MEDIA RELEASE: AIHS Announces Winners for the Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2023

Wednesday, 6 September, 2023 - 13:15
Media release
National News

The Australian Institute of Health & Safety is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards.

Following a sold-out event held in Melbourne, we are thrilled to announce the following winners:

Australian WHS Champion (CEO) of the Year

Less than 1,000 employees: Andriy Kotykhov, machinemonitor

Greater than or equal to 1,000 employees: Fiona Notley, Curtin University

Australian WHS Leader of the Year

Less than 1,000 employees: Melissa Pollock (COHSProf, FAIHS), Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure

Greater than or equal to 1,000 employees: Tanya Pelja, BGIS

Australian WHS Emerging Leader of the Year: Ally Orr, Endeavour Energy

Australian HSR of the Year: Desmond Thompson, Keolis Downer, proud operator of Yarra Trams

Australian WHS Team of the Year: Mitchell Services Limited (ASX: MSV), Human and Organisational Resilience and Critical Risk Management: A Sustainable Strategy for Improving Workplace Safety

Best WHS Health & Wellbeing Program: Xero

Best WHS Learning & Professional Development Program: Major Road Projects Victoria, The MRPV Civil Construction Safety Cadetship Program

Best WHS Technology Initiative: University of Newcastle, College of Engineering, Science and Environment NU Isolator

AIHS CEO Julia Whitford thanked all finalists by saying “A heartfelt congratulations to all of the outstanding finalists and winners driving change in WHS, and a big thank you to everyone who joined us and contributed to the incredible energy of the night!”

Finally, the AIHS would like to thank Zenergy Safety, Health & Wellbeing for partnering with us in the delivery of the event. As well as our Award Sponsors AmazonBGISEndeavour EnergyColes Group and Coates.


Media Enquiries:

AIHS Contact: Rebecca Turnbull

Tel: (03) 8336 1995


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.