Australia Wins World Hr Congress Mandate For 2012

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Media Release

Australia wins World HR Congress

mandate for 2012

April 30

Australia has won the right to hold the World HR Congress in 2012. This is the premier global

conference for human resource practitioners in four years’ time. 

At the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA) Board meeting in

London, prospective bids were heard from South Africa and Uganda on the African continent,

Brazil and Colombia in South America, and Australia, which was the unanimous country

recommendation from the Asia Pacific Federation of HR Management (APFHRM). After

extensive discussion and review on the day before the 2008 World Congress opened in

London, the WFPMA Board awarded the mandate to AHRI to hold the 2012 World HR

Congress in Australia. 

The Australian bid was put to the board of WFPMA by the national president of the Australian

Human Resources Institute, Peter Wilson AM. 

“This is like getting the HR Olympics for Australia,” Peter Wilson said.

“It is very exciting to get Australia over the line for 2012, after nearly two years of careful

preparation, together with sustained international advocacy and debate against very tough


“The challenge is now to choose an Australian city in which to host the event and to put together

a first-rate program and list of international speakers that will attract large numbers of delegates

from Europe, Africa, North and South America, and our own Asia Pacific region.

“There are significant human resources and people management issues worldwide that will be

reflected in the speakers we will source. On the choice of city, at least four capitals –

Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane - would be able to stage an event of the size needed

for a world congress, mindful that the event will also include a substantial trade show and

exhibition. We will be looking in some detail at all the options over the next few months.

“Australia also has the benefit of good weather and great places to see, and we will be

marketing the event as one where delegates can enjoy a very pleasant late summer experience

throughout this great nation of ours,” says Wilson.

The 2012 event is likely to be held during March in an Australian city to be selected by AHRI in

September this year, and then advised to the WFPMA Board for subsequent international

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promotion. The World HR Congress has been to Australia on one other occasion, when Sydney

was the host city in 1988.

“Whilst Sydney hosted the event in 1988, AHRI will be selecting the city best able to host this

premier global event amongst the four capitals able to do so today, and based on the final

selection criteria AHRI has been advised through the WFPMA decision.

“This is a wonderful event and opportunity for Australia and we want to put our best foot forward

in the way we capture the benefits for our profession in this country,” says Peter Wilson


About AHRI

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the national association representing human resource and people

management professionals.  AHRI leads the direction and fosters the growth of the HR profession through actively setting

standards and building the capability of the profession


For further information contact:

Paul Begley, national manager, government & media relations, Australian Human Resources Institute   

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