Australia’s peak resource industry employer group AMMA has celebrated innovation and excellence in the sector at the 10th annual Industry Awards in Perth tonight (22 August).

AMMA Chief Executive Steve Knott AM said the calibre of the entries was exceptional.

“These awards are an opportunity to reflect on best practice, innovation and excellence in our sector,” he said.

“Judges had no easy task in selecting the winners and this is an indication of the good work occurring at an individual and company level, setting Australia up as a global leader in employee and employer management.

“It’s a testament to our companies, our industry leadership and the opportunities being created in these challenging times.”

Fortescue Metals Group won the prestigious AWRA – Australian Women in Resources Alliance Award (Linda O’Farrell, Group Manager Fortescue People, pictured right). Listen to Linda’s acceptance speech here.

“The diversity initiatives set in place at Fortescue are a positive step in addressing the inequality for women in the resources and energy sector workplaces,” Mr Knott said.

“Only 13 per cent of our industry are women – that is not good enough.

“Programs run by Fortescue are a shining example of best practice to increase the number of women in the sector’s workforce and we’re proud to recognise this leadership with a prestigious national award.”

Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Mr Nev Power said the company was very proud to be recognised for its commitment to building a diverse workplace by receiving the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) award.

“We are focused on providing practical solutions to ensure women can grow professionally and have the support and flexibility to have a career and family. We want to make a real difference by creating a welcoming, supportive and encouraging environment for women,” Mr Power said.

Hannah Campbell (pictured, left, with Steve Knott) from Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) was named the 2017 Young Professional, in recognition of her leadership in her role as Moranbah Operations Readiness Coordinator, where she has led the planning and execution of plant shutdown and decommissioning. Listen to Hannah’s acceptance speech here.


Heathgate Resources (Kerie Chalker and Jacquie Dealtry from Heathgate pictured, right, with Steve Knott) won the Indigenous Employment and Retention Award for its dynamic education program which gives Adnyamathanha school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school.

The program is designed to also give the students a greater understanding of the resources industry and provide them with an opportunity to work on their land while gaining skills for the future. Listen to Jacquie’s acceptance speech here. 

Morris Corporation received the Training and Development Award for its 3Bs of ‘Be Friendly, Be Connected and Be Real’ program which enhanced the company’s customer service model.

Chief Executive Fiona Berkin (pictured, left, with Steve Knott) said the company is proud of its initiative and the award is recognition of the team effort in optimising the program. Listen to Fiona’s acceptance speech here.

McDermott Australia was awarded the Health and Wellbeing Award for its FIFOcus program which has exceeded expectations and contributed to astounding change for offshore workers. Some achievements include:

  • Supervisors speaking up to their crew members about personal mental health issues and difficult times;
  • Individuals losing up to 6kg in weight as part of structured weight loss challenges;
  • Personnel utilising the quit smoking campaign aids, and one whom quit a 25-year habit;
  • Regular attendance at social events held on board like quiz/trivia sessions;
  • The participation of crew’s family/children in activities offered to engage the company’s wider offshore community which impacts greatly on the health and wellbeing of its direct personnel.

Hugh Cuthbertson, McDermott’s Vice President for Asia said, “We are honoured to be recognized by AMMA.  This is an innovative program based on four pillars, Mental Health, Emotional Stability, Social Engagement and Physical Wellbeing, designed specifically to cater to the needs of our workforce offshore and delivered in their workplace.” Steve McMahon and Melanie Edwards, pictured right, receiving the Health and Wellbeing award from Steve Knott.