Australasian Rail Diversity Award

About the Award

 

The RTAA is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of members in the promotion of diversity and workplace inclusion in rail through the establishment of the Australasian Rail Diversity Award. The Award will be announced at the Annual Dinner in  2021 (please note the Annual dinner for 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19).

The Australian rail community continues to suffer from a chronic lack of skills. Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is one way to redress these issues. Diverse workforces have been proven to improve business outcomes. Put simply, diversity makes good business sense!

The RTAA is an inclusive Association that promotes knowledge sharing and fosters collaboration within rail and across other industries throughout Australia, whilst continuing to be sustainable.

The RTAA’s key objectives are:

  • Make rail more inclusive for everyone
  • Grow our national footprint
  • Promote knowledge sharing
  • Foster collaboration
  • Uphold Sustainability

The RTAA seeks to recognise and acknowledge members who meet standards of excellence in the promotion of diverse and inclusive workforces within their organisation. To achieve this, the RTAA has established the annual Australasian Rail Diversity Award.

In relation to the Award, ‘a diverse and inclusive workforce’ is one that has a genuine mix of women, young people, Indigenous people and other individuals that reflect the nature of the Australian community. This includes a range of ages, cultural and religious groups, people of diverse abilities and individuals from a range of sexual orientations.

 

Entry Content and Format

Organisations should provide the following as part of their entry:

  • Details regarding the size of the organisation - number of personnel and a breakdown by age, gender and other data (as appropriate)
  • A brief history of the organisation and description of key activities, goods/services provided and other operational aspects
  • Details regarding the policies the organisation has in place that promote a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • The name and descriptions of the specific programs and initiatives the organisation has in place to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • A statement of claim – organisations should provide a brief statement outlining why they should win the Award
  • Data that demonstrates the diverse and inclusive nature of the organisation. This may be workforce statistics, recruitment outcomes, other
  • Other evidence to demonstrate the diverse and inclusive nature of the organisation. This may include testimonials, statistics, case studies and/or other information.

Organisations are asked to provide only relevant information, either written or video format, that directly supports their submission, to a maximum of 10 pages for written submissions.

Eligibility

All current corporate members of the RTAA are eligible to submit an entry for this Award.
See Eligibility and Terms and Conditions for more information.

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged by an independent panel formed by the RTAA’s Management Committee. A Chair will lead the panel which will include representatives from member organisations. Individuals will not be permitted to judge entries from organisations which they are affiliated with or employed by. Applicants will be judged on their ability to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of a diverse and inclusive workforce within their business
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes in the establishment of a diverse and inclusive workforce

Prize

The winner of the RTAA’s Australasian Rail Diversity Award will receive the following:

  • Recognition as the winner by way of a logo, corporate profile and hyperlink on the RTAA website
  • Article in RTAA News (to be supplied by winner)
  • Promotion as the winner on all RTAA presentations (Technical Meetings)
  • The opportunity to give a five-minute presentation at the Annual Dinner upon receipt of the award about the organisation’s diversity and inclusion program
  • Two tickets to the 2020 AusRAIL conference. Organisations will be encouraged to invite employees that represent the diversity of their workforce
  • Four tickets to AusRAIL RTAA Annual Dinner (in the year of winning the Award)
  • RTAA Australasian Rail Diversity Award 2020 winner logo. The logo will be available to the winner to use exclusively for 12 months, from receipt of the Award.

Why Participate

Participating in the Awards provides organisations with an opportunity to:

  • Be nationally recognised among Australia’s rail community for supporting sustainable and diverse workplaces
  • Reinforce the organisational brand in a new and positive way while building credibility and recognition amongst peers
  • Make a positive impact on the morale of staff and become an attractive option to prospective staff and new recruits
  • Critically assess the organisation’s current position in relation to workforce diversity and inclusion
  • Critically assess the organisation’s future planning and strategy for an inclusive and diverse workforce
  • Benchmark the organisation against other rail community members
  • Recognise the success of individuals and the organisation as a whole.

More Information

If you have any questions or need assistance submitting your nomination, please contact RTAA’s Business Manager: businessmanager@rtaa.org.au
 

Application Details

 

2020 Awards 

Winner

We’re extremely proud to announce the WINNER of the RTAA Australasian Rail Diversity Award – Coleman Rail !

The RTAA Diversity Award recognises the outstanding achievements of our members in the promotion of #diversity and workplace #inclusion in rail. 

Coleman Rail stands out as an industry leader in this area focussing not only on gender diversity but inclusion with programs that encourage more senior workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the next generation to join our industry.

Runner Up

We’re delighted to announce the RUNNER UP of the RTAA Australasian Rail Diversity Award – Transdev!

The RTAA Diversity Award recognises the outstanding achievements of our members in the promotion of diversity and workplace inclusion in rail. 

Our judges were hugely impressed by Transdev’s “Belong at Transdev” strategy which brings together the different programs relating to Gender, Accessibility, Cultural differences, Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Age and LGTBIQ.

 

2019 Awards 

On Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, the winners of the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award winners were announced;

  • Level Crossing Removal Authority was awarded the 2018 Diversity in Rail Award

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Bradley Giddins, Director, Industry Capability and Inclusion for Level Crossing Removal Project, 
accepting the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award.

  • Alium Works received a Highly Commended Award.

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Ann Tomlinson, Director, Alium Works accepting the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award
- Highly Commended Award.

 

The RTAA is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of members in the promotion of diversity and workplace inclusion through the establishment of the Australasian Rail Diversity Award.

The award represents our response to the chronic skills shortage that continues to affect the Australian rail community and is also reflected in our strategic priorities. We know that creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is one way to redress this issue. Added to this, diverse workforces have been proven to increase business outcomes.

Congratulations to both Level Crossing Removal Authority & Alium Works for the work you are doing to create a diverse workforce

Put simply, diversity makes good business sense.

Why not put your organisation forward for an award!