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OPEX National Forum

Operational Excellence National Forum will be held in August 2018, Gold Coast, QLD. This is the premier conference in Australia for the fields of all things about Operational Excellence with several streams and with dozens of practitioner presentations. — Lana May, Forum Manager

When and where?

CML 2014 when and where
Mantra Legends Hotel – Gold Coast
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21-22 August 2018 • Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise • T 1800 811 454. SIRF Rt discount rate: $110 per night (includes GST)

Key event dates

Wayne   Wayne
Mantra Legend Hotel,
Gold Coast
  Mantra Legend Hotel,
Gold Coast
21 & 22 August 2018   23 August 2018

What can you expect

When attending our National Forum, you will enjoy: Three separate streams: Continuous Improvement, Safety and Environment and Supply Chain • Two Keynote presentations • Post conference workshops and training • Numerous exhibitor / trade booths and displays • 24 Quality presentations • Case studies • Discussion groups • Networking • Drinks and canapes • And much more.

CML forum

Great range of speakers, practical and relevant case studies.
— National Forums participant

It was a good couple of days with lots of info and industry contacts.
— National Forums participant

Many thanks again for the exceptional efforts by all with this event.
Once again, very much enjoyed the event and am looking forward to
next year.
— National Forums participant

CML forum

Program overview

The forum will consist of 24 presentations including 2 International keynote speakers and will consist of 3 separate streams,

  1. Safety,
  2. Supply Chain,
  3. Continuous Improvement.

 Dr Tim Baker   Director at Winners at Work.
 Jamie Getgood   Production Manager at US Synthetic
 David Cookson   Industry Support and Outreach Scientist at Australian Synchrotron
 Oliver Morfeld   Operations Manager at Cimpress
 Ian Roberts   Supply Chain Director at Lion
 Mark Albert   General Manager at MTM Automotive
 Troy Krogh   General Manager at Scott Autonomation & Robotics
 Peter Kennedy   Senior Partner at EY Consulting
 Brad Jeavons   Continuous Improvement Manager at Winson
 and many more ...    

Dr Tim Baker

Keynote delivery
by Dr Tim Baker,
Director at Winners at Work.

Joining Toastmasters at 21 to overcome his fear of speaking in public, Tim Baker has come a long way since the early days of sweaty palms.
Dr Tim Baker is a specialist in organisational performance. He has a successful track record in transforming organisational capability through change programs and leadership capability development for 18 years. Organisational effectiveness is Tim’s forte.
He is a disruptive thinker, willing to challenge conventional HR practices and come up with practical, innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Dr Tim Baker

Keynote delivery
by Jamie Getgood,
Senior HR Leader

Jamie is a Senior HR Leader with a proven track record of achievement across Generalist and Specialist HR roles in a number of large multinational organizations.
Jamie’s passion for people, the development and inclusion of his team and the success of the business is evident in the success he has achieved. He is collaborative and innovative and appropriately and constructively challenges the status quo.
With GM Holden closing its manufacturing operations in Australia, he has taken leadership in the closure of the industry with a strong focus around change management and employee engagement principles. The key foundation of this support has been around the development of a best practice Transition Centre to support all employees in the auto industry receiving the support, advice and training to help them transition into new work..


I’m a 3, but she’s a 5; it was her turn this year.”
How many times have you overhead this type of conversation? Performance reviews are a tool, not a being, and yet on performance review day that is how most employees feel.
Studies have found that performance reviews are the second-most disliked work activity by managers after firing employees, and 86 percent of employers’ report being unhappy with their performance management systems. Other research has found that only 8 percent of HR executives thought their performance management systems made a significant contribution to employee performance.
Universal dissatisfaction with the traditional performance management process is causing more and more employers—like Accenture, GE, Microsoft, Abode, and Deliotte, to name a few—to very publicly retire their old performance management systems of rankings and ratings in favor of less formal and more infrequent performance conversations.

Who is this for?

As an organisation whose mission is improving the future of Australian industry, SIRF Roundtables has over 300 member companies in Australia and NZ, covering industries like power generation, mining, chemical, food & beverage, paper, building materials, mineral processing, steel, manufacturing, oil & gas, pharmaceutical & water utilities.

People who would greatly benefit from attending this national forum are Senior and Middle Level Managers, Production Managers, Continuous Improvement and Quality Professionals, HSE Specialists, Supply Chain Managers, Logistics and HR Managers. In short, all who help manage and lead or are involved with Safety, Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain functions in your organisation.


Bayview Eden Hotel Mantra Legends Hotel – Gold Coast

Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise • T 1800 811 454. SIRF Rt discount rate: $110 per night (includes GST)

For assistance with registration, contact Heidi Thompson on 0419 511 767 or email her at


Bulk discount of 15% for 3 or more attendees.
Additional early bird discount of 10% if registered by 21 February 2018.

SIRF and save   General admission SIRF MEMBERS
1 person $1,195 $895
Bulk discount of 15% for 3 or more attendees

SIRF and save   General admission SIRF MEMBERS
1 person $1,240 $940
Bulk discount of 10% for 3 or more attendees

Book now

SIRF members companies enjoy a substantial discount when attending OPEX National Forum. If you are unsure if your company is a SIRF member, call us to find out. Prices exclude GST. * Discount applies 3 or more people are booked at the same time. For assistance with registration or for further information please contact,
— Heidi Thompson on 0419 511 767 or
— Lana May on 0479 028 020, or email her at or

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