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AHRI Awards: The Mark of Excellence

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The Awards revolve around the themes of workplace diversity, workplace wellbeing, contemporary HR, organisational talent and individual awards. 

Applying for one or more of the AHRI Awards is a clear demonstration of your commitment to being the best in the business, whether as an individual or from an organisational perspective. Imagine what winning an award could mean for your career, or for your organisation's public profile. 

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To find out more about an Award and associated criteria, select it from the award list below.

Individual Awards

CEO Diversity Champion

The CEO Diversity Champion Award recognises CEOs who have made an outstanding contribution to building diversity and inclusion within their organisation - both role modelling diversity and inclusiveness and championing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs in their organisation.

Eligibility: CEO, Managing Director, Executive Director or equivalent who hold the most senior role in their organisation.

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Dave Ulrich HR Leader

The Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award recognises HR leaders who actively demonstrate exceptional AHRI Model of Excellence competencies and behaviours through both their commitment to the profession and the achievement of HR outcomes that are effectively aligned to strategic business needs.

Eligibility: The award is designed for HR practitioners who hold the most senior HR position in the organisation or the most senior HR position in a unit/division.

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Dave Ulrich HR Practitioner

The Dave Ulrich HR Practitioner Award recognises HR practitioners who strive to demonstrate AHRI Model of Excellence competencies and behaviours through both their commitment to the profession and the achievement of HR outcomes that are effectively aligned to business needs.

Eligibility: HR practitioners who are currently working as an HR generalist, or have recently worked as a HR generalist in the past 12 months, and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in this position at the time of application.

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Dave Ulrich HR Rising Star

The Dave Ulrich HR Rising Star Award recognises HR practitioners who are relatively new to the HR profession and who are actively acquiring AHRI Model of Excellence competencies and behaviours to build their HR excellence, benefitting both their own professional development and their organisation’s objectives.

Eligibility: HR practitioners who have been working within HR for less than three years at the time of application and carry out generalist HR duties.

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HR Academic

The AHRI Academic Award is in recognition of HR academics and their professional contribution to the HR body of knowledge through academic research and / or teaching.

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HR Diversity Champion

The HR Diversity Champion Award recognises HR professionals who empower others and drive cultural change within their organisation around equity, diversity and inclusion. These champions seek to improve and embed diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, embracing the diversity and cultural mix of the workforce, and ensuring that all employees are able to actively contribute to the organisation and achieve their full potential regardless of their background.

Eligibility: Individuals holding an HR role within an organisation.

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Lynda Gratton CEO

The Lynda Gratton CEO Award recognises CEOs who through best practice people management achieve positive results for their organisation. These CEOs are able to demonstrate how they have established and applied clear people management strategies that: (a) align consistently with the overarching business strategy; and (b) complement the organisation’s culture and values in ways that points to improved results.

Eligibility: CEO, managing director, executive director or equivalent who hold the most senior role in their organisation.

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Ram Charan Student

AHRI Student Members are invited to enter the Ram Charan Student Award which forms part of the 2020 AHRI Awards. The award is open to Australia-based undergraduate AHRI HR student members, and is free to enter. The Ram Charan Student Award has been made possible by a generous donation to the Australian HR Institute from Ram Charan, a world-renowned author, speaker and business advisor. 

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Ram Charan AHRI Practising Certification

The Ram Charan AHRI Practising Certification Award recognises the best performing certified graduate of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC).

Note: This award is only open to students of the APC. Students must have graduated from the Program by August 2019 and have applied for AHRI professional certification. All APC students applying for HR certification in the award year are automatically considered for this award.

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Organisation Awards

Allan Fels Mental Health Award

The Allan Fels Mental Health Award recognises organisations that work to improve understanding, awareness and the general mental health of their workforce and the wider community.

Note: Those organisations whose health and wellbeing initiatives have a wider focus than mental health and wellbeing should instead consider applying for the Martin Seligman Health and Being Award. If you require further guidance please contact the AHRI Awards Coordinator.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award recognises unique, ‘out of the box’ initiatives and strategies that demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility principles.

Being a good corporate citizen involves respecting the rights of the communities in which the organisation operates and acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

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Elizabeth Broderick Gender Equality

The Elizabeth Broderick Gender Equality Award recognises those organisations that: (a) actively encourage, promote and instil a commitment to achieving gender equality in their workforce through gender equity initiatives and programs; and (b) recognise that gender equality is critical to the organisation’s success.

Note: this award is inclusive of all gender identities

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Elizabeth Broderick Workforce Flexibility

The Elizabeth Broderick Workforce Flexibility Award recognises outstanding people management strategies and initiatives which allow both the organisation and diverse groups of employees to flourish through flexible work practices.

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Fons Trompenaars Cross Cultural Management

The Fons Trompenaars Cross Cultural Management Award recognises excellence in cross cultural management initiatives and programs in the workplace, with a focus on effectively understanding cultural differences and building approaches to successfully manage these differences in the organisation. This includes, for example, recognition of the significance of culture in a global business environment, understanding the meaning and dimensions of culture and the way they impact on organisational activities and practices, managing workplace communications across cultures, and forming and managing global teams.

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Graeme Innes Disability Employment

The Graeme Innes Disability Employment Award recognises excellence in disability employment initiatives and programs in the workplace. The emphasis is on recognising those programs and initiatives that effectively break down the barriers to employment for mentally and physically disabled persons and that achieve positive, mutually beneficial outcomes for both disabled persons and the organisation employing them.

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Inclusive Workplace

The Inclusive Workplace Award recognises those organisations that prioritise diversity and recognise the value of an inclusive workplace for both individuals and the organisation. Such organisations show how they work hard to create a culture where people are respected, appreciated and feel included; making sure that the range of different voices in the organisation are heard and valued and that they are able to effectively contribute to the organisation’s performance.

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Marshall Goldsmith Talent Management

The Marshall Goldsmith Talent Management Award recognises outstanding initiatives and programs in developing and managing talent within an organisation that effectively align with the wider HR strategy and the organisation’s business strategy.

This award is recommended for organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the identification, acquisition and retention of talent and development of capability either organisation-wide or for specific cohorts of the workforce, such as graduates and specialist groups. It may include for example, initiatives relating to onboarding, recruitment, employee engagement, performance management and succession planning.

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Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing

The Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding strategies and initiatives that promote and embed good health and wellbeing of the workforce. These organisations are able to demonstrate their commitment to workforce health and wellbeing showing how they make it an organisational priority, and embed health and wellbeing in the organisational plans, policies and processes. They are also able to show the direct impact on the organisation and its business objectives and on the health and wellbeing of its employees.

Note: Those organisations whose health and wellbeing initiatives focus specifically on mental health and wellbeing should also consider applying for the Allan Fels Mental Health Award. If you require further guidance please contact the AHRI Awards Coordinator.

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Michael Kirby LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

The Michael Kirby LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Award recognises excellence in LGBTIQ+ inclusion initiatives and programs in the workplace. This award celebrates the ways in which organisations make their workplaces supportive and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ employees and how they strive to build a culture of respect and dignity for all LGBTIQ+ employees.

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Rob Goffee Leadership Development

The Rob Goffee Leadership Development Award recognises outstanding leadership development initiatives, programs and/or strategies that have been implemented by an organisation to develop its current and future leaders and to effectively equip them to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives. These organisations are able to demonstrate how the development of their leadership team effectively builds leadership capability, drives business performance, and prepares both the leadership team and organisation for the future.

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Peter Williams HR Technology

The Peter Williams HR Technology Award recognises the outstanding use of technology solutions to connect and empower employees, achieve business outcomes and address workforce challenges.

The award focuses on the ways in which organisations use technology to solve business problems and connect and empower key stakeholder groups.

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Sir Ken Robinson Innovation & Creativity

The Sir Ken Robinson Innovation and Creativity Award recognises the outstanding initiatives or programs which support and create a culture which stimulates creativity in the workforce and harnesses innovation to achieve organisational outcomes.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Employment Award recognises excellence in ATSI employment initiatives and programs. The emphasis is on recognising those programs and initiatives that effectively break down the barriers to employment for ATSI persons and that achieve positive, mutually beneficial outcomes for both ATSI employees and the organisation.

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Susan Ryan Generational Diversity

The Susan Ryan Generational Diversity Award recognises excellence in age diversity in the workplace. This award recognises those programs and initiatives that specifically focus on promoting and embedding age diversity in the workplace through building multigenerational workforces, and attracting, engaging, and retaining workers of all ages.

Note: This award is recommended for organisations who demonstrate excellence in initiatives and strategies facilitating workplace generational diversity including, but not limited to, youth employment, apprenticeship programs, returning to the workplace programs, older worker programs and/or transitioning to retirement plans.

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Wayne Cascio Organisational Development

The Wayne Cascio Organisational Development Award recognises excellence in initiatives which demonstrate a responsible and innovative approach to organisational change and development, enabling organisation-wide change in a way that ensures the organisation effectively builds and sustains its desired state and realises its strategic objectives.

Note: This award is recommended for those organisations who demonstrate excellence in initiatives and strategies that facilitate organisational change including, but not limited to, restructuring, resizing, mergers and acquisitions and whole of organisation change activities.

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Workplace Relations

The Workplace Relations Award recognises outstanding workplace practices to promote a harmonious and productive workplace. Organisations should be able to demonstrate how they effectively manage employer-employee relationships and key stakeholder interactions (employee groups, employee representatives, regulatory bodies etc.) to achieve legislative and regulatory compliance and the best possible outcome for all parties.

Note: This award is recommended for those organisations who demonstrate excellence in initiatives and strategies that manage workplace relations, including, but not limited to, negotiation of industrial awards and agreements, and negotiation of pay and conditions, dispute resolution.

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Scholarships

Sandra Cormack Practising Certification

A Certification scholarship in honour of Sandra specifically targeted for an individual who has a focus upon workforce diversity and inclusion. The scholarship will allow the successful individual to enter into the AHRI Professional HR Certification program at no cost. The individual may complete the Certification pathway most appropriate to their individual circumstance.

Eligibility: AHRI Members only who are not currently engaged in the certification pathway and holding an HR role with an organisation.

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