Are you a networking machine, or an absolute information absorber? Well HR conferences in Australia must be your best friend! If you are none of these, just a leader in the HR industry, then you should be attending these things anyway. So to make life easy, we have compiled a list of the top 5 HR conferences taking place in Australia.

And if you are feeling really adventurous and looking to travel the world while visiting international HR conferences, be sure to check out our blog ‘What are the World’s Best HR Conferences’, coming soon.

1. National HR Summit

When is the National HR summit: 

2019:  26 – 27 March

2020: 11-12 August


2019: Luna Park Sydney

2020: Virtual (COVID-19)

Short description:

The National HR Summit is the flagship of a series of HR leadership events held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. No matter how you are involved in HR, the National HR Summit has got you covered as it splits into three conference streams including the main expo and a forum specifically for HR directors. The summit also includes an expansive industry expo and a program of free networking opportunities (think mini pies – oh yeah!) and smaller group workshops. 

The National HR Summit provides an event experience that is unique on the HR industry calendar.

2. Aspire HRD Summit

When is the Aspire HRD summit

2019: March 28 (workshop) + April 2-3 (conference)

2020: Not announced (COVID-19)


2019: The International Convention Centre. Sydney

2020: not announced

Short description:

Aspire HRD Summit brings together corporate leaders and HR practitioners to discuss solutions on critical areas of business: HR Transformation, Employee Experience, Disruption & Innovation, Leadership Development and Talent Management. Keynote speakers are from ASX 100 companies, including Atlassian, Unilever, Coca Cola Amatil, Medibank, Microsoft, and more.

3. HR Tech Summit 

When is the HR Tech Summit

2019: 12 September

2020: 9 September


2019: The Westin, Sydney

2020: Virtual (COVID-19)

Short description: 

As suggested by the name, this event focuses on technology within the HR industry. It is pretty widely known that technology is going to play an ever increasing role in business, and that will be true for HR departments and workforce management. Technology moves fast, so you need to make sure you keep up with the changes through networking and joining learning from the industry leaders.

4. Gartner ReimagineHR Conference

When is the HR Tech Summit

2019: 6 – 7 August

2020: Cancelled (COVID-19)


2019: Hilton Sydney Hotel

2020: Cancelled (COVID-19)

Short description:

Built on forward-thinking HR research, this conference will give you hands-on, how-to advice on Development and performance, Leadership and talent management, Recruiting and assessments, Diversity and inclusion, Talent and learning analytics. Attending a Gartner conference can help spur new ideas, fast-track project strategy and execution, and advance your professional skills.

5. HR Innovation & Tech Fest


2019: 18 – 19 November

2020: 9-10 December


2019: ICC Sydney

2020: ICC Sydney

Short description:

HR Innovation & Tech Fest is Australia’s most exciting and progressive gathering of HR leaders, difference-makers and disruptors with focus on talent, technology and ideas transforming the future of work. This event includes days of learning and innovation on HR Tech, L&D, Digital Transformation, Talent, Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing and Engagement.

Why should you attend HR conferences in Australia?

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know! 

The number one reason to attend conferences is to immerse yourself in the HR industry. What could possibly be more thought provoking than being amongst thought leaders, technology leaders and near a constant stream of black coffee?

So the question should be less ‘should I attend HR conferences’ and more ‘which one should I go to?’ There are hundreds of HR conferences organised each and every year around the world. Even within Australia, there are too many for even the most motivated networkers to attend them all. The team here at Worknice think the 5 HR conferences above are the largest and most popular among them all.  

Attending these HR conferences is an incredibly fun way to learn about the latest HR industry insights and hear from HR thought leaders. So what are you waiting for? Pick a few of these HR conferences and book your ticket right away! 🙂

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