Media Release: AIHS Announces Finalists for the Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2024

The Australian Institute of Health & Safety is pleased to announce the finalists for the Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards (AWHSA) 2024.

This year the awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner on the 29th of August in Sydney. Tickets are on sale here.

When discussing the quality of nominations for this year, AIHS CEO Julia Whitford said, “The AWHSA continues to showcase outstanding innovation and excellence in workplace health and safety across Australia. We are proud to recognise the remarkable efforts of individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to advancing the profession. The judging panels faced a challenging task in selecting the finalists, and we extend our gratitude to everyone who submitted nominations for their exceptional work.”

We are pleased to announce the following finalists for each award category:

Australian WHS Champion (CEO) of the Year < 1,000 employees
Meredith Staib, Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland 
John Mawson, E. B. Mawson and Sons Pty Ltd
Mell Greenall, Before You Dig Australia

Australian WHS Champion (CEO) of the Year > 1,000 employees
Jason McGarry, The Eureka Group
Prof. Russell Harrison, Western Health
Ross Taylor, Fletcher Building Group Ltd

Australian WHS Leader of the Year < 1,000 employees
Denise Mercer, National Territory Education Union 
Jamie Mallinder
Matthew McBean, Machinemonitor Pty Ltd
Wade DeManiel, CouriersPlease
Paul Lyndon, Georgiou Group

Australian WHS Leader of the Year > 1,000 employees
Stuart Rawlins, Autopact
John Sharp-Collett, Skilltech (part of Downer Group)
Ann Redfern, Fulton Hogan Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd
William Newell, Northern Territory Government

Australian WHS Emerging Leader of the Year
Kristine Cotter, Synergy Safety Solutions
Ash Presser, Aquatic Risk Services Australia
Preston Chambers, Fulton Hogan Australia Pty Ltd
David Latimore, BGIS Pty Ltd
Jayson Withers, Georgiou Group

Australian HSR of the Year
Kerry-Anne Jones, Banana Shire Council
Karina Marshall, NTG, AGD, NT Correctional Services
Tim Seiuli, Primary Connect, Melbourne Liquor Distribution Centre
Robert Nankivell, BHP Newman Operations

Australian WHS Team of the Year
Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Strategy and Systems Team, Brisbane Catholic Education
Gamuda, Gamuda
Arup HSEQ Functional Transformation, Arup Pty Limited
World Class Facility, World Class Safety, National Arboretum Canberra and UC Stromlo Forest Park

Best Health & Wellbeing Program
Project WERC: Workplace Engagement Respect and Care, Woolworths Group in partnership with University of South Australia and University of Queensland 
iCare Health and Wellbeing Program at Port Phillip Prison, Port Phillip Prison, operated by G4S
Fostering a Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace, The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN)
Early Injury Intervention Program, Brisbane Catholic Education 
Risk Management Teams - Everyone Onboard for Worker Health and Wellbeing, National Pies Pty Ltd, T/A Tasmanian Bakeries
Women’s Health and Wellbeing Program, supported through Viva Healthier and Happier, Bupa APAC

Best WHS Learning & Professional Development Program
SMART Manual Handling - Leadership Engagement, EMP Onsite
Empowering Safe & Healthy Teams, BlueScope
Safety Ambassador Program, BGIS
Improving Health & Safety Outcomes through Multi-faceted Training, North East Link Program
Australia’s True North Behavioural-Based Safety Program, BGC Australia

Best WHS Technology Innovation
Portable Local Extraction Ventilation, SYNERGETICS Pty Ltd trading as Synergetics Consulting Engineers
BeamSafe Thermographic Monitoring System for Lithium-Ion Battery Charging Racks, Beam Mobility
Australia Forklift and Pedestrian Segregation, Mars Confectionary Australia
Shiplift Wire Rope Change Skid, Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd
Critical Risk Lookahead – Digital Concierge for Leaders in Identifying and Attending Critical Risk Works, Downer Group – (Social Infrastructure and Citizen Services)
Eliminating Live Work (ELW) using the SafeTest Tachometer & MultiTool Pro, SafeGauge

Best WHS Technology Deployment and Adoption
Extended Reality (XR) Training Aids - Electrical Installation Fault Finding and Compliance Testing (Domestic), Energy Queensland App - Powerline Safety Planning Applications, Energy Queensland
Violence and Aggression Virtual Reality Training, Woolworths Group
Adoption of Blindsight AI System in a Feedlot environment, Mort & Co

The AIHS would like to thank Zenergy for partnering with us in the delivery of this event.


You can read more about the finalists here.

Media Enquiries:
AIHS Contact: Rebecca Turnbull
Tel: (03) 8336 1995
Email: [email protected]

About the AIHS: With a 75-year history, the Australian Institute of Health & Safety is Australia’s national association for the health and safety profession, with a vision for safe and healthy people in productive workplaces and communities.