Media release

Achieve included on the list of Best Places to Work



22 April 2021

Achieve Australia is proud to announce our inclusion on the 2021 AFR BOSS Best Places to Work List.

Achieve is ranked in the top 10 of the Government, Education and Non-for-profit category. 

“We couldn’t be happier to receive this public recognition,” said Jo-Anne Hewitt, Achieve Australia CEO. “Every one of our people works incredibly hard toward creating a workplace which supports both their own sense of personal and professional fulfilment and that of our clients.” 

Published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, the prestigious annual list spans organisations in Australia and New Zealand. It is awarded following a rigorous assessment by leading behavioural science consultancy, Inventium, including both a staff survey and written submission detailing information about workplace policies, practices and programs. This year’s list was drawn from nearly 700 organisations invited to make submissions.  

Achieve Australia’s approach and practice to develop leadership, culture and engagement to support the organisation and its clients into the future are just some areas in which our efforts were recognised.  

“As the only disability organisation included on the list we are especially proud," Ms Hewitt said.

"However, our feelings go beyond that to hope that this is the beginning of a broader trend of recognition of our sector and the essential contribution we make to our community,” she said.  

Achieve Australia's People, Performance and Culture Executive Lorraine Salloum added that the award comes after considerable work.

In the last 18 months, we’ve focused on organisation design, culture, leadership and engagement and we’re really pleased to be recognised for our work,"Ms Salloum said.

"The very best workplaces consciously create cultures, policies, structures and environments that enable people to do their very best work,"she said.

"And in today’s rapidly changing world, that includes fostering agility, creativity and resilience in their workforce in the face of unprecedented challenges.”  

Both the survey and written submission were assessed against Inventium’s Workplace of the Future Framework, which is based on Harvard and Stanford University research that demonstrates 10 key factors necessary for employees to feel motivated and engaged at work.  

“We are thrilled to work in conjunction with The Australian Financial Review to recognise many organisations who are leading the way with innovative practices that drive key elements such as flexibility, wellbeing and equality,” said Dr Amantha Imber, Founder, Inventium.  

Achieve Australia is a for-purpose community organisation that has been providing services and support for people with disability in New South Wales since 1952. Our passion is social inclusion for people with disability and our purpose is to build extraordinary lives, supporting people with disability to be well, have a home, choose a career, learn new skills, participate in the community and enjoy a full life.  

We offer a range of essential services for people with disability and their families, including community living and drop-in support, short-term accommodation and respite, community and lifestyle services, wellbeing, employment, and support coordination.

The AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list recognises and ranks the best places to work in Australia and New Zealand, by industry, and is the premier list of its kind.

The list is judged and compiled by leading behavioural science consultancy, Inventium

Inventium is Australia’s leading behavioural science and innovation consultancy. Since 2007, Inventium has helped hundreds of thousands of people become more innovative and more productive at work. Inventium applies the latest findings from science (psychology, behavioural science and neuroscience) to help organisations unlock growth through innovation and to create brilliant workplaces that get the very best out of their people. Inventium is the official methodology partner of the AFR Boss Best Places to Work List and the AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies list. Inventium is a BCorporation.  

For more than 50 years The Australian Financial Review has been the authority on business, finance and investment news in Australia. It has a reputation for independent, award-winning journalism and is essential reading for Australia’s business and investor community.