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Individual Awards

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

Supported by Dave Ulrich: Recognised worldwide as the most influential person in HR, Dave Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, co-founder of the RBL Group and author of 15 books covering HR and leadership. 

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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 and must be an active AHRI member. 

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The CEO HR Champion 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. 

Supported by Lynda Gratton: A global authority on the people implications of strategy, Lynda Gratton is a professor of management practice at the London Business School.  

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

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

Supported by Dave Ulrich: Recognised worldwide as the most influential person in HR, Dave Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, co-founder of the RBL Group and author of 15 books covering HR and leadership. 

Read more about Dave Ulrich

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. Applicants must also be an AHRI member. 

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The HR Rising Star Award recognises HR practitioners who are recent graduates or in the early stages of their HR career. They are actively acquiring effective competencies and behaviours to build their HR excellence, benefitting both their own professional development and their organisation’s objectives. 

Supported by Lynda Gratton: A global authority on the people implications of strategy, Lynda Gratton is a professor of management practice at the London Business School.  

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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. Applicants must also be an AHRI member.  

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

Eligibility:  Academics with a specific focus on HR either through teaching or research activities. 

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The HR Diversity and Inclusion Champion 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: Senior HR or D&I specialists who have demonstrated a measurable impact on the diversity and inclusion practices of their organisation. Applicants must also be an AHRI member. 

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The CEO Diversity and Inclusion 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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The AHRI Practising Certification Award recognises the best performing certified graduate of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC). 

Supported by Ram Charan: Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time.  

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Eligibility: This award is only open to students of the APC. Students must have graduated from the Program by August 2022 and have applied for AHRI professional certification. All APC students applying for HR certification in the award year are automatically considered for this award. 

The Undergraduate HR Student Award recognises an undergraduate HR student who demonstrates excellence through submission a formal response to an essay topic focussed upon a current challenge facing the HR profession. 

Supported by Ram Charan: Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time.  

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Eligibility: This award is only open to students of the APC. Students must have graduated from the Program by August 2022 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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The AHRI Practising Certification Scholarship specifically targeted for an individual who has a focus upon workforce diversity, equity and inclusion. The scholarship will allow the successful individual to enter into the AHRI Practising HR Certification program at no cost. The individual may complete the Certification pathway most appropriate to their individual circumstance.  Pathways can be viewed on the AHRI website.   

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

In memory of Sandra Cormack (1955 – 2018): Sandra Cormack was a passionate advocate for the HR profession and long-term AHRI employee (1993-1998 and 2008-2018) who had a lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion not only within workplaces but in broader society. AHRI is proud to celebrate Sandra Cormack’s legacy in not only making the certification program available to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to access it but also to celebrate HR practitioners who specialise in workforce diversity and inclusion. 

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Organisation Awards

The Workplace Mental Health Award recognises organisations that work to improve understanding, awareness and support of the mental health and wellness 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 Health and Wellbeing Award. 

Supported by Allan Fels: Professor Allan Fels AO is the Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, and serves or has served on several government advisory boards in the field of mental health. He is also Chairman of the Haven Foundation, which seeks to provide accommodation and support for the long-term mentally ill.  

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

Supported by Elizabeth Broderick AO:  Elizabeth Broderick AO is an Australian lawyer, who was the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner for over eight years from 2007 to 2015 and has a United Nations special rapporteur for Discrimination against Women and Girls since 2017.  

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The 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.

Supported by Graeme Innes AM: Graeme Innes has been a campaigner for people with disabilities since he was three. He started by fundraising for what was then the Royal Blind Society (now Vision Australia) and spun the chocolate wheel with Sir Robert Helpmann at a fundraiser for the Victor Maxwell Kindergarten. 

Graeme was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 to July 2014.  

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The 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. 

Supported by Michael Kirby AC CMG: Michael Kirby is a jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. Michael has been a long-time advocate for human rights and LGBTIQ+ inclusion and continues to hold a number of senior positions in global legal and humanitarian bodies. 

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The Cross Cultural Management Award recognises excellence in management initiatives and programs which enhance the cross cultural inclusion within an organisation with a focus on effectively understanding cultural differences and building approaches to successfully manage these differences. This may include 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. 

Supported by Fons Trompenaars: Fons Trompenaars is a Dutch organizational theorist, management consultant, and author in the field of cross-cultural communication. Fons has gained global recognition for his work and research in this field and is known for the development of Trompenaars’ model of national culture differences. 

Read more about Fons Trompenaars

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This award recognises excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employment initiatives and programs. The emphasis is on recognising those programs and initiatives that effectively break down the barriers to employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and that achieve positive, mutually beneficial outcomes for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employees and the organisation. 

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The Generational Diversity Award recognises excellence in age diversity in the workplace. This award identifies programs and initiatives that specifically focus on promoting and embedding generational 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. 

In memory of Susan Ryan AO (1942 – 2020):  Susan Ryan was an Australian politician and public servant. She was a member of the Australian Labor Party and held several ministerial offices in the Hawke Government including as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women. Susan was the first woman from the ALP to serve in cabinet and was notably involved in the creation of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunities in Employment) Act 1986. After leaving politics she served as the Age Discrimination Commissioner from 2011 to 2016, within the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

Read more about Susan Ryan

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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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The 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. 

Supported by Dr Marshall Goldsmith: Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries.  

His work and research in the area of talent management and coaching been recognized by almost every professional organisation in his field.  

Read more about  Dr Marshall Goldsmith

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The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding strategies and initiatives that promote and support the 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 Workplace Mental Health Award. 

Supported by Martin Seligman: Founder and pioneer in the study of positive psychology, Martin Seligman is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. 

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The 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. 

Supported by Rob Goffee: Rob Goffee is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. He has led several of the School’s major executive programmes, acted as Chair for the Organisational Behaviour Group, served as Deputy Dean and Governor, Director of the Innovation Exchange and Faculty Director of Executive Education. 

Read more about Rob Goffee

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The Technology Impact 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. 

Supported by Peter Williams: Although his professional training was as a Chartered Accountant, Peter Williams started working with internet technologies in 1993 while in the UK and on his return to Australia in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group within Deloitte Australia. 

Williams was also the CEO of the Eclipse Group, a Deloitte subsidiary that was one of Australia’s largest web and mobile development firms, from 2003 to 2008 and then founded Deloitte Digital, a business pioneering the delivery of professional services online. 

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The 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. 

In memory of Sir Ken Robinson (1950 – 2020): Sir Ken Robinson PhD, was an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. He was also one of the world’s leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. 

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The 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. 

Supported by Wayne Cascio: Wayne F. Cascio is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado, and he holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver.  

Read more about Wayne Cascio

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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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