RCSA Principal Partner


Explore how to Thrive in a Changing Talent Market.

The talent landscape is constantly changing. 

With employers facing economic uncertainty and scarce labour markets, the race for top talent is hotter than ever, and our industry has never been more relevant in supporting businesses and the wider community.

The strategy, people, and processes we put in place today will be key in defining our success over the years to come.

RCSA is excited to present Talent X, a one-day future focused event to support the recruitment, staffing and talent acquisition industry to drive innovation and seize tomorrow’s workforce opportunities.  

Off the back of our highly successful Talent X ‘22 event in Melbourne, this year’s event will focus on engagement and attraction. How we attract talent and clients, how we build and leverage our brands to differentiate ourselves, and how we maximise our engagement, reach and relevance and nurture existing audiences will be key themes covered off in the context of staying future fit in the current market.  

Event Details

Event Date:
 1 June

Event Venue: Sydney International Convention & Exhibition Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

Event Time:  9:15am - 4:30pm AEST 

Talent X will be held as in-person live event only in 2023. 

Held on the day of the RCSA Industry Awards, this RCSA Member event will educate and inspire to thrive in the future world of work. 


Dr Ben Hamer 

Ben Hamer is one of Australia’s few accredited futurists and is a global expert on the Future of Work. 

He heads up the Future of Work market for one of the world's leading advisories and has worked at the World Economic Forum, where he led critical projects on the future of work, skills, and education. Ben is a Board Member for the Australian HR Institute, where he was appointed as the youngest Non-Executive Director in the organisation’s history and provides expert commentary across Australian media on a regular basis. 

Ben has a Doctorate of Public Administration, which included time spent as a Visiting Scholar at Yale University, and is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Work and Wellbeing at Edith Cowan University. Coupled with his leading industry experience, Ben has advised ASX CEOs through to Government Ministers. He is a sought-after keynote speaker on the topic of life and work in the future, and what it all means for organisations, leaders, and workers. 

Ben is the host of PwC Australia’s Future of Work podcast and author of The Kickass Career: How to succeed in the Future of Work, today.

Sam Koslowski

Business leader, journalist, presenter and commentator, Sam Koslowski is the co-founder of The Daily Aus alongside Zara Seidler. The Daily Aus is Australia’s leading social-first news organisation targeted at young Australians with an audience of over 1.2 million Australians per month engaging with its Instagram, TikTok, website, videos, podcasts and newsletters - with 70% of their audience reporting The Daily Aus is their primary news source. 

In 2022, Sam and Zara were listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30, as well as the Good Weekend's 'Who Mattered in 2022' list. Their first book with Penguin Random House is set to be released in mid-2023. Before being a full-time founder, he was a corporate lawyer at one of Australia's top firms. He's worked in social media innovation, as a refugee advocate, and is a Movember Community Ambassador.

Zara Seidler

Zara Seidler is the co-founder of The Daily Aus, a social-first news service that engages over a quarter of a million young Australians a day. Coming from a background in independent politics, Zara has worked as a crossbench political adviser to independent federal crossbencher Dr Kerryn Phelps and campaign manager for an independent Lord Mayoral campaign. 

She’s also worked at Sky News, Research Australia, and did a research stint at Georgetown University. Zara has also been a commentator on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project. In 2022, Zara was named in the Forbes 30 under 30, and The Daily Aus’ first book with Penguin Random House is set to be released in mid-2023.

John Bourke

John Bourke founded Start In Recruitment in 2018, utilising social channels and automation to educate sales candidates on the many benefits of recruitment before placing them into an agency. 

This love of tech and automation has grown throughout his career having seen the positive impacts on candidates and clients by being more available and less held down with admin. 

This passion recently saw the launch of RecView a video interviewing SaaS utilising OpenAI. If you see him, John is happy to talk all things recruitment, tech, AI, book, music and what pub we're all heading to after.

Tim Walsh

Few leaders have the opportunity to find, create and build a team that inspires a generation. Australian Sevens rugby coach Tim Walsh did exactly that. He took a group of little-known female athletes from diverse backgrounds, all with unique skills and moulded them into an Olympic champion team. 

His success leading the acclaimed Australian Women’s Sevens Rugby Team to the inaugural gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is one of both inspiration and strategic genius. They were the most successful rugby team in Australia for 5 years, with Tim boasting an unprecedented winning percentage of 86% whilst at the helm. 

An expert in high-performance and situational leadership, Tim is dedicated to helping Australian business, community and sporting leaders to unlock their potential. Tim, a former Queensland and Australian representative player, is back at the helm of the Australian Women’s Sevens Team after leading the men’s team through the Covid period. Since taking back the reins at the start of 2022, Tim led the team to his third HSBC Sevens World Series title, a Commonwealth Games gold medal and the team was also crowned Rugby Sevens World Cup champions. This treble has not before been achieved, in either the men’s or women’s competition. 

A life-long learner, he has an MBA, is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University, a Professional Diploma in Sports Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), a Diploma in English Law and is enjoys conversing in Italian.

Sharni Smale (née Williams) OAM, OLY and Madison Higgins- Ashby OLY

Tim Walsh will be joined by Olympians, Sharni Smale and Madison Higgins-Ashby. 

Sharni is one of Australia's most decorated rugby athletes. She is an Olympic Gold medalist (Rio 2016), Commonwealth Games 2018 Silver medalist World Series Champion in 2016, 2018 & 2022, Tokyo 2020 Olympian, RWC 7s 2022 winner, Commonwealth Games 2022 Gold medalist, and RWC Wallaroos 15s x4. 

Madison signed to rugby 7s straight after finishing school and is a highly sort after oval ball player, getting headhunted by NRLW and overseas clubs on a regular basis. She is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian, RWC 2022 winner, Commonwealth Games 2022 Gold medalist, and World Series Champion 2022.

Khanh Pham

Khanh Pham is the Regional Sales Director, APAC at Bullhorn. Khanh has over 12 years of experience working with business leaders in the recruitment industry. In that time, he has worked across the largest staffing markets across the world including the USA, UK, France, Benelux, and ANZ. 

He is passionate about building strong relationships and helping clients transform their businesses through the power of technology. Outside of work, you'll find Khanh outdoors on his bike or at the beach.

Caroline North

Caroline has spent time in both the UK and Australia working in research and communications with a focus on translating research into actionable insight. 

During her last 12 years at SEEK, Caroline has worked to support both internal and external customers in understanding the needs of Candidates when they are prioritising and considering where or who to work for and Hirers when they are considering who they want to work for them. Candidate and Hirer needs are wide and varied, as are the Candidates and Hirers themselves, and so Caroline also takes a particularly keen view of attraction strategies as seen through the lens of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity. 

Caroline lives and works in regional Victoria with her family in the beautiful bushland on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

Ephram Stephenson

Ephram is the CEO and Founder of Collar Group. Over the last 20 months, Ephram has led the charge, growing Collar from a start-up to a successful and respected recruitment agency that prides itself on recruiting a better way. Ephram has opened 12 offices Australia wide with more than 110 staff. 

While he has led us to hit milestone after milestone in record time, his most impressive and impactful quality is his passion for people. His successful career has kept him busy, placing 10,000 people into permanent jobs and over 25,000 people into temporary assignments at every level of the Mining, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Construction, Aged Care & Health Care, Facilities Management and Building Industries throughout Australia. Ephram was recently awarded and recognised as the CEO Magazine ‘2022 Executive of the Year’, an accomplishment that is simply outstanding. As a 20-year industry leader himself, Ephram established the Collar Group on the very foundation that recruitment must be done differently, and he still leads from the front. He plays an active role in every client engagement, and personally maintains authentic connections with a great many of our candidates. 

Having lived in England, Jordan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and finally Australia for some decades, Ephram developed extensive recruitment experience here and beyond; particularly in executive search for top-tier professionals and every aspect of recruitment in its complex forms. Ephram is very enthusiastic about sharing his vision early and often, setting clear team goals that support this growth.

Charles Cameron

Charles has over 20 years’ experience in the workforce solutions industry spanning across economics, advocacy, risk management, lobbying, compliance and professional standards.

Before taking on the role of Chief Executive, Charles was an equity Partner with FCB, Australia’s largest dedicated workplace legal and consulting firm, prior to which he founded and grew his own consulting firm which specialised in lobbying and risk management within the recruitment and employment services industry.  He gained invaluable experience working with IPA, one of Australia’s most established recruitment firms, where he was the Workplace Relations and Safety Manager as well as  7 years working as an Advisor and Advocate for Australian Industry Group.

In addition to his successful professional services career he  founded a tech start up in 2006, which continues to successfully service the recruitment market today. 

Charles is a Director of the World Employment Confederation and is the Chair of the National Federations Committee.

Sarah Bolitho

Sarah Bolitho is a recruitment agency entrepreneur and one of Australia’s leading talent experts. Known for her professional, authentic and values focused approach to business, Sarah has near 15 years' experience establishing, growing and running successful recruitment companies and teams both locally and abroad. 

 As the Founder & CEO of Levyl, Sarah leads a team of specialist HR recruitment professionals who are disrupting the agency market through design of a diversity and inclusion consulting program. The goal of the HPP is to uplift professionals from minority communities into formative positions within HR teams, into organisations genuinely committed to their DE&I journey. 

 Prior to founding Levyl in 2022, Sarah worked for Page Group in both Sydney & New York and established her first firm Assistant Sydney in 2017, working as the Co-Founder and Director for six years. Sarah is a passionate advocate for gender equality and an active ambassador for the Children’s Cancer Institute.

Georgia Townsend

Meet Georgia Townsend, the People & Culture Lead at Talent, a global tech and digital recruitment powerhouse. 

Born and bred in the stunning Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Georgia knows a thing or two about fantastic scenery and fine wine, but more importantly is highly skilled and driven to build and maintain engaged teams and a strong culture within a business. 

 Her journey began humbly as a P&C intern at Talent, where she quickly rose into a P&C Coordinator role and has since moved into her current role as People & Culture Lead. Her passion and belief lies in revolutionising the way we work by transforming the office into a playground of ideas, where every day feels like an exciting adventure. 

Now co-leading Talent’s global People & Culture function, she continues to help build an engaged culture of 91% and has been instrumental in creating Talent’s ESG strategy. She is a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and in her spare time hits the basketball courts while attempting to parlez français!

James Jennings

James is one of the co-founders of Sourcr, a reviews and customer feedback platform that helps recruiters build trust and grow their business.

Sourcr helps you stand out in a crowded recruitment market. They help you manage your reputation and improve it. They help you win more business and grow your brand.

Your reputation's never been more important. Online searches for recruiters have grown 10-fold in the last 5 years. But it’s not just about the people looking for you. Your online brand is now crucial to your outbound activity too. The first thing clients and candidates do before deciding whether to respond to your messages, is research you. The number 1 way of increasing your response rate, is through customer reviews.

James has worked in the recruitment industry since 2013 both within agencies and recruitment technology platforms.




ICC Sydney - International Convention Centre

Situated at the intersection of Sydney’s academic, cultural and technology precincts, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) affords delegates, exhibitors and visitors convenient access to Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. 

The emerging financial, dining and retail precinct of Barangaroo is nearby; there are numerous galleries, theatres and concert halls within easy reach; and the bustling city centre is only a short walk away.

ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000




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RCSA Member
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Non Member
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Discount rates for 10 Live Attendee bookings

$1,440.00 AUD + GST for RCSA Members Group of Ten

$3,960.00 AUD + GST for Non Members Group of Ten


For individuals travelling to Talent X, RCSA has secured the below special rates with nearby accommodation. 

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

Deluxe City View rooms at the rate of $360 per night

Executive Darling Harbour View rooms at the rate of $390 per night

1 breakfast included in room rate, additional breakfast available at $30


Novotel Sydney Darling Square

10% discount on Best Available Rates applicable for 30 May – 3 June 2023.

Click here to book with discount applied.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

10% reduction from the Best Available Public Rate at time of booking with in-house Reservations team

Contact the Sofitel in-house reservations by calling +61 2 8388 8888 or emailing H9729@sofitel.com. Please quote Block ID: 569450 or Block Name: TAL310523

Specify the booking date(s) so the staff can quote the best available discounted rate

Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

Pyrmont View rooms at the rate of $290 per night

Superior Darling Harbour View rooms at the rate of $320 per night

1 breakfast included in room rate, additional breakfast available at $20


Event Sponsors

For more information about attending Talent X, contact the RCSA Events Team: trainingevents@rcsa.com.au |
Kate Griffiths – 0403 174 387 


To learn more about exhibition or sponsoring at Talent X, please email kgriffiths@rcsa.com.au