Defence Wins AHRI Disability Employment Award

Tue 12 December 2017

Five Defence staff, one holding the AHRI award, stand with Mr Graeme Innes, who has a seeing eye dog at his feet, in front of a backdrop of company logos.

Above: Image of Defence representatives with Graeme Innes. Left to right: Assistant Director Diversity Mrs Serena Fernandes, Mr Graeme Innes AM, Deputy Secretary Defence People Group Ms Roxanne Kelley, Executive Officer Diversity Ms Siobhan Mitchell-Taverner, Director of Diversity Ms Barb Phelan (photo courtesy of AHRI). 


AND Gold Member, Department of Defence has won the Australian HR Institute’s (AHRI) 2017 Graeme Innes AM Disability Employment Award.

Australia’s most prestigious Human Resources (HR) awards program, the AHRI Awards are independently judged by an advisory panel of global leaders from HR and business.

The Graeme Innes AM Disability Employment Award recognises excellence in disability employment initiatives and programs in the workplace. Having established two high quality employment programs for people with intellectual disability, Department of Defence has increased the employment participation rates for people with disability, and made significant improvements to workplace adjustments.

Accepting the award at a ceremony held in Victoria on November 29, Ms Roxanne Kelley, Deputy Secretary Defence People Group said:

“I am extremely honoured to accept this significant award on behalf of the Department of Defence and our industry partners. For the Department of Defence, building a diverse and inclusive workforce is not just about equality or doing the right thing, it is about building our capability and ensuring our operational effectiveness.”

Acknowledging the significant contribution people of all abilities bring to Defence’s workforce, Ms Kelley said:

“The future success of the Australian Defence Force and ultimately our nation’s security is inextricably linked to our capacity to attract and retain the best possible talent, ensuring we have the right people in the right jobs. It is our hope that this award will inspire opportunity for people living with disability in other organisations.”

We would also like to congratulate AND Silver Member, Programmed’s Managing Director, Chris Sutherland for winning the AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award. The award recognises Mr Sutherland as a business leader who empowers employees and demonstrates excellence in workforce diversity.

Chris Sutherland in suit and tie holding his AHRI award against a backdrop of company logos

Above: Image of Chris Sutherland with his award (photo courtesy of AHRI). 

Visit the AHRI website to view the full list of 2017 award winners

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