Discount variety store The Reject Shop has taken out the hotly contested workers’ compensation prize at the RM Advancer Awards, hosted by Vero and GIO in Melbourne on the 26th of October 2018.

Over 100 of Australia’s leaders in risk management gathered to celebrate the most effective and innovative companies and organisations from across Australia. The other major winners were: Mind Australia – Small and Medium Enterprise Award UnitingCare Queensland – Commercial Award Darren O’Connell, Executive General Manager at Suncorp said there was a record number of entries in the workers compensation and liability category, which was only introduced last year. “Health and safety is important in all workplaces, and with workers’ compensation often one of the biggest insurance costs, risk management is vital,” Mr O’Connell said. “Across the board, the quality of submissions for all RM Advancer categories show the strong position of risk management in Australian businesses. “The RM Advancer Awards is now in its thirteenth year, so it was very heartening to see such a diverse range of entries. “We’d like to congratulate all our winners and finalists, along with their brokers, for their high-quality submissions and thank them for their focus on risk management.” Commenting on the winners, Mr O’Connell said The Reject Shop’s entry was a great example of the growing importance of risk management across all industries.
“The company’s focus on ensuring the right systems and culture were in place has resulted in total accident claims reducing by 79 per cent,” Mr O’Connell said. “It’s a fantastic achievement, and a great result for its employees across Australia.” Mind Australia, which took out the Small and Medium Enterprise award, was acknowledged for improving road safety for employees that drive pool cars daily to deliver community-based mental health services.

“The organisation has shown strong collaboration between internal departments, prioritising safety and risk management,” he said. “Its approach has achieved a remarkable outcome, with no driving-related serious injuries or deaths of Mind employees or clients over the last 10 years.” UnitingCare Queensland was recognised for the third time in seven years, winning the RM Advancer Commercial Award for its fleet risk management and safety. “UnitingCare Queensland has over 2,100 motor vehicles in its fleet ranging from standard sedans to light trucks, with employees driving more than 35 million kilometres annually. “The organisation has developed the right strategies to influence driver behaviours and greatly reduced the incidence of road crashes.” Award winners each receive 200,000 Virgin Velocity points. The RM Advancer Awards was established in 2005 to reward and promote the best risk management achievements of Vero, and now also GIO customers.

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