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Congratulations to HAYS Recruitment, Indigenous Managed Services, Ignite Community Network, Kardan Construction and RAH Nominee’s Trading as McDonalds Franchise

PERTH – The winners of the inaugural atWork Australia 2020 WA DES Employer Awards were announced on Wednesday, 25 November at the magnificent The Quay Perth Hotel overlooking Elizabeth Quay in Perth.

Guest speaker, Sharon Wood-Kenney

The event was attended by 100 employer representatives from a broad range of industry sectors. The awards are an opportunity for atWork Australia to acknowledge and give thanks to the valued employers whom they partner; together committed to providing employment opportunities to people living with disability, injury or health condition throughout Western Australia.

Shaun Pianta, atWork Australia’s DES Ambassador hosted the event, welcoming special guests including proud Noongar Yamatji woman Sharon Wood-Kenney who officially commenced the proceedings by performing an inspirational Welcome to Country.

Guests were also privileged to hear from guest speaker, Jack Dunn, an atWork Australia DES client who has successfully gained employment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Jack shared his inspirational story talking about his acquired disability and journey to lasting employment.

Guest speaker, Jack Dunn shares his story

“Remember we may not understand or see someone’s disability but by enabling them to have the same chances as every able body person, will truly make the difference to their self-confidence and drive them to pursue their goals despite their limitations,” said Jack.

atWork Australia’s National Operations Manager, Hugh Reilly said a key to atWork Australia’s Disability Employment Services ongoing success is the strong relationships with employer partners.

“Over the past 12 months we have placed more than 1,000 people living with disability into work. That’s more than 1,000 Australians who may otherwise still be unemployed.

“Finding the right fit for employers and clients is critical to achieving lasting success in employment; this right fit transforms the lives of our clients and businesses. Our clients become highly productive, valued employees who not only make a positive contribution to the workplace but society as a whole,” he said.

The 2020 WA DES Employer awards were presented in the following categories, which recognise employers’ commitment and dedication to giving people living with disability, injury or health condition an opportunity at long-term employment and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace:

The Champion Employer Award recognises an employer who demonstrated excellence and high achievement in providing employment opportunities to Australians living with disability, injury or health condition.

Winner – Ignite Community Network

Finalists – LGC, Ignite Community Network, Scouts WA


Claire Kavanagh, WA DES State Manager with Colin & Cassandra Alston from Ignite Community Network

The Emerging Employer Award recognises a first-year employer partnership that has successfully assisted clients living with a barrier into long term employment throughout 2020.

Winner – RAH Nominee’s Trading as McDonalds Franchise

Finalists – Fresco, Kardan Construction, RAH Nominee’s (McDonalds)


Hugh Reilly, atWork Australia’s National Operations Manager with Cassandra from RAH Nominee’s Trading as McDonalds Franchise


The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises an employer that partnered with atWork Australia, approaching our Employment Engagement Team with a position specifically designed for a client living with a disability, injury or health condition.

Winner – HAYS Recruitment

Finalists – Torchmaster, Tom’s Towbars, HAYS Recruitment


Trish Medwin, WA Employer Engagement Manager with David Irvine from HAYS Recruitment

The Excellence in Indigenous Employment Opportunities Award recognises an employer that has demonstrated exceptional effort, achievement, innovation and progress in creating opportunity for Indigenous Australians through inclusion and employment.

Winner – Kardan Construction

Finalists – Indigenous Managed Services, Kardan Construction


Frank Mitchell from Kardan Construction


The Excellence in Creating Diverse Opportunities Award recognises an employer that is striving for a workforce that is reflective of the community we serve, that embraces the individual skills, perspectives and experiences that all types of employees bring to the workplace.

Winner – Indigenous Managed Services

Finalists – Scouts WA, Stellar Recruitment, Indigenous Managed Services


Mark Ehlers, Employer Engagement Manager – South Metro WA with Garry Jaffrey from Indigenous Managed Services

atWork Australia will be facilitating these events to thank our employer across the country in early 2021.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

To find out more information about Disability Employment Services and how we can provide you with customised, cost-free recruitment support and access to a broader talent pool, contact us today 1300 080 856 or get in touch online.

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