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INDUSTRY AWARDS CELEBRATE emerging talent and diversity AMMA’s 2014 Industry Awards recognised workforce-related excellence across Australia’s resources and allied service sectors. MORE THAN 300 guests recently packed Pan Pacific Perth’s Golden Ballroom for a highly anticipated celebration of the resource industry’s ‘people’ successes, hosted by comedian Jean Kittson. Taking out the Young Professional Award for her valuable contribution to the human resources, industrial relations and workforce management processes within Chevron Australia was the company’s industrial relations adviser Kristen Lukas. “The Young Professional Award recognises an individual who, in a short time, has made a noticeable impact on workforce management within their organisation,” says AMMA executive director of commercial services Richard Berriman, who judged the awards with a panel of industry executives from Newcrest Mining, Santos and ExxonMobil. “Through stakeholder engagement, technology research, design and testing, Ms Lukas built and implemented a program to track Chevron’s IR performance and identify potential risks such as the expiry of upcoming agreements and excessive right-of-entry visits. “Now used across Chevron’s projects, including Wheatstone LNG, to keep the company’s senior management informed of key workplace relations data, Ms Lukas’ reporting tool makes her a deserving winner of AMMA’s Young Professional Award.” With the resource sector employing the highest proportion of Indigenous people within its total workforce, AMMA’s Indigenous Employment and Retention Award is always hotly contested. This year’s winner, vessel operator Offshore Marine Services Alliance (OMSA) – a joint venture between Offshore Marine Services and PB Towage – was recognised for creating real employment opportunities for Indigenous people through its successful 2013 Indigenous Pre-employment Training Program.

Popular comedian and Gala Dinner host Jean Kittson kept the audience laughing

“OMSA made significant improvements to its previous Indigenous employment efforts by utilising strong mentors from the organisation and community, building cultural awareness among employees, developing a senior Indigenous seafarers’ leadership group, and ensuring a seamless pre-employment to traineeship transition,” Berriman says. OMSA general manager of employee relations Ben Matthews says the achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the company’s staff, mentors and program participants. “It is a tribute to our 2013 Indigenous participants. Without their commitment and motivation, OMSA wouldn’t have been able to achieve these results – we thank you for your efforts so far and look forward to seeing your careers flourish into the future,” Matthews says.

Chevron Australia industrial relations adviser Kristen Lukas accepting the Young Professional Award | Spring 2014 |

OMSA chief executive John Reid and Indigenous business manager Harry Thorne accepted the Indigenous Employment and Retention Award

RESOURCE PEOPLE Issue 008 | Spring 2014  
RESOURCE PEOPLE Issue 008 | Spring 2014