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Surf Coast Shire Council has received a national award recognising its focus on workforce health and wellbeing.

Council won the Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award at the Australian Human Resources Institute Awards, recognising outstanding strategies and initiatives in the area.

Other finalists in the category were Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, Sydney Water, Snowy Hydro, Australian Red Cross and the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The short-listed organisations demonstrated their commitment to workforce health and wellbeing, showing how they make it an organisational priority and how they embed health and wellbeing objectives into policies and processes.

They also demonstrated direct impact on the health and wellbeing of employees and their organisation.

“We are proud and thrilled to have received this special recognition from Australia’s peak HR organisation and the sector, particularly given the challenges our people have worked through during the past couple of years,” Council Chief Executive Officer Robyn Seymour said.

“Our program encourages people to focus on personal and team wellbeing objectives. If our staff are healthy and well then they can do their best work to help our community and environment to thrive.”

More than 600 people from across Australia attended the online presentation ceremony.

Australian HR Institute Chief Executive Officer Sarah McCann-Bartlett said the awards acknowledged important achievement.

“There is no better time for us to celebrate the HR industry and the pivotal role that it has played over the last two years,” Ms McCann-Bartlett said.

“There is no doubt that HR professionals have shaped and led the policies and responses that have enabled companies and organisations to succeed through this pandemic,”

The national accolade follows Council recently winning Victorian honours in the Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Awards for delivery of its Kerbside 2021 Waste Transformation Project. The national winner will be announced in February.


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