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NECA Tasmania members: Please note, 10 CPD Points will be allocated for the Conference. More details on how these will be collected will be sent to you prior to the event

DAY 1 - Friday 22 March 2024

From 2.00pm 

Arrivals and check-in at your Hotel

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Welcome Reception at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, IXL Atrium
(Hosted by Clipsal Schneider Electric)

DAY 2 - Saturday 23 March 2024


Free time for exploring Salamanca Markets




Conference Welcome 

11.00am - 12.00pm


Clipsal Schneider Electric Women in Construction Industry Panel Session 

Irma Beganovic, Director, Government Relations, NECA National

Lucy Finlay, Standardisation & Regulation Manager, Pacific Zone, Schneider Electric

Annah Fromberg, Owner/Marketing & Communications Manager, Contact Group

Mel Moore, Director, GEM Generation Electrical Maintenance

Across the spectrum of gender equity issues within the construction sector, change for women is well overdue, and change is in everyone's interest.

Join this panel discussion led by Irma as she unpacks opportunities for removing barriers to participation in an effort to increase the appeal for women to work in this male-dominated sector.

The floor will be opened to conference delegates to participate in the discussion.

This is your opportunity to contribute ideas that will help us attract, retain, educate, support and empower women, as we create a more gender-equitable workforce in electrotechnology. 

12.00pm - 1.00pm

Workshop on Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Talent (Part 1)

Marnie Jones

Marnie Jones was a management consultant for over 10 years before launching Talent X in 2020.  Dubbed a “People Agency” it is dedicated to building productive happy teams.  Talent X has achieved remarkable success in both its hiring and retention programs for a multitude of businesses. 

Marnie will walk you through trialed, tested and practical hiring tools that will help you find and retain the best possible staff.

1.00pm - 2.00pm 


2.00pm - 4.00pm

Partner Program Activity Time

2.00pm - 3.45pm  

Workshop on Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Talent (Part 2)

Marnie Jones

3.45pm - 4.05pm


4.05pm - 5.00pm

Keynote Presentation:

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: What it Means for You

Matt Michalewicz

Everyone knows the world is changing – with technology re-writing the face of countless industries across the globe – but few people realise that the speed of this change is accelerating. Rapid change is not just a “phase” – it's the new “norm” – with terms like “Artificial Intelligence” entering our everyday vocabulary. As an international expert in advanced technologies – having started, grown, and sold several Artificial Intelligence companies during the past 20 years – Matt Michalewicz will cover:

  • Macro trends that are re-shaping businesses and industries

  • What Artificial Intelligence is and how it tries to “mimic” nature

  • Practical examples of applied Artificial Intelligence across various industries

  • What it all means for you and your business

  • Practical advice for what's coming 

Engaging and educational, this session will draw on facts, case studies, as well as live technology examples to explain each concept



DAY 3 - Sunday 24 March 2024

Free day to explore Hobart and nearby sites  

Book your tours – see Optional Tours

Free Night – take advantage of a free night to book your own dinners and connect with your fellow delegates 

DAY 4 - Monday 25 March 2024



9.30am - 12.00pm 

Partner Program Activity Time 

9.20am - 10.15am

Industrial Relations Session

Lisa Carey, Senior Associate and Industrial Relations Practice Manager, NECA Legal

This session will provide an overview of the Fair Work Legislation (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 which is scheduled to pass both houses of parliament in early 2024.  The session will provide a practical explanation of the impact that the final legislation will have on Electrical Contracting businesses regarding new definitions of employment and casual employment, additional protections against discrimination, same job same pay provisions when using labour hire, additional workplace delegates’ rights, changes to employee redundancy entitlements, enterprise bargaining and new criminal offences relating to underpayments and work, health, and safety.

Should the Bill fail to pass, another relevant topic will be presented.

10.15am - 11.10am

Unplugged: A Frank Conversation about the Future of Energy

Tom Green, Managing Director, Enginuity Power Solutions

Ben Green, Head of muru-D and Incubation, Telstra

Anthea Middleton, CEO, Powering Skills Organisation

Hastak Shah, Channel Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric

Malcolm Noyle, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Development, NHP

Steve Hall, GM Projects, Powering Skills Organisation

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion that delves deep into the transformative effects of clean energy. In this captivating and insightful session, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders and experts who are at the forefront of this monumental shift. We’ll explore how the ongoing race towards a clean energy future is not merely a trend but a seismic shift that is fundamentally reshaping the very landscape of Australia’s electrical sector. From renewable energy and smart-grid technologies to innovative policies and sustainable practices, this discussion will provide an in-depth understanding of how these developments are driving the evolution of our industry. This isn’t just a conversation about the future; it’s a chance to actively participate in shaping it.

11.10am - 11.30am 


11.30am - 12.30pm  

Keynote: Fearless Innovation: Empowering leaders to create a new future

Gus Balbontin

Are you daring enough to change the world? Join this captivating session delving into the mind of someone who defied convention and turned their ambitious vision into a reality. As the business landscape evolves, how can leaders navigate the challenges posed by our slow biological adaption to the new world and rapid technological advancement, while striving to make a significant impact?

We are thrilled to welcome Gus Balbontin, an investor, entrepreneur, founder, and explorer with a remarkable track record in transforming businesses. Gus will take the stage live to share invaluable insights on digital transformation. Drawing from his experiences as the former executive director and CTO of Lonely Planet, Gus will guide delegates on seizing opportunities amidst ongoing disruption. Prepare for an energetic and thought-provoking journey that will inspire you to embrace innovation, let go of the past, and create a new future.

12.30pm - 1.30pm 


1.30pm - 4.00pm 

Partner Program Activity Time 

1.30pm - 3.15pm 

Innovation Workshop

Gus Balbontin

Gus will deliver an Innovation workshop where participants will be given challenges the industry is facing now and groups will be tasked with discussing and solving these challenges.  Groups will be asked to share their discussions with live feedback from the audience.  Workshops run by Gus are super fun and very practical enabling participants to go on the run with them with their own teams long after the conference!  



6.00pm - 11.30pm


Dust off your cowboy boots and hat for a night you will not want to miss, proudly hosted by NHP!


Transport will be provided to Willie Smith's Apple Shed. Times include return bus ride.  Pick up & drop off from Hotel Grand Chancellor and Macq01.

*NECA reserves the right to make program adjustments if / as required.

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