In May 2017, HES commenced a sector-wide project to investigate the options, vendor capability, and sector readiness to adopt and utilise Human Capital Management technology solutions.  

The perception at the time was that many universities are likely to be considering their options to address the Human Capital Management (HCM) problem and to provide employee-centric experiences.  The challenge was to understand how much of this is being considered across the sector and what the opportunities were for collectively dealing with the problem.

The objectives of the options analysis were:

  • Conduct an environmental scan to identify key trends, strategies and opportunities for digital HR transformation and within the Higher Education sector. 
  • Consult with the Australian universities regarding their emerging HR business imperatives and drivers, strategic initiatives and readiness for adopting cost effective employee-centric HCM services that can be consumed as Software as a Service (SaaS) and on a subscription/module basis by the sector.
  • Provide a set of observations, opportunities and recommendations to the HES Executive, HES Board, DVC Corporate and HRIS Group for the delivery of digital HR solutions that will meet the sector’s needs and provide a platform for the future.

The project concluded in November 2017 following endorsement of the seven recommendations by the HES Board.  Work has now started on the implementation of the recommendations.

HES has established a collaboration site for the project and to deal with the report recommendations.  If you would like to know more or would like to make a contribution, please contact Stephen Callaghan on 0423 847 164 or