Indigenous Engagement in WHS Award

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The Indigenous Engagement in WHS Award acknowledges and recognises a positive contribution of an individual or organisation that provides WHS programs or initiatives intended to engage with or empower indigenous communities or groups, or to improve the health and safety of Indigenous people in the workplace.  

Indigenous Australian people (First Nations people) face health, educational and socioeconomic disadvantages that contribute to exposure to health and safety hazards and risks, both in their communities and in workplaces, reduced employment opportunities, and lower life expectancy.  

As an example, research published in the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin indicates that Indigenous Australian people have high percentages of musculoskeletal injuries which are correlated with reduced quality of life and social and emotional wellbeing (Charles J, 2018). 


The selection criteria for this award include the following:  

  1. The nature and features of the initiative and its relevance or usefulness to health and safety, including WHS, for Indigenous Australians.  
  2. Attributes of the design, development, implementation, monitoring, review and improvement  of the WHS initiative.   
  3. The benefit or improvement in WHS that the initiative addresses or achieves, including potential benefits or broader industry or general application.   


Entry to this award is open to all individuals, businesses and undertakings that operate in Western Australia, including the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.  

Individuals and business entities being nominated for this award must provide written permission for the nomination and for its use in WHS Foundation promotional materials.   


Submissions must include a clear written summary addressing the selection criteria below. (Up to 500 words in MS Word or PDF). However, to compliment the written submission, applicants are encouraged to also submit a short video (max 3 minutes) and additional supporting material including: documents, photographs, video / audio, web links or other relevant information with their submission     


A judging panel comprising 3 to 5 judges will qualitatively assess applications against the criteria above and select a short list of award finalists. One winner from the shortlisted finalists will be determined that, in the opinion of the judging panel, best demonstrates achievement of the award category and criteria.  


Finalists will be notified in advance of the award ceremony. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday 14 October 2023 at the gala event at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth.