Award Categories


The Susan Ryan Age Diversity Award recognises excellence in age diversity initiatives and programs in the workplace.

This category is recommended for organisations who demonstrate excellence in initiatives and strategies facilitating workplace age diversity including but not limited to: youth employment, apprenticeship programs, returning to the workplace programs, older worker programs and/or transitioning to retirement plans.

Award Criteria

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Engagement The program or initiative is understood and supported by staff of the organisation. Demonstration of communication of the initiative/ program and engagement of staff in the initiative/ program.
FlexibilityThe program or initiative takes into account matters that relate to different demographic cohorts in the workforce, including an appropriate variety of approaches to recruitment, job design, training and retention. Evidence of attraction, recruitment and retention initiatives that appeal to the interests and needs of different age groups in the workplace, e.g. younger, middle-aged and older employees or recruitment candidates.
Inclusion The program or initiative forms part of an approach by the organisation to eliminate attitudes that serve to exclude recruitment of candidates or existing employees on the basis of their age. Evidence of how the organisation is actually eliminating discriminatory attitudes based on the age of recruitment candidates or existing employees.


Innovation The program or initiative represents a new and creative approach to the challenge faced by the organisation.Evidence of how the  initiative was developed and what resources were drawn on, i.e. brainstorming sessions, proposals from employees etc.
Culture The program or initiative incorporates a cultural change approach to diversity where principles are embedded in the DNA of the organisation.Examples of cultural change programs, relating to the initiative, i.e. how the organisation has introduced the initiative so that it is embraced by staff and becomes a way of life.
Impact, Metrics and Outcomes The program or initiative has addressed the challenge, achieved the desired outcomes and/or positively impacted on the business.Evidence of improvements identifiable as resulting from the program or initiative including metrics on recruitment, engagement, retention, staff satisfaction.
Sustainability The program or initiative and its impacts or outcomes are sustainable and replicable for the organisation.Evidence of how the program or initiative can be repeated within the organisation i.e. planned roll out to other divisions, sites, ongoing scheduled activity, commitment within organisational strategy/ budgets.
Leadership The program or initiative is supported or led by the CEO and/or senior leadership team within the organisation.Statement of support from senior leadership team, evidence of their practical participation in driving and implementing diversity and inclusion policies.