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Australian HR Awards 2013

The leading lights of Australia's HR industry shone bright last Friday at the annual Australian HR Awards.

Hosted by Human Resources Director Magazine at Sydney's Westin Hotel and MC'd by television personality Richard Wilkins, the night celebrated everything great about Australia's ever evolving HR industry, with 20 awards being presented in front of over 700 attendees.

Video transcript below:

Reporter: The leading lights of Australia’s HR industry shone bright last Friday at the annual Australian HR awards. Hosted by Human Resources Director Magazine at Sydney’s Westin Hotel and emceed by television personality, Richard Wilkins, the night celebrated everything great about Australia’s ever evolving HR industry with 20 awards being presented being presented in front of the over 700 attendees.

- My goodness, thank you so much.

Reporter: A smiling Rhonda Brighton-Hall of Commonwealth Bank took home the prestigious Hall of Fame Award, saying she was both thrilled and proud.

Rhonda Brighton-Hall: It’s hugely flattering and really surprising and I was really honoured. It’s just delightful, delightful.

Reporter: The much sought after HR Director of the Year Award was snapped up by a very modest Simone Caroll of the REA Group. She says a lot of their new systems have been inspired by leaders of the past.

Simone Caroll: I think a lot of the agile and lean operating systems that we put in that some, not really my idea, I think that Demming came up with it and even Winston Churchill, we are just sort of bringing that to modern day I guess, to try and get the most out of people and I just hope that people are engaged in the business.

Reporter: HR team of the year this year fell to ecstatic Qsuper, who praised the HR Awards for taking the time to celebrate the achievements of corporate Australia.

QSuper: I think it is a great night to celebrate what HR is trying to do across the country. I think that tonight there were some really great awards given out, very worthy awards and people doing some very different and innovative things which is fantastic for corporate Australia.

Reporter: After a three course dinner with amusement provided by the operatic entertainers, The Three Waiters, the revellers danced the night away with the Everyday People Band, making sure that once again the Australian HR awards were a night to remember.