Aurizon and Caltex reach finals of AHRI awards

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Gender equity and diversity programs seen as being at leading edge

Aurizon and Caltex reach finals of AHRI awards
Aurizon's workplace initiatives are in the limelight


Aurizon and Caltex Australia are in the running for the gender equity in the workplace award at this year’s Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Inclusion and Diversity Awards.

The two firms have been recognised for training and development opportunities they offer to women, including leadership and sustainability.

Caltex has introduced nursing mothers’ facilities at its key workplaces to provide privacy for nursing mothers.

It also pays a three percent bonus each quarter to a primary carer once they return to work up until their child’s second birthday and offers each employee access to five "emergency child care" sessions per year valued up to $300 which can be used for emergency care that arises in connection with work responsibilities.

The fuel supplier has partnered with a specialist external childcare provider to engage with employees before they return to work.

The company is also in the running for the Sir Ken Robinson Award for workforce flexibility and gender equity initiatives.

Rail freight company Aurizon has been recognised for its plans to double the number of its female staff within five years.

Women currently make up 13 per cent of the workforce and the company plans to increase the number of 30 per cent.

It implemented a business diversity plan two years ago in order to attract, develop, transition and retain women following a lack of gender diversity in the workforce.

An independent judging panel consisting of HR and business leaders will announce the winner on October 30 in Melbourne.

Aurizon is in the running for another accolade with managing director and CEO Lance Hockridge a finalist in the Diversity Champion CEO award.

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