburgh, Managing Director, APSCo Australia




Emerge Open and Welcome

8:45am - 9:00am

Lelsey Horsburgh, Managing Director, APSCo Australia


Keynote Session
The new market conditions

9:00am - 9:30am

Presented by Martin Herbst, CEO, JobAdder.



Global Outlook

9:30am -  9:50am

Presented by Ann Swain, CEO, APSCo Global

APSCo Global CEO Ann Swain opens our Lessons learned from overseas session with an outlook on the global recruitment market, sharing market conditions, growth projections and Member sentiment from around the globe.



Panel Session
Lessons learned from overseas

9:50am - 10:45am

Facilitated by Ann Swain, CEO, APSCo Global

Russell Webb, Owner & Director, Claverdon Consulting

Tom Woods, Director, Woods & Co.

Christine Wright, CEO, Bluefin Resources

This panel will discuss operational and cultural conditions, margin pressure and client expectations and attitudes across International markets, exploring how Australian businesses can learn from the successes and failures of some of the most established and thriving recruitment markets in the world.

Whether you are considering an expansion into new geographies, or eager to apply best practice approaches from the $200 billion staffing market of the US, this session will examine how Australian firms can leverage the knowledge of mature markets and harness the experience of others.




10:45am - 11:15am 



The Leadership Challenge

11:20am - 11:35am

Presented by Ben Richardson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Odyssey Group

Ben Richardson will open on the ‘leadership challenge’ facing all of us within the recruitment industry today. He will be joined on stage by ‘three of the best’ who will share their experiences, insights, and address how they overcome the challenges they face in their respective recruitment leadership roles.



Panel Session
The Leadership Challenge

11:35am - 12:30pm

Facilitated by Ben Richardson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Odyssey Group

Rachel Jones

Samantha Miklos, CEO, Cornerstone Medical Recruitment

Ross Thompson, Group CEO, PeopleIN

This panel will discuss how to manage growth, drive productivity and profitability in an industry with a large portion of the recruitment workforce that may not now be fit for purpose in today’s market conditions, coupled with legislation mandating the ‘hours’ of a working week, the ‘right to disconnect’, and a globally tightening economy. How do you lead, motivate, and engage your teams to do more for less today?




Keynote Session
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Presented by Steven Asnicar, Director, Diversity Australia

In a world where the tapestry of the workforce is as diverse as it is dynamic, understanding and integrating the core principles of diversity and inclusion into leadership practices is not just a necessity—it's a catalyst for organizational success and innovation. This keynote is a masterclass designed to dissect and disseminate the global standards of diversity and inclusion, equipping leaders with a robust framework to foster an equitable workplace where every voice is heard, and every individual is empowered.

Steven Asnicar will take you on a deep dive into the six hallmark traits that epitomize highly inclusive leaders—cognizance of bias, curiosity, cultural intelligence, collaboration, commitment, and courage. These are not just attributes but actionable tools that, when harnessed, can transform leaders and their organizations. This session is more than a keynote; it's a journey to the heart of inclusive leadership, blending rigorous theoretical insights with practical, real-world applications. Attendees will leave not just inspired but armed with the knowledge and strategies to champion diversity and inclusion within their realms, creating workplaces that thrive on respect, engagement, and collective achievement.

Don't miss this opportunity to redefine leadership through the lens of diversity and inclusion. Let's pave the way for a future where leadership is not just about directing teams, but about building communities within our organizations that celebrate and harness the power of diversity.




1:15pm - 2:05pm



Insights on Tech


2:05pm - 2:25pm

Presented by Eoghan Doherty, Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts

Technology and AI are revolutionising traditional recruitment practices, streamlining processes and enhancing candidate experiences. 

Eoghan Doherty, Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) opens our Tech and AI session with insights from SIA's research concerning the technology utilised within staffing firms.

Eoghan will detail the implications of emerging developments on the technological ecosystem, and strategies for staffing firms to respond and ready themselves for potential disruptions introduced by AI and other innovative technologies.

Be prepared to gain invaluable insights and walk away with actionable strategies and tips needed to navigate your own digital transformation with confidence.



Panel Session
Insights on Tech

2:25pm - 3:20pm

Facilitated by Eoghan Doherty, Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts

Adam Edmondson, CEO and Founder, 2cloudnine

Chris English, CIO, Randstad ANZ & SEA

Tania Evans, Founder & CEO, WorkPro

Tony Gee, Head of Digital Services, Allegis Group





3:20pm - 3:40pm



Keynote Session
The Reality of Modern Work and Building a Thriving Workplace  

3:40pm - 4:35pm 

Presented by Dominic Price, Work Futurist, Atlassian

Dominic Price will be discussing the future of work from a different perspective. He'll be focusing on the reality of modern work and sharing actionable steps that we can take right now to create a better and thriving workplace. Join him as we explore how to make our workplace awesome for our employees, our organization, and our customers.

Presented by Dominic Price, Work Futurist, Atlassian


Emerge 2024 Close

4:35pm - 4:40pm




4:40pm - 6:30pm




Martin Herbst, CEO, JobAdder

Keynote: New Market Conditions



Ann Swain, CEO, APSCo Global 

Presentation: Global Oultook



Thomas Woods, Director, Woods & Co   

Panel: Lessons learned from overseas



Russell Webb, Owner & Director, Claverdon Consulting

Panel: Lessons learned from overseas



Christine Wright, CEO, Bluefin Resources Group

Panel: Lessons learned from overseas



Ben Richardson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Odyssey Group

Presentation: The Leadership Challenge



Rachel Jones

Panel: The Leadership Challenge



Samantha Miklos, CEO, Cornerstone Medical Recruitment

Panel: The Leadership Challenge



Ross Thompson, Group CEO, PeopleIN

Panel: The Leadership Challenge



Steven Asnicar, Director, Diversity Australia

Keynote: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion




Eoghan Doherty, Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts


Presentation: Insights on Tech



Tania Evans, Founder & CEO, WorkPro

Panel: Insights on Tech



Adam Edmondson, CEO & Founder, 2cloudnine

Panel: Insights on Tech



Chris English, CIO Randstad AUN & SEA

Panel: Insights on Tech


Tony Gee, Head of Digital Services, Allegis Group

Panel: Insights on Tech


Dominic Price, Work Futurist, Atlassian

Keynote: The Future of Work





TargetRecruit is a cloud-based ATS/CRM that is fully configurable and customisable for Large Recruitment Fims looking for a system that fits around them.

From front office to middle office, it’s a powerful and flexible solution, built on the world’s #1 platform.

TargetRecruit helps recruitment firms reduce candidate time-to-engage and cost, whilst generating a faster time-to-hire, better workforce retention and business compliance through powerful cloud technology.

Website: au.targetrecruit.com 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/targetrecruitau
Contact: Joe Duffy, Sales Director joe.duffy@targetrecruit.com



Astute Payroll by Deel is an award-winning pay-bill SaaS platform, designed to take the complexities out of workforce management.

Purpose-built for managing temporary and contingent workforces, it’s the ultimate middle-office software, providing a compliant and streamlined solution for a wide range of businesses and industries. 
With Astute, you’ll experience automation at its best, with standard functionality including:
Online timesheets
Award Interpretation

Contact: Quenby Murphy, Team Lead, Marketing quenby.murphy@deel.com



JobAdder is the ATS and CRM that recruiters love to use. It’s made for recruitment agencies, staffing firms and talent acquisition teams who want everything in one place without the complexity.

Use it as a standalone platform or plug and play with 10+ add-ons, 100+ partners and 200+ job boards to create a custom recruitment management solution.

Join us today to discover why we have a CSAT score of 99% from 26,000+ users worldwide.

Website: https://jobadder.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jobadder-com/ 
Contact: Daniel Hill, APAC Sales Director dhill@jobadder.com 
Xemplo is a contractor management platform that handles workforce compliance, timesheets, billing and payroll. Sitting between your ATS and Accounting platforms, Xemplo helps recruitment and staffing agencies to manage even the most complex of contingent workforce scenarios, without the requirement for spreadsheets, manual data entry and massive operations teams. 

So agencies can effortlessly manage the end-to-end contractor management lifecycle while ensuring compliance with local employment laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions.  
Website: https://www.xemplo.com/  
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/company/xemplo 
Contact: Nick Maltby, Xemplo's Business Generation Representative - nick.maltby@xemplo.com