About the Professional Staff Conference
The 2020 Professional Staff Conference committee is led by Stephanie Spence (Chair) and Shelley Green (Deputy Chair).
2020 Virtual Professional Staff Conference
For the first time ever, the Professional Staff Conference will be held virtually – this is an incredible opportunity to learn, network and engage with your peers from the comfort of your own home
The Professional Staff Conference highlights best practices, shares ideas and provides personal development and networking opportunities to our vibrant professional staff community.
Established in 2014 and co-founded by three professional staff, the conference aims to explore best practices, report project outcomes and share new trends and opportunities, while engaging staff through motivational and creative means.
Delivered within a project framework, the conference broadens networks and encourages collaboration across the University’s different campuses , while contributing to the sustained excellence of services supporting learning, teaching, research and engagement.
- Celebrates the contributions made by professional staff to thesuccess of the University
- Acknowledges the expertise and passion of professional staff through presentations that showcase innovation in higher education administration
- Provides participants and organisers with mentoring and professional development opportunities
- Creates time for networking, collegiality and fun
The Professional Staff Conference is organised by a Committee of volunteers from around the University of Melbourne.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the committee via email at
2020 Professional Staff Conference
Building Resilient Futures
Sub-themes: Building Capability and Adapting to Change
Save the Date: 14-18 September 2020
This year’s Professional Staff Conference will be a virtual conference, leveraging technology to bring University staff an innovative and collaborative conference experience.
We hope you can join us for the 2020 Professional Staff Conference: Building Resilient Futures.
Further information will become available shortly.
Call for Presenters
Reflecting the values articulated in the University’s Advancing Melbourne strategy, the Professional Staff Conference provides a platform to share the diverse knowledge, viewpoints and experiences of our community. The 2020 PSC Committee warmly invites submissions from professional staff of all backgrounds, and is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming event featuring a diverse range of speakers. Submissions from individuals or teams of presenters are welcome.
Submissions open Monday 20 July and close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 12 August.
- Download the Presenter Submission Guidelines
- Apply via the online presenter submission form - please note the form needs to be completed in a single session. You are unable to return to the form at a later date.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Committee via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2020 Committee
Hello from the 2020 planning committee! As we haven't been able to meet in person yet, here's our team photo, Brady-Bunch style.
We're excited to bring you this year's conference (which is always amazing) in a virtual format, and have lots of ideas up our sleeve to make it engaging, inspiring and fun!
Have a question or comment? We'd love to hear from you!
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Highlights from the 2019 Professional Staff Conference
People - Our most Important Asset
Over 750 staff from across the university came together to share ideas and experiences and gain new knowledge at the 2019 UOM Professional Staff Conference.
The event was centred around the themes of working in harmony, connecting with others, and the importance of valuing all members of the University’s community.
This year, the PSC featured a number of new initiatives including:
- a fantastic Wellness at Work Room: an interactive space highlighting the importance of self-care, health and wellbeing
- a Panel Discussion around the theme of Career evolution and leadership
- the PSC Challenge, to encourage participants to form new, meaningful connections with the colleagues
- a Conference App, full of information of the conference, meaning no programs were printed!
The event survey showed that:
- 94% of survey respondents were satisfied with the conference and would recommend it to their colleagues.
- 85% of participants learned something new that they could apply in their role.
- 73% of participants made new connections at the conference.
- 94% of survey respondents rated the keynotes as good or excellent and that they were happy with the conference structure.
- 80% said they would be happy with a one-day, off-site conference for future events.
"Absolutely LOVED it! And raved about it to my team, who I will encourage to attend next year. I can tell a lot of thought has gone into it."
"I've never been to a Professional Staff Conference and I was highly impressed and I really valued the opportunity to attend."
"Overall I think it was really well organised, highly enjoyable for the participant and balanced enough networking time to talk with people you hadn't seen in ages. I highly recommend."
“I thought it was an excellent conference, with seamless processes and some great new initiatives. Congratulations to the whole committee, and JJ, for a very professional and high quality event."
Read more all about the University of Melbourne's 2019 Professional Staff Conference - written by Amber Rose.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the committee via email firstname.lastname@example.org