HR & Payroll Leaders Symposium – Sydney, Australia 2023

The GPA is pleased to invite all HR and Payroll Leaders to attend its Symposium on October 19th 2023.

Date:  19 October 2023
Time:  9.00am
Venue:  Park Hyatt Sydney - 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Cost:  Free

In partnership with Ebury, the GPA is excited to announce that we are running our first ever Symposium in Australia! For this event, we have assembled a lineup of inspiring speakers who are leaders in their field and will provide the fundamental information to help Payroll and HR departments run more effectively. In addition to benefitting from expert perspectives on these pressing questions, the GPA Symposium will give you the perfect opportunity to network with our elite speakers and fellow industry guests to build invaluable relationships. It will be an unmissable event and we look forward to welcoming you!

Our Speakers


I have always found the GPA events to be extremely informative with high quality speakers covering key topics, great networking opportunities and fantastic value for money too!”

A great day and so good to have so many payroll professionals under one roof! As always the speakers gave a very good overview as to what is going on in the real payroll world

The GPA team were very helpful, professional and welcoming. This really made the day most very enjoyable as well as being informative. The setting for the venue was well-chosen for getting there and the meetings were well-organised and structured. There was something for everyone concerned with the complexities and issues in payroll both in the UK and globally, thank you GPA!

Getting to the venue


7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Park Hyatt Sydney is idyllically located in the The Rocks, surrounded by Sydney’s most famous landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Our 5-star luxury hotel is conveniently located for Domestic and International visitors, only 13 kilometres from Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Park Hyatt Sydney is situated close to Circular Quay, the Ferry Terminal and Central Railway Station, allowing you to conveniently explore a myriad of the city’s sights.

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The Venue

Graham Jenkins

Graham was previously the Global Process Owner for Payroll and T&E at IBM, where he was responsible for Payroll/T&E strategy, operations and resourcing during a 30 year career.

Patrycja Strzelecka 

Patrycja has many years of experience in outsourcing business services. She has built one of the biggest accounting companies in Poland, Extor S.A., which TMF acquired in May 2016. 

Joan Haafs

Joan leads TMF Netherlands' Global Business Services, including the Dutch international payroll business. He has over 17 years’ experience in the payroll outsourcing industry.


I had a very enjoyable day and it was great to catch up with delegates from last year. The event was very informative and featured some excellent presentations by your key speakers.

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Welcome and Registration.

Coffee and Networking

Buffet Lunch and Networking

Two Mandatory Ingredients to make the Payroll Compliance Cake

 Leonardo da Vinci once said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." In the culinary art of payroll compliance, the right ingredients mixed with precision lead to the desired result. Just as a cake requires specific, well-measured components, so does a sophisticated compliance system. Today, we'll peel back the layers of this cake to uncover the essentials.

1. Payroll Processes and Systems:

  • The Right Mix: Choose systems compatible with business operations.
  • Define Your Flavour: Set clear success parameters.
  • Find Your Master Chef: Ensure strong project sponsorship.
  • Equip Your Kitchen: Adequately resource your team.
  • Know Your Recipe Inside Out: Understand interpretations/pay rules.
  • Invite Taste Testers: Engage stakeholders throughout.
  • Taste Before Serving: Rigorous testing is essential.
  • Icing on the Cake: Design and validate integrations with Pay systems.

Presented by: Brett Cowan, CEO at Payroll Experts, Australia

2. Payments: 

  • Measure Twice: Understand the fundamentals of payment compliance.
  • Timing is Everything: Highlight the importance of timely and accurate payments.
  • Avoiding a Bitter Taste: Examine real-world repercussions of payment errors.
  • The Sweet Spot: Recognize the value of accurate payments for satisfaction and legality.
  • Mitigate Oven Mishaps: Understand risks associated with payment errors.
  • Perfecting the Batter: Strategies to refine payment processes. 

By perfectly balancing simplicity with precision, organisations can master the art of crafting a compliant and sophisticated payroll system. Our baking session today provides a blueprint to elevate your payroll processes and perfect those all-important payments.

Presented by: Sachin Goklaney, Head of Commercial - Mass Payments, Ebury


Payroll Risk Management and Optimisation: Strategies for Success

In today's dynamic business environment, mitigating payroll risks is paramount for organisational success. Join Mazars experts, Cheryl-Anne Laird, HR and IR Partner, and Padmini Dixit, Outsourcing Partner, as they guide you through the crucial realms of payroll risk management and optimisation.

 During this session you will learn:

  1. Australia legislative landscape and Award interpretation: Understand key nuances of when interpreting Awards and the pivotal role it plays in ensuring employees are compensated accurately and fairly.
  1. Strategies for managing payroll: Maintaining your inhouse payroll to minimise the potential for errors and compliance issues. Leveraging off outsourced payroll options, for enhanced reliability, security, and the ability to align with your organisation's needs.

Presented by: Cheryl-Anne Laird, HR and IR Partner at Mazars and Padmini Dixit, Outsourcing Partner at Mazars.

Melanie Pizzey
Global Payroll Association

Cheryl-Anne Laird
Partner - HR & IR
Padmini Dixit
Partner - Outsourcing
Sachin Goklaney
Head of Commercial - Mass payments 

9.00am - 9.30am 

Brett Cowan
Payroll Experts Australia

Global Payroll Trends and How to Celebrate the Payroll Industry
In this open session, Melanie Pizzey will be exploring current Global Payroll trends, sharing ways you can get involved with the GPA's Payroll is a Career campaign and taking the time to consider how we can celebrate our remarkable industry.

Nilufer Gul
General Manager, APAC
Global Payroll Association

In Partnership with...

Ebury specialises in global payments, currency risk management and financial solutions for outsourced and internal payroll teams making payments to employees and local authorities around the world. Our services aid the growth and accessibility many international companies struggle to achieve from typical financial providers, by developing our own technology and extensive liquidity partnerships. From international payments and trade finance to our integrated API system, our end-to-end solutions are built with our clients in mind.