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The 2024 BHP and CCIWA Diversity and Inclusion Awards stand as a prestigious recognition of excellence in businesses promoting diversity and inclusion within Western Australia.

These awards celebrate the organisations and individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to diversity and inclusion, acknowledging their innovative strategies, transformative initiatives, and visionary leadership. These elements are instrumental in shaping workplaces where every employee, irrespective of their background, can not only excel but also thrive and bring their unique perspectives to the forefront.

We want to shine a spotlight on the businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to create workplaces that foster collaboration, creativity and equity. By recognising their accomplishments, we aim to inspire others to embark on their own journeys towards building diverse and inclusive workplaces that empower every individual to contribute their best for WA.

Why Enter?

These awards showcase your businesses commitment to diversity and inclusion, bolstering your credibility and prestige. It can help attract and retain top talent while fostering innovation and creativity within your teams.

Moreover, it differentiates your business in the marketplace and highlights your readiness for growth. Participating in the D&I Awards is a powerful way to make a positive impact and contribute to a more inclusive society in WA.

Explore our Diversity & Inclusion Award Categories

Our D&I Awards shine a spotlight on outstanding diversity and inclusion initiatives that drive meaningful change within commercial enterprises or any collaborative partnerships between businesses, non-government organisations (NGOs), and non-profit organisations (NFPs).

The Indigenous Inclusion Award is dedicated to celebrating outstanding achievements in fostering Indigenous representation, inclusion and diversity. This award acknowledges individuals, organisations, and initiatives that have demonstrated a commitment to creating inclusive environments that honour and empower Indigenous communities.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Authentic Representation: Recognises individuals or entities that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to accurately and respectfully represent Indigenous cultures, traditions and perspectives in their work, projects, or initiatives.

Community Collaboration: Acknowledges those who actively engage and collaborate with Indigenous communities, fostering partnerships built on mutual respect, understanding and shared goals. This includes initiatives that promote economic empowerment, education and social wellbeing within Indigenous communities.

Cultural Sensitivity: Honours efforts to promote and maintain cultural sensitivity in all aspects of work, avoiding appropriation and ensuring that Indigenous voices are not only heard but actively valued.

Inclusive Policies and Practices: Recognises organisations that have implemented policies and practices that actively promote the inclusion of Indigenous individuals, both within the workplace and in broader societal contexts.

Educational Initiatives: Celebrates programs or initiatives that contribute to the education and awareness of Indigenous history, culture and issues. This includes educational campaigns, workshops and resources that aim to eliminate stereotypes and foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives.

The Disability & Access Inclusion Award, sponsored by Activ, celebrates an individual or organisation that has demonstrated an innovative approach and leadership in fostering disability and access inclusion. This award recognises dedication to breaking down barriers, promoting inclusivity and creating environments that empower everyone, regardless of their abilities.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Innovative Inclusion Initiatives: Recognises efforts to deliver inventive and effective initiatives that enhance accessibility in various aspects of life, including but not limited to education, employment, public spaces and digital platforms.

Impactful Advocacy: Highlighting advocacy for the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities, driving positive change through community engagement or by pushing for policy change.

Barrier-free Environments: Displaying a commitment to removing physical, social and digital barriers, ensuring that their spaces and services are universally accessible to everyone.

Inclusive Technology Integration: Recognising individuals or organisations that leverage technology to create and implement solutions that enhance accessibility, promote digital inclusion and empower individuals with disabilities.

Sustainable Impact: Recognising individuals or organisations that make a lasting impact on the lives of people with disabilities, creating a ripple effect of positive change that extends beyond immediate initiatives.

The Cultural Inclusion Award recognises individuals, organisations, or initiatives that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to fostering cultural inclusion within their organisations or fields. The award celebrates people and organisations that make sure all voices are heard and feel valued and respected, regardless of cultural backgrounds, ethnicities or identities, and that everyone feels empowered to contribute, learn and thrive.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Dedicated Advocacy: Recognising a commitment to advocating for cultural inclusion and diversity by actively embracing different cultures and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Innovative Initiatives: Implementing pioneering programs, projects, or strategies that promote cultural inclusion in creative and impactful ways that have tangible outcomes, fostering meaningful interactions among individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Community Engagement: Demonstrating a dedication to building a culturally inclusive workplace by engaging with people from various cultural backgrounds. This involvement could include organising events, workshops, seminars, or other activities that promote cultural exchange and dialogue.

Leadership and Collaboration: Strong leadership teams that promote cultural inclusion and working collaboratively so diverse stakeholders and staff feel respected, heard and valued in a safe environment that celebrates and respects different cultures.

Measurable Impact: Showcasing the positive impact an individual or organisation has had on cultural inclusion within their sphere of influence. This could be quantified through statistics, testimonials, or stories that highlight the changes and improvements brought about by their efforts.

Educational Outreach: Candidates who have contributed to raising awareness and educating others about the value of cultural diversity and inclusion are highly regarded. This could involve teaching about different cultures, history, traditions and their significance.

Overcoming Challenges: Showcasing an ability to face and overcome obstacles while championing cultural inclusion.

In recognition of outstanding commitment to fostering a workplace community, or organisation that embraces and celebrates diversity in all its vibrant forms. This award honours innovation in creating an environment where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, feels valued, respected and included.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Inclusive Policies and Practices: The recipients of this award should demonstrate a clear dedication to inclusivity by implementing and upholding policies that actively support LGBTQIA+ individuals. This includes non-discriminatory hiring practices and fair treatment in all aspects of employment or engagement.

Education and Awareness: Recognising and acknowledging that understanding is the cornerstone of acceptance, the awardee invests in education and awareness programs to promote understanding and empathy among all staff members. This may involve workshops, training sessions, or initiatives that cultivate a culture of respect and openness.

Representation: Highlighting active steps towards ensuring that LGBTQIA+ individuals are represented at all levels within the organisation or community. This could involve diverse representation in leadership, visible support through events, and initiatives that amplify LGBTQIA+ voices.

Safe and Inclusive Spaces: Celebrating the creation of physical and emotional spaces that are safe and welcoming for everyone, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This encompasses both physical environments and digital platforms.

The Gender Inclusion Award recognises and celebrates organisations or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and innovation in fostering an environment of gender inclusivity. This award acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond to promote equality, diversity, and respect for all gender identities.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Inclusive Policies and Practices: Showcasing concrete efforts in implementing inclusive policies and practices that actively support and embrace individuals of all gender identities.

Leadership and Advocacy: Acknowledging those who have shown exemplary leadership in advocating for gender inclusion, both within their organisation and in the wider community by actively promoting a culture of openness and acceptance.

Diversity and Representation: Highlighting significant strides in ensuring diverse representation at all levels of an organisation, recognising that true gender inclusion requires representation from all backgrounds and identities.

Educational Initiatives: Recognising successful implementation of educational programs and initiatives to raise awareness about gender diversity, fostering a more informed and supportive community.

Measurable Impact: Judges will look for evidence of measurable impact, whether through increased representation, improved workplace satisfaction, or other indicators that demonstrate a positive change resulting from the nominee's efforts.

The Community & Social Impact Award recognises individuals or a team who have demonstrated exceptional commitment, leadership and innovation in promoting diversity and inclusion through policy advocacy and social initiatives that have had a measurable impact in making WA the best place to live and do business.

Whether through innovative policies, impactful programming, educational initiatives, or strategic partnerships, this award celebrates those who have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to advancing equal opportunities and representation for historically marginalised and underrepresented groups.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Influential Leadership: Showcasing exceptional leadership skills by mobilising teams, communities and stakeholders to collectively work towards achieving change.

Innovative Initiatives: Recognising creative and innovative programs that offer opportunity and provide assistance and support to marginalised and isolated communities, while inspiring others to follow suit.

Impactful Social Advocacy: Celebrating effective social advocacy campaigns that help drive change at a community level regarding diversity and inclusion issues. This can include organising and participating in events, workshops, seminars and other activities, and could be demonstrated through data-driven results, such as increased representation of underrepresented groups, improved employee satisfaction scores, or measurable reductions in bias incidents.

Education and Awareness: Demonstrating a commitment to educating others about the value of diversity and inclusion. This could include conducting workshops, seminars, or training sessions to raise awareness, challenge biases and promote understanding among peers and colleagues.

Sustainability and Longevity: Showcasing a demonstrated commitment to change and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion long after initial implementation.

The Individual Change Maker Award acknowledges the dedicated efforts of an individual that has displayed outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion programs or initiatives. This award celebrates efforts to deliver exemplary workplace environments where people from all backgrounds feel valued, empowered and able to contribute their unique perspectives.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Impactful and Innovative Leadership: Showcasing exemplary leadership skills in the context of diversity and inclusion, resulting in tangible positive changes, either by creating more inclusive environments, addressing systemic bias, or fostering better relationships among diverse groups while highlighting new ideas, methods, or strategies that have effectively expanded opportunities and reduced disparities.

Sustained Effort: Recognising a history of consistent and sustained efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion, whether through long-term community involvement, continuous organisational development, or ongoing educational programs.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Celebrating successful collaboration with others, including partnerships and engagement in cross-sector initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion.

Measurable Outcomes: Highlighting clear evidence of impact, including data, testimonials, case studies, or other quantifiable measures that highlight the effectiveness of their work.

Community Engagement: Recognising active community engagement by reaching out to diverse groups and incorporating their input into the diversity and inclusion initiatives. This reflects a commitment to listening to and learning from underrepresented voices.

The Workplace Wellbeing Award recognises individuals, organisations, or initiatives that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to fostering a comprehensive and multi-faceted wellbeing strategy in the workplace. This award celebrates those who have made a substantial impact in promoting a harmonious balance of physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing, encompassing various aspects of life.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Integrated Wellbeing Strategy: Showcasing a well-defined and all-encompassing approach to wellbeing that goes beyond isolated initiatives, including a comprehensive strategy that addresses physical health, mental resilience, emotional intelligence, social connectivity and environmental consciousness.

Diverse Wellness Initiatives: Recognising wellness programs and initiatives that cater to diverse needs and preferences. These initiatives may encompass fitness programs, mental health workshops, emotional support networks, nutritional guidance, mindfulness practices and other activities that contribute to the overall enrichment of participants' lives.

Collaborative Engagement: Celebrating collaboration with various stakeholders, including employees, community members, experts and partners with an emphasis on engagement and active participation and fostering a sense of belonging and shared responsibility among individuals.

Measurable Impact: Recognising tangible improvements in wellbeing. This could be reflected in quantitative metrics such as reduced stress levels, increased physical activity, improved mental health assessments or enhanced work-life balance.

Innovation and Adaptability: Showcasing a willingness to innovate and adapt their strategies to changing circumstances. This could involve incorporating emerging wellness trends, utilising technology for remote engagement, and making adjustments to cater to evolving needs and challenges.

Long-term Sustainability: Spotlighting long-term sustainability of wellbeing initiatives. This could involve building a culture of wellbeing that transcends short-term trends and remains a central aspect of the organisation's identity.

Educational and Empowering Elements: Recognising initiatives that not only provide support but also empower individuals to take ownership of their own wellbeing journey. This could involve offering educational resources, tools and guidance that enable participants to make informed choices about their health and happiness.

The Talent Management Excellence Award acknowledges those organisations who have successfully embedded progressive talent management practices within their businesses. This award seeks to recognise those who have displayed innovative and effective strategies in attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent, contributing to the sustained success of their organisations.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Strategic Vision: Celebrating a clear and forward-thinking vision for talent management that aligns with the rapidly evolving nature of industries and work environments. Demonstrating an understanding of how to leverage emerging technologies, changing workforce demographics and global trends to enhance their talent management approach.

Innovation in Recruitment: Exhibiting creativity and resourcefulness in identifying and attracting exceptional talent, harnessing digital platforms, social media, or data analytics to identify potential candidates who resonate with the organisation's culture and objectives.

Holistic Development: Recognising individuals or organisations that prioritise the holistic development of their talent pool. This could include implementing initiatives that go beyond skill-building to include mentorship, coaching and opportunities for continuous learning, fostering both personal and professional growth.

Diversity and Inclusion: Showcasing a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. This could include efforts to create an environment where individuals from varied backgrounds can thrive, recognising the value of different perspectives in driving innovation and overall success.

Adaptive Performance Management: Highlighting individuals or organisations that exhibit a proficiency in adapting their performance management practices suiting the evolving needs of their workforce. This includes real-time feedback mechanisms, goal alignment and regular assessments that empower employees to excel.

Retention Strategies: Demonstrating innovative approaches to retaining top talent, such as creating flexible work arrangements, providing opportunities for advancement and nurturing a positive work culture that encourages employee loyalty.

Leadership Excellence: Championing talent management initiatives that foster a culture of talent-centricity and inspiring others to embrace modern approaches to nurturing human capital.

Measurable Impact: Showcasing successful talent management initiatives that have led to improved employee engagement, increased productivity, reduced turnover rates and overall organisational growth.

The Best D&I Initiative: Small Business Award recognises outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and fostering inclusion within a small business and celebrates initiatives that show a genuine dedication to embracing diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Strategy and Vision: Exhibiting a well-defined and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, aligning with the organisation's core values and long-term vision and demonstrating a clear roadmap for achieving diversity and inclusion goals.

Innovative Practices: Showcasing creativity and innovation through initiatives that break away from conventional methods and demonstrate new, effective ways of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.

Employee Engagement: Fostering a sense of belonging and engagement among employees from various backgrounds and empowering employees to share their perspectives, engage in open dialogue and contribute to an inclusive work environment.

Measurable Impact: Include measurable evidence of the initiative's impact. This could include data on workforce demographics, retention rates, employee satisfaction, promotions and other relevant metrics that highlight positive changes resulting from the initiative.

Leadership Buy-in: Recognising visible and consistent buy-in from top leadership, as well as engagement at all levels of the organisation.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Highlighting collaboration with external organisations, community groups, or industry partners to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sustainability: Acknowledging strategies for maintaining momentum, adapting to changing circumstances, and continuously evolving to meet the evolving needs of the organisation and workforce.

Cultural Transformation: Exhibiting cultural transformation within the organisation, including shifts in attitudes, behaviours, and overall workplace dynamics that reflect a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.

The Best D&I Initiative: Medium Business Award recognises outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and fostering inclusion within medium business and celebrates initiatives that go beyond policies and show a genuine dedication to embracing diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Strategy and Vision: Exhibiting a well-defined and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, aligning with the organisation's core values and long-term vision and demonstrating a clear roadmap for achieving diversity and inclusion goals.

Innovative Practices: Showcasing creativity and innovation through initiatives that break away from conventional methods and demonstrate new, effective ways of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.

Employee Engagement: Fostering a sense of belonging and engagement among employees from various backgrounds and empowering employees to share their perspectives, engage in open dialogue and contribute to an inclusive work environment.

Measurable Impact: Include measurable evidence of the initiative's impact. This could include data on workforce demographics, retention rates, employee satisfaction, promotions and other relevant metrics that highlight positive changes resulting from the initiative.

Leadership Buy-in: Recognising visible and consistent buy-in from top leadership, as well as engagement at all levels of the organisation.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Highlighting collaboration with external organisations, community groups, or industry partners to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sustainability: Acknowledging strategies for maintaining momentum, adapting to changing circumstances and continuously evolving to meet the evolving needs of the organisation and workforce.

Cultural Transformation: Exhibiting cultural transformation within the organisation, including shifts in attitudes, behaviours and overall workplace dynamics that reflect a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.

The Best D&I Initiative: Corporate Enterprise Award recognises outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and fostering inclusion within corporate enterprises and celebrates initiatives that go beyond policies and show a genuine dedication to embracing diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

Nominees for this award are encouraged to reference the following qualifications where possible.

Strategy and Vision: Exhibiting a well-defined and comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, aligning with the organisation's core values and long-term vision and demonstrating a clear roadmap for achieving diversity and inclusion goals.

Innovative Practices: Showcasing creativity and innovation through initiatives that break away from conventional methods and demonstrate new, effective ways of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.

Employee Engagement: Fostering a sense of belonging and engagement among employees from various backgrounds and empowering employees to share their perspectives, engage in open dialogue, and contribute to an inclusive work environment.

Measurable Impact: Include measurable evidence of the initiative's impact. This could include data on workforce demographics, retention rates, employee satisfaction, promotions and other relevant metrics that highlight positive changes resulting from the initiative.

Leadership Buy-in: Recognising visible and consistent buy-in from top leadership, as well as engagement at all levels of the organisation.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Highlighting collaboration with external organisations, community groups, or industry partners to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sustainability: Acknowledging strategies for maintaining momentum, adapting to changing circumstances and continuously evolving to meet the evolving needs of the organisation and workforce.

Cultural Transformation: Exhibiting cultural transformation within the organisation, including shifts in attitudes, behaviours and overall workplace dynamics that reflect a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.

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Judging Criteria

There are three criteria in which your submission will be judged as set out below:

1. Innovation (Criteria weighting 30% - 700-word limit per question).

a) Describe the D&I innovation or initiative.

b) What systems, policies, instruments, partnerships, or community engagements were adapted, or adopted to facilitate the D&I initiative or innovation?

2. Benefit & Measurements (Criteria weighting 35% -700-word limit per question).

a) Who did the D&I innovation or initiative benefit?

b) How has the effectiveness of the D&I innovation or initiative benefit been measured?

c) What changes and improvements resulted from the D&I innovation or initiative? (Please include metrics where possible).

3. Impact and outreach (Criteria weighting 35% - 700-word limit per question).

a) How has the D&I initiative, or program delivered on its intended purpose?

b) What is the representation of people from key diversity groups?

c) What behavioural, or attitude changes have evolved within your organisation?

d) Through your D&I innovation or initiative how have you sought to impact external parties such as clients, customers, suppliers, and partnerships?