The ninth annual Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) Industry Awards took place on Thursday to celebrate outstanding people and programs in Australia’s resources industry.
AMMA chief executive Steve Knott said the awards highlight a commitment to improving workplace practices to benefit both the industry and the wider community.
“The leadership and innovation displayed by resource employers across workforce areas such as training, diversity, and health and wellbeing is what underpins our industry as a pillar of the national economy,” he said.
“The record number of award nominations received this year is testament to the resource industry’s ongoing commitment to workforce and operational excellence in the face of challenging market conditions.”
Knott also congratulated the joint winners of the Young Professional Award; Viva Energy’s Annie Martyn and the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls.
“Annie and Jarrad exemplify the exceptional talent rising within the resource industry. The leadership, ingenuity and professionalism they have displayed within a relatively short period of time makes them both worthy of an AMMA Young Professional Award.”
The winners included:
Indigenous Employment & Retention Award: Fortescue Metals Group’s ‘Trade Up’ Program
This was developed in an effort to increase the number of Aboriginal tradespeople employed nationwide from 6 per cent in 2015 to 20 per cent by 2022.
Training & Development: The Mancala Group
After winning a three-year underground mine development and production contract in Vietnam, they successfully developed a new training approach to ensure the local Vietnamese workers performed to Australian standards and recorded no lost-time injuries.
Workforce Innovation Award: Compass Group’s ‘Village Life’ Program
The ‘Village Life’ initiative counters traditional mine site “camp” accommodation as it creates a shared sense of community and fosters a safer, more engaged, and productive workforce through exercise, healthy meals and social activities.
Health & Wellbeing Award: New Hope Group’s ‘Live Well, Work Well’ Program
The health and wellness program was introduced to combat the risk indicators of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol in their Acaland Coal mine workforce.
Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) Award: Australian Rail Track Corporation
The business successfully increased their number of women in their workforce from 17 to 19 per cent. The company’s culture also supports diversity through introducing unconscious bias training, supplying female uniforms and having flexible work options.
Young Professional Award: Joint winners
Annie Martyn, Turnaround Execution Coordinator with Viva Energy Australia, for her efforts creating a process to develop scope for a major refinery turnaround in 2015.
Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, Employment Program Manager with Wirrpanda Foundation, for helping more than 180 indigenous people gain employment and mentoring them through it.