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Winners of 2007 National Work and Family awards announced.



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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

MEDIA RELEASE

18 July, 2007

Winners of 2007 National Work and Family Awards announced

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, tonight announced the winners of the 2007 ACCI/BCA National Work and Family Awards.

The Awards recognise organisations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to helping their employees achieve a better balance between work and family.

The judging panel was impressed by the high quality of applicants across a broad range of industries including finance, manufacturing, health, education and construction.

"The winners and finalists in these awards have shown that flexible working arrangements can be successful in any operating environment," Minister Hockey said.

"The key message emerging from the winning organisations at these awards is that working with employees to balance work and family is good for employees and good for business. Flexible arrangements have assisted organisations to retain valuable employees, reduce turnover costs, increase productivity and improve staff morale and customer satisfaction.

"And that’s not just a good result for individual businesses and employees; it’s fantastic for the welfare of the whole nation. With the flexible framework provided by the government, businesses can offer conditions that make their workplace an attractive proposition for jobseekers.

"I would like to congratulate all of the finalists for your innovative approach to flexible working arrangements and commitment to work and family initiatives. You are an example of what Australian workplaces can be when they strive to reach their potential, and there is no doubt the effort that you have put in has paid off."

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) National Work and Family Awards are an Australian Government and business initiative that began in 1992. The 2007 Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Sydney.

The winners of the 2007 ACCI/CA National Work and Family Awards are below. Profiles of the winners are also provided.

The Winners of the 2007 ACCI/BCA National Work and Family Awards are:

Gold Award - Private Sector

St. George Bank

Gold Award - Public or Community Sector

The Cancer Council Queensland

Large Business Award

St. George Bank

Medium Business Award

Overnewton Anglican Community College

Small Business Award

Benbro Electronics

Public Sector Award

The Bremer Institute of TAFE

Community Sector Award

The Cancer Council

Regional and Rural Award

Campbell Page

Rising Star Award

Business & Employment AND

Probuild Constructions

Carer Support Commendation

Benbro Electronics AND

Nine2Three Employment Solutions

For further information contact: Emma Needham 0400 334 091