A record number of entries were received for the 11th annual Diversity@Work Employment and Inclusion awards, which were held in Melbourne last week.
Donna de Zwart, general manager Diversity@Work, said the high number of nominations reflected the increased importance placed on diversity in the workplace.
ANZ won the highest accolade at awards, which were held in Melbourne. The bank was selected as the Organisational Diversity Laureate for its commitment towards developing and delivering a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy across disability, indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse Australians and gender diversity.
ANZ also won the award for Employment and Inclusion of Gender Diversity.
De Zwart said ANZ, headed by CEO Mike Smith, had been a champion for gender diversity over a sustained period of time.
The individual laureate award went to Walter Wagner, the Executive General of Food and Beverage at Crown Casino, for assisting indigenous employment.
Therèse Rein, founder of international employment services company Ingeus and recipient of the 2010 Human Rights Medal gave a keynote speech about her father who became a paraplegic in his early 20s and his battle to return to the workforce.
Other award winners were:
CostaExchange, Award for Employment and Inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Australians.
Deaf Society of NSW, Award for Employment and Inclusion of People with Disability.
Accenture, Award for Employment and Inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex.
National Australia Bank, Award for Employment and Inclusion of Mature Age.
ABC, Award for Employment and Inclusion of Indigenous Australians.
SP AusNet, Award for Today’s Youth – the Future of Tomorrow.