City of Canterbury Bankstown

City of Canterbury Bankstown has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019.
The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is one of the most multicultural Local Government Areas in Australia. The Council believes in standing for places that promote interesting differences, as a way of enriching lives and experiences. The Council welcomes all and encourages people to be themselves and express their individuality. The positive friction and edgy character this creates, makes the Council all the more engaging and exciting to discover. Council believes in the power of creative thinking and encourages new ideas and ways of doing things. It’s where interesting happens.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown operates within the NSW Local Government Sector. This sector is an influential force in the NSW economy spending $10.87 billion in 2016-17 and managing infrastructure and land assets worth $136 billion.

As NSW’s largest Council, the City of Canterbury Bankstown has become an important and major player in the future development and prosperity of Sydney. With an asset base of $3.8 billion, and annual operating expenses in excess of $314 million, Council is a major local stakeholder and influencer of the city.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is a complex organisation delivering 21 key services to 361,551 residents such as childcare, waste collection, parks maintenance, libraries, community facilities and aquatic centres. Located just nine kilometres southwest of the Sydney CBD, Canterbury Bankstown’s 41 suburbs cover just over 110 square kilometres and form a highly urbanised metropolitan environment.

To deliver the wide range of services, Council has 1,486 employees who bring a diverse mix of skills, knowledge and experience. Council’s employees operate out of three depots, two administration buildings, nine libraries, six aquatic centres and six childcare facilities.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. The Employer of Choice Award recipients will participate in the international chapter of the program at the World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention. The recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The Employer of Choice Framework is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class human resource management practices to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum human resource management practises and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing employer brand awareness. reputation, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

This recognition is a testament to our approach of ‘putting people at the heart of what we do’, to create a positive employee experience, which make things safer, simpler and better for our people. Our organisation prides itself on its unique approach towards organisational solutions being developed for its people, by its people.

Matthew Stewart, General Manager, City of Canterbury Bankstown