Bernard Salt


Bernard Salt

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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.

Speaking Topics

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


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