NOOSA / 20 - 22 AUGUST 2024 


Principal Partner

SHAPE is back for 2024! 

And this year's conference will be bigger than ever with business success leading the program.

As we adapt and respond to changing markets, it is critical to get perspective on what true leadership is, and where it will take you. SHAPE ’24 is an opportunity to come up for air and share, compare and learn from experts, peers and the inspirational. 

Join recruitment and staffing's leaders, influencers and trailblazers in Noosa from 20 - 22 August for two days of industry insights, thought provoking presentations and powerful conversations. Define the future of your leadership, your team, and your business and join us in shaping the future of recruitment, staffing and workforce solutions.


Key Conference Details

Event Date:
Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 August 2024

Event Venue: Peppers Noosa Resort - Noosa Heads, QLD 

Tuesday 20 August
5.00pm - 8.00pm SHAPE Welcome Event 

Wednesday 21 August
8.30am - 5.00pm Full Day Conference Program
6.30pm - 11.00pm Party Dinner

Thursday 22 August
8.30am - 5.00pm Full Day Conference Program
6.30pm - 9.30pm Wrap Party 

Watch the highlights from our 2023 SHAPE Conference on Hamilton Island


More speakers to come!

Event MC - Andrew Klein 

Andrew is one of Australia’s leading Professional Conference MCs and a Pitching & Presentation Skills speaker, trainer and writer, working on conferences around the Asia-Pacific region as well as the US and South Africa.

A former corporate lawyer, Andrew quit the law in the late 90’s due to a medical condition called ‘extreme boredom’ before starting up his own business as a corporate trainer and speaker.

Over the past 25 years Andrew has become one of this country’s most engaged Conference MCs and interviewers and brings his casual yet corporate style to all proceedings. He is well-known on the conference circuit for his revealing speaker introductions, his improvisational skills and ability to adapt to different audiences.

Lydia Williams 

Lydia Williams is the first Aboriginal goalkeeper for Australia’s Matildas and a 2x Olympian. 

With 138 caps for Australia, she is a renowned Australian athlete. She has played international football at the highest level in the US for the Western New York Flash, with PSG in France, Arsenal in the UK and currently with Brighton & Hove Albion Women in the Women’s Super League. Twice named PFA Women’s Footballer of the Year, she has also been inducted into the Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame. 

Lydia is the author of two children’s books, “Saved!” and “Goal!”, which are about friendship, sport and teamwork. Off the field she is a calm, easy-going person and on the field, she is a fierce and focused competitor. 

The daughter of a proud Noongar man from south-west WA, Williams does more than just inspire football fans in Australia with her performances, the player, turned author, has become an inspiration to all Indigenous women, who aspire to represent themselves and their culture, on the world stage. 

Lydia will take to the stage at SHAPE 2024 to discuss her journey to success - ‘Leaving a Legacy’. A story of determination and influence, being a role model, and inspiring the next generation to make their dreams a reality.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson 

With more than three decades of leadership experience, Kirstin has a PhD in leadership and culture, and was the only Australian to be recognised in a recent list of the world’s top 30 leadership thinkers to watch. Kirstin also has honours degrees in Law and History, and over a decade of experience on a range of public and private company boards, including an appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 

Kirstin has been the CEO of a global consulting company and began her career as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. An author of two books, her latest book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership, went straight to the bestseller lists within days of release. Kirstin also writes a popular weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on work, leadership and careers. Kirstin was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours List in 2023 for her significant contribution to business and gender equality. 

At SHAPE, Kirstin will present her keynote ‘Leading with Impact: Mastering the art of modern leadership’.

Maz Farrelly 

Maz has been the boss of the biggest TV shows in the world, with the biggest teams, budgets, audiences, and stars. Her content has been watched more than eight BILLION times, and she once broke Twitter. Deliberately.

Now Maz Speaks, and she’s on a personal mission to help smart people and ambitious corporations like yours, think like TV producers, strategically and critically, so you engage and deliver your story with the impact of a large cement fist in a soft cashmere glove. Mark Bouris describes Maz as a ‘genius with people’ and says she offers ‘a service every business really needs.’ She likes Mark. 

If you want every element of your business to have The X Factor, Maz can help. She made the show. And won a Logie for it.

Dr Amantha Imber 

 Dr Imber is an organisational psychologist and founder of behaviour change consultancy Inventium. She hosts top ranking podcast How I Work, which has had over 5 million downloads.

Amantha is also the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list and the AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list. Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, LEGO, Atlassian, Commonwealth Bank and many others reinvent the way they approach their work.

In 2019, Amantha was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, she won the Thinkers50 Innovation Award (described by the Financial Times as the ‘Oscars for Management Thinking’), which recognises the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation globally over the last two years. Amantha was the first Australian to win this award.

Amantha’s thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fast Company and she is the author of three international bestselling books: Time Wise, The Innovation Formula, and The Creativity Formula. Her latest book The Health Habit came out in early 2024. 

At SHAPE Amantha will present 'Find Your Focus' - Science-backed strategies for turbo charging productivity and wellbeing.

Ashley Fell 

Ashley Fell is a Social Researcher, Author, TEDx Speaker and Director of Advisory at the internationally recognised McCrindle. From topics including future trends, business insights, leadership and communication skills, Ashley delivers over 50 visually engaging, tailored, and research-based presentations annually for corporate, government and not-for-profit clients in Australia and overseas.

Ashley is the author of two books on leadership and generational change: Work Wellbeing and Generation Alpha. With academic qualifications in communications and as a generational expert, Ashley understands that leaders need to inspire and engage employees and consumers, and connect them with the organisation’s purpose and vision.

Her expertise is in training and equipping leaders and teams on how to lead across generational divides; particularly Gen Y (popularly known as millennials), Gen Z and now the newest generation, Generation Alpha.

From Ashley’s experience in creating engaging research-based content, strategising public relations, managing social media platforms and coordinating industry events, she is well positioned to advise on how to achieve cut through in these message-saturated times.

In addition to delivering informative keynote presentations with splashes of humour at conferences, boardroom briefings, and PD Days; and MCing special events; Ashley is regularly interviewed for print media, TV programs, radio and podcasts.

 Ashley will present key data on future work trends, providing generational insights and business forecasts.

Nina Mapson Bone FRCSA

Author of ‘Meaningful Work: Unlock Your Unique Path to Career Fulfilment’, Nina is a people strategist. She consults with boards, CEOs, founders, and executives on bridging the disconnect between their strategy and the needs, motivations, and capabilities of their people.  

She has experienced first-hand the power of work to transform your life and has seen time and again how, when engaged in meaningful work, every outcome at work improves for both the individual and the organisation. These insights saw her win multiple accolades such as AFR Best Places to Work, Great Places to Work, and Wrk+ Best Places to Work. 

Nina is currently the Chair of the People and Culture Committee and a Non-Executive Director for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and the Chair of the Development Committee of the North Foundation.  She is the immediate Past President and Chair of RCSA. She is also a member of the Leadership Think Tank, a CEO Peer Advisory Group, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   

Nina’s executive career has spanned three continents, and diverse sectors across NFP, education, professional services, technology, government, health & social care, association & membership, engineering & technical. She was previously the Managing Director of Beaumont People, where she led a period of significant growth for the organisation, during which it was recognised with multiple awards.  

She has been regularly featured in the media, including ABC RN, The Today Show, Sky News,, The Weekend Australian, CEO Magazine, Smart Company, women’s agenda, HR Daily, Third Sector, and Kochie’s Business Builders.  

 At SHAPE Nina will present on bridging the disconnect between strategy and people's needs, capabilities and motivations.

Arun Pradhan

A self-professed ‘learning geek’, Arun spends much of his free time researching latest developments in cognitive psychology, behavioural economics, marketing and studies that shed light on how people learn, innovate, and achieve more. 

Arun was the winner of the AITD L&D Professional of the Year Award (2017) and the Australian eLearning Industry Association Award for Individual Excellence (2015). He has launched two online startups which have generated six-figure incomes each, and is currently the General Manager of Learning at ANZ. Arun is globally recognised as a leading innovator and practitioner in learning agility, design thinking, and performance. 

 At SHAPE Arun will present on Building Learning Agility in Your Organisation.

Trudy MacDonald

Trudy has worked extensively with Boards, leaders and leadership teams over the past 20 years and is a sought-after coach to leaders across industries.

She is an experienced CEO, an established business leader and thought leader in the areas of strategy, people, and culture. She specialises in empowering organisations to become great by maximising the performance and productivity of their people.

She is a multi-award-winning speaker having been honoured as “Speaker of the Year” by the world’s largest CEO network – The Executive Connection (TEC). Trudy is a regular speaker to Leaders and Boards and regularly presents on the topics of strategy, high performance organisations and leadership at Industry Associations, Conferences and Corporate Events. Her career is founded on an education in Organisational Psychology and spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA and parts of Asia.

At SHAPE Trudy will present on Remuneration and Incentive Design for Recruitment Businesses.

Matt Tice

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer of Insurgence, a growing global firm dedicated to helping organisations to navigate (and lead) through disruptive change. Insurgence helps clients at the nexus of strategy, innovation and leadership to accelerate growth via new paths to market and building disruptive business models.

Matt has worked with hundreds of organisations on six continents to create value using practical and innovative methods that help achieve breakthrough growth. He is a seasoned executive, advisor, author, speaker, and facilitator, Board member, and has deep experience in driving transformation and strategy across multiple industry sectors.

At SHAPE Matt will be talking all things Growth Marketing and will show the future and strategy of marketing for scale-up staffing firms.

VENUE and accommodation

Conference Venue - Peppers Noosa Resort 

Welcome to the lush and serene rainforest eco-system of the UNESCO-designated Noosa Biosphere, an inspiring setting for SHAPE 2024 on Queensland’s picturesque Sunshine Coast. 

Nestled within an internationally protected area lies Peppers Noosa Resort, one of the largest conference and event facilities in the region. The resort is tranquil, yet only moments from the world class shopping and culinary hub of Hastings Street and Noosa’s stunning main beach, Laguna Bay. 

Peppers Noosa Resort is spacious and naturally designed to celebrate the sub-tropical environment, with views to both the ocean and rainforest, yet the setting is intimate and friendly in distinct Peppers style.

Accommodation - Peppers Noosa Resort 

33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

One Bedroom Apartment – includes breakfast, daily room refresh and wifi at $264 per night 

Two Bedroom Apartment – includes breakfast, daily room refresh and wifi $361 per night 

To secure accommodation at the rate quoted above, all accommodation must be booked and paid direct to Peppers Noosa Resort, by completing this online form. Accommodation booked via any other channel, including online via the Peppers/Accor website, will be subject to the best available daily rate at time of booking.

Accommodation - Mantra French Quarter

1 Halse Ln, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

Mantra French Quarter is a resort located on Noosa's famous Hastings Street on the Sunshine Coast. 

The resort offers direct access to the shopping, dining and entertainment precinct, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Noosa. Mantra French Quarter is a short 5 minute walk, approx. 500m from Peppers Noosa Resort.  

Accommodation available - nightly, room only rate:

One Bedroom Apartment (1- 2 guests) at $333 per night 

One Bedroom Deluxe Apartment (1- 2 guests) at $349 per night 

One Bedroom Deluxe Poolside Apartment (1 - 2 guests) at $377 per night 

To secure accommodation at the rate quoted above, all accommodation must be booked and paid direct to Mantra French Quarter, by completing this booking form.  Accommodation booked via any other channel, including online via the Mantra/Accor website, will be subject to the best available daily rate at time of booking. 

Please note that breakfast is not available at Mantra French Quarter. If you would like to pre-book breakfast at Peppers Noosa Resort during your stay at Mantra French Quarter, please click here.


SHAPE Welcome Event

Gather for a sunset cocktail soirée overlooking the stunning Sunshine Beach as you reconnect with old friends, make new acquaintances and toast to the start of SHAPE 2024.

Date: Tuesday 20 August

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Location: Sunshine Beach Surf Club - Duke St, Sunshine Beach QLD

Noosa ‘Havana Nights’ River Club

Marvel at the mesmerizing sunset as you relax on a private boat along the picturesque Noosa River.

Upon docking at our river club venue, you will be whisked away to the vibrant streets of Cuba. Kick your heels up to the lively salsa beats and infectious rhythms, and awaken your senses with tantalising beverages and roving delicacies, surrounded by the most stunning 180 degree water views.

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 6:30pm - 11pm

Location: Noosa Boathouse - 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville QLD

SHAPE Wrap Party

Savor a delightful array of drinks and canapes at beloved Hastings Street hotspot, Miss Moneypenny's as you raise your glass to another year of SHAPE in the company of the friends you've made along the way.

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Miss Moneypenny's Noosa - 6 Hastings Street, Noosa


RCSA and Visit Sunshine Coast have partnered with local operators to provide a selection of discounted tourist attractions and tour rates, exclusively for SHAPE attendees and their families. 

So! We recommend that you make a trip out of it and explore what Noosa and the Sunshine Coast have to offer pre and/or post conference. 

Click here to see the options available to you.

Event Details

TICKET PRICING: (Includes all social events)

Early Bird Rates (Available until 30 June 2024)

  • Member - $2,999 (AUD) + GST
  • Member Special (3 or More)** $2,799 (AUD) + GST
  • Non Member - $4,199 (AUD) + GST

**Member Special - If you are looking to bring three or more from your team to Shape, please contact the Events Team for access to this special rate. 

Standard Rates (Available from 1 July 2024)

  • Member - $3,199 (AUD) + GST
  • Non Member - $4,199 (AUD) + GST

Guest Tickets to Social Events available (Please note these are for additional guests attending the social events only):

  • Tuesday 20 August: SHAPE Welcome Event - $150 (AUD) + GST
  • Wednesday 21 August: Party Dinner - $250 (AUD) + GST
  • Thursday 22 August: Wrap Party - $200 (AUD) + GST

Payment is required in full upon registration via credit card.

Conference Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be made in writing to the RCSA Events team. Depending on when your cancellation is received, the below concessions will be made.

  • Up to 60 days prior to the event date - full registration fees will be refunded
  • Between 60 - 31 days prior – 50% cancellation fee will apply to registration fees paid*
  • Within 30 days - no refund on monies paid*

*Please note - you may transfer your registration to another person, at no additional cost, if you are unable to attend.

Should the RCSA be forced to cancel the Shape Conference, the following cancellation policy would apply to recoup a portion of non-refundable hard costs incurred. The RCSA will endeavour to reduce these costs as much as possible in the lead up to the event, however, by registering as an attendee, you are agreeing to the following maximum non-refundable fees:

  • Between 60 - 31 days prior – 20% cancellation fee will apply to registration fees paid
  • Within 30 days - 35% cancellation fee will apply to registration fees paid

For more information about RCSA's Covid Safe Policy, please view here.


RCSA acknowledges the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the land in which this conference will be hosted. The original inhabitants of the former Noosa Shire were the Kabi Kabi or Gubbi Gubbi people, who lived in the area from as far north as Fraser Island, south to Pumicestone Passage and west to the Conondale and Blackall Ranges. Peppers Noosa Resort acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which they are located. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Jodie Radley - Head of Events & Learning
0421 636 762


RCSA Members
Early Bird Rates

(Available until 30 June)



Non Members