Queensland Workforce Strategy - Lunch Box event

Business Chamber Queensland invites you to a Lunch Box event about the Queensland Government’s Good people. Good Jobs. Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022 – 2032, on March 24 featuring a keynote address from the Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development.

This will be followed by a panel discussion about the Future of Work, moderated by Business Chamber Queensland CEO Heidi Cooper featuring;

  • Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
  • Adam Fitzhenry, Head of People Integration and Innovation at Australian Retirement Trust
  • Nick Lindsay, Aerospace Specialist
  • Peter O'Sullivan, Chief People Officer at BDO

Business Chamber Queensland's recently released Future of Work Report supported by Australian Retirement Trust is a valuable asset that supports Queensland businesses to shift their thinking and behaviour in relation to our working future, as well as strategically plan for the opportunities ahead.

The report provides insight into the workforce, workplace, and work life trends expected to influence Queensland businesses over the next decade. It describes how technological, economic, social, political, legal, and environmental shifts will impact the way we undertake work in the future.

Event details

Date: Friday, 24 March

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Venue: BDO Offices

Address: Level 10, 12 Creek St, Brisbane

Lunch will be provided


Keynote Speaker | Honourable Di Farmer MP

The Honourable Di Farmer MP is the Queensland Government Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, and Member for Bulimba.

The issues Di addresses in her portfolio are close to her heart and she is committed to speaking to people in every corner of Queensland about how to help them.

Whether the topic is related to small businesses, social enterprise, workforce shortages, vocational education training (VET), supporting new industries with skilled staff, and so much more, Di is keen to hear how the Government can best tailor its support to the needs of all Queenslanders.

In March 2022 Di convened the Queensland Workforce Summit to work on solutions to the global workforce shortages that were also affecting our states’ businesses. The Queensland Good people, Good Jobs Workforce Strategy 2022-32 released in August 2022 was driven by the summit findings. It focuses on our under utilised workforce by supporting employers to take on staff they may not have traditionally employed and will help more Queenslanders into jobs they had only ever dreamed of.

Di is committed to helping to build a strong economy so all Queenslanders can enjoy good jobs, better services and an unbeatable lifestyle.


Panellist | Adam Fitzhenry

Head of People Integration and Innovation at Australian Retirement Trust

Adam is a passionate disruptor for modern workplaces. He’s on a mission to help people feel they belong and to redesign the traditional employee experience by striking the right balance between culture, technology and the workplace. He’s led large cultural and workplace transformation programs, including working with Boards and Executives, and is an advocate for human-centred and sustainable design in the workplace.


Panellist | Nick Lindsay

Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace Specialist

Nick is a former Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy with experience in Naval Aviation, UAV design and operations, and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Executive Office (PEO). His civilian experience includes ten years at SpaceX, the world’s leading rocket company. In 2009, Nick joined SpaceX as a Propulsion Test Engineer responsible for development, qualification, and acceptance testing of the Draco and SuperDraco engines used on the Cargo and Crew Dragon Spacecraft.


Panellist | Peter O'Sullivan 

Chief People Officer, BDO

Peter O’Sullivan is Chief People Officer with BDO in Australia and leads the firm’s Advisers of the Future strategic workstream which is focused on the future of work at BDO. He is also a member of the firm’s Global People Committee which provides him with international perspectives on people strategy and the future of work. Peter has nearly 25 years’ experience in HR across diverse sectors and industries. He has a particular interest in professional services firms having started his career as a commercial lawyer with Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).


MC & Moderator | Heidi Cooper 

Chief Executive Officer, Business Chamber Queensland

Heidi is passionate about driving Queensland’s strategic growth and throughout her career, Heidi has worked extensively for the advancement of business in Queensland. With over 20 years in law, corporate affairs and policy making, Heidi has successfully driven strategies for major companies with strong growth agendas and significant customer and community relationships. She has specialised in leading sustainable business initiatives with a key focus on economic growth, job creation, education, sustainability and community engagement. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Business Chamber Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands from across Queensland and the Torres Strait. We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of Meanjin (Brisbane), the lands where our office is located and the place we meet, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.