Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) chief executive Steve Knott has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) as part of today’s Australia Day celebrations.
Knott, who has led the AMMA since 1998, has been recognised for “significant service to the resources and energy industries, to the advancement of women, and to industrial relations”.
Over almost two decades Knott has overseen the organisation’s national policy development, workplace consulting services and employment support programs during a period where the industry’s workforce grew from about 85,000 employees to now directly employ 228,000 Australians.
In his role as one of Australia’s leading identities for the national resources and energy industries, as well as one of the country’s preeminent industrial relations specialists, Knott has consistently advocated for policy and industry outcomes that promote AMMA’s vision: “To ensure the Australian resource industry is an attractive and competitive place to employ people, invest, do business and contribute to Australia’s national wellbeing.”
In addition to leading AMMA, Knott’s contribution to industrial relations in Australia extends to multiple advisory councils and board positions.
Knott’s contribution to the advancement of women has primarily been through leadership of the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA), an Australian Government-backed initiative which since 2011 has worked to lift the number of women working within the resources, energy and allied construction and servicing sectors.
Knott said being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia was a proud and special moment.
“I am thankful that throughout my career I have been able to passionately advocate for policy and industry outcomes that maximise the employment opportunities available to Australians in our diverse and wonderful resources and energy sectors,” Knott said.
“I wish to offer my sincere gratitude to the many people over my working life whom without their support this award would not have been possible. I have been fortunate to have some great career and life mentors. This, together with working in an industry that provides prosperity here in Australia and abroad, is an absolute privilege.”