About Me

A career path - the destination or the journey?

Alison Toohey

Alison Toohey

Jenny McCallum

Jenny McCallum

Presenters: Alison Toohey - Wannon Water, VIC & Jenny McCallum - Victorian Auditor General's Office, VIC

When: Tuesday 10.50am-11.30am

Where: Meeting Rooms P7 & P8

Stream: About Me

Jenny and Alison both commenced their information management careers within a smaller regional council or authority environment. 

Jenny and Alison’s career paths then changed direction, with Jenny exploring and taking up opportunities within Melbourne at VAGO, and Alison taking an internal opportunity to second in a Business Analyst role, maintaining her links to a regional authority.

Jenny and Alison will explore how these changes in direction have either enhanced or hindered the progression of their career paths and opportunities, and the different opportunities that can present in a metropolitan location versus regional areas.

We lay down the gauntlet to attendees to take charge of their own career development by identifying opportunities for professional development, whether this be in a metropolitan environment, or by pursuing more diverse or lateral career opportunities.

Being an emotionally healthy leader

Sandra Pickett

Sandra Pickett

Presenter: Sandra Pickett - Victoria University, VIC

When: Wednesday 9.45am-10.25am

Where: Meeting Rooms P7 & P8

Stream: About Me

Being a manager or leader is more than just attending meetings, managing budgets, setting goals and delivering objectives.  Leading teams is not always easy and can be extremely challenging.  Often it’s difficult to achieve the right balance between output and fostering professional relationships through collaboration.  Unfortunately I am aware of many instances whereby highly competent individuals have left their dream jobs because of the toxic relationships between them and their supervisors.  Leaders in the workforce play a vital role in getting the work done through others however, their level of effectiveness and the respect they receive or expect depends on their reactions and behaviours. This paper explores the attributes of a holistic leader and the importance of drawing on one’s professional and life experiences to be a good leader and not just mediocre.  Your current views and ideals on what constitutes an effective leader could very well be challenged.  This session targets individuals who are open to self reflection and have an interest in exploring what type of leader they are and/or inspire to be.

Continuing Professional Development for Records staff

Chris Fripp

Chris Fripp

Presenter: Chris Fripp - Relevancy, NSW

When: Tuesday 11.35am-12.15pm

Where: Meeting Rooms P7 & P8

Stream: About Me

Training is an educational process. People can learn new information, re-learn and reinforce existing knowledge and skills, and most importantly have time to think and consider what new options can help them improve their effectiveness at work. Training can be used as a proactive means for developing skills and expertise to prevent problems from arising and can also be an effective tool in addressing any skills or performance gaps among staff. Whether formal or informal, the big question for a lot of people is “What Do They Need?”

Training for personal success

Chris Foley

Chris Foley

Presenter: Chris Foley - Foley Business Consulting, VIC

When: Monday 3.35pm-4.15pm

Where: Meeting Rooms P7 & P8

Stream: About Me

Professional Development in the digital age is about our own empowerment. It is less about how do ‘we’ prepare ourselves for our work and more about how ‘I’ prepare myself. This apparent subtle shift in language from ‘we’ to ‘I’ reflects the deeper changes wrought on the workplace by digital technologies. The modern workplace is not static. Roles are constantly evolving and do not fit into the neat occupational boxes of the past. Similarly, systems are constantly changing and increasingly centered around how I do my work, what capabilities and information I need, and the ways I want to interact with the technology. Therefore, our approaches to Professional Development must change as well. It is less about what bodies of knowledge and skills I need, and more about refining and challenging my capacity to learn new ways of approaching problems. Learning how to learn is the new catch-phrase.

What about me? Investing in an information governance profession

Linda Zakman

Linda Zakman

Presenter: Linda Zakman - National Archives of Australia, ACT

When: Wednesday 9.00am-9.40am

Where: Meeting Rooms P7 & P8

Stream: About Me

Now that we have undergone digital transition, what do we do now?

Many information and records management professionals are confronted and challenged by the direction their profession is taking.

The presentation explores the emergence of information governance roles in the public and private sectors and looks into the  Archives’ Digital Continuity 2020 Policy and its call for a chief information governance (CIGO) role in each Government agency. This new role contributes to a more professional and accountable information management environment that brings people, technology and processes together.

Information governance has gained momentum globally, and is recognised as essential to manage the volume variety and velocity of information assets. The presentation will also cover the appropriate skills and capability information governance professionals need to meet the demands of a complex information and data centric environment.

The Archives, as the leader in Government information governance, has an important role in providing advice to agencies on information roles and responsibilities and promoting career pathways from entry level, through to the senior executive level. The Archives is committed to releasing additional guidance to help Government agencies have appropriately skilled information professionals by 2020 and beyond.

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