Bernard Salt is one of Australia's most compelling and entertaining speakers. He is engaged by business to generate thought-provoking discussion at conferences and seminars.
Bernard is a Partner with KPMG based in Melbourne with special expertise in demographic and generational trends. He holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Bernard is an experienced media commentator and is a regular guest on television programs such as Sunrise, Today Show, Today Tonight, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.
Bernard's current business interests include the following:
- Heads KPMG's Property Advisory Services group which provides demographic and workforce trend advice to business
- One of the most "in demand" speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit
- Columnist with The Australian and the Melbourne Herald Sun newspapers
- Author of the best-selling book The Big Shift published in 2001 (now in its 3rd edition) and The Big Picture published in 2006 (now in 2nd edition)
- Chairman of the Tourism Forecasting Committee reporting to the Tourism Australia board
- Director of the Fitzgerald Foundation which is a fund raising charity for brain cancer research.
In 2007 Bernard was engaged by KPMG International to direct and complete a study of Generation Y's attitudes to the funds management industry. The output of that study, a book entitled Beyond the Baby Boomers, was effective in gaining global exposure for the firm. It also placed Bernard on the international speaking circuit.
Presentations by Bernard involve a pacey and dynamic examination of the generational changes and demographic shifts that are currently shaping the business environment.
- Retaining Generation Y staff - training and development
- Sponge cities and regional growth - regional economic development
- Generation X as agents of social change - consumer and business trends
- The Man Drought and the Fella Filter - social trends
- The Seachange Shift - social and lifestyle trends
- Job Shifts: what's hot and what's not - employment trends
- Global trends in the labour market - global trends
- The new "technocrats" - technology trends
- The rise of retirement and portfolio lifestyles - aged care and financial planning
- Demographic and social change across Australian cities - urban and strategic planning
- Australia on the Move - housing and urban development
- Labour market shrinkage and the Baby Bust - workforce planning and immigration