Cafs wins big at 2021 National AHRI Awards

Last night, Cafs (Child and Family Services Ballarat) was recognised with four wins from four nominations at the 2021 Annual AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) National Awards.

Cafs took out top honours in two individual awards:

  • CEO Diversity Champion – Wendy Sturgess
  • HR Diversity Champion – Liz Hardiman


And in two organisational categories:

  • The Michael Kirby LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Award
  • The Wayne Cascio Organisational Development Award for Cafs innovative approach to organisational changes in the Family Violence team 2020


Robyn Clark, previous Executive Manager of People and Engagement, said of the announcements, “We are so excited to receive these awards. Cafs has been through a period of significant change, not only because of the pandemic, but in an effort to strive for business excellence. What sits behind these awards is strong leadership, and, most importantly a whole team of dedicated people who work with our clients and all across the organisation. We could not be more proud.”


Conducted online and hosted by Jean Kittson, The AHRI Awards recognise the best HR practitioners, organisations and leaders from across Australia, paving the way for business best-practice. The Awards are judged by prominent HR and business leaders – Winning one is the national pinnacle of HR and business excellence.

Cafs AHRI Award Winners - Wendy Sturgess
Cafs AHRI Award Winners - Liz Hardiman
Cafs AHRI Award Winners - Robyn Clark
Cafs - Wayne Cascio Organisational Development Award Winner AHRI

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