2017 RM Advancer Award Winners


The 2017 RM Advancer Awards were announced at Sydney’s Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour on Thursday 28 October 2017. 

The theme for the evening was ‘Risk Management you’d be wrecked without it’ and clients, brokers and Vero staff enjoyed a Gala dinner overlooking the Sydney Harbour.

With the introduction of a new category for GIO Workers Compensation, this year’s competition was extremely tight and the judges were particularly impressed with the quality of the nominations.

“Australia’s Premier Risk Management awards keep growing and going from strength to strength. Vero’s RM Advancer awards program continues to gain traction as the nation’s most prestigious forum for excellence in risk management”, said Mr Anthony Day CEO Insurance, Suncorp. 


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Congratulations to the 2017 award winners:

We would also like to acknowledge all other finalists for their submission and for their interest in the RM Advancer Awards.


Enterprise Wide Risk Management Award Winner

Shaw's Darwin Transport

Shaw’s Darwin Transport

For their systems, process and activities undertaken to minimise loss and/or damage for a small to medium enterprise.

Why Shaw’s Darwin Transport won the enterprise wide award

As a specialist transport organisation, Shaw’s Darwin Transport focuses on the health, safety and the wellbeing of their truckers. This risk management philosophy and mentality extends into the protection of the physical assets of the group and those of others that partner with them. Through heavy investment in technology, facilities and engagement with long-term strategic partners, Shaw’s focus their resources in a meaningful and responsible manner. 

Download the winning submission (pdf, 489kb)


Enterprise Wide Risk Management Award finalists

  • CPC Engineering
  • Parkside Timber Division


Property Risk Management Award Winner



For their systems, processes and activities undertaken to minimise loss and/or damage arising from property ownership.

Why Metcash won the property award

The Metcash Huntingwood facility was built with risk management at the forefront of design. It includes the latest Building Management System technology, providing active early warning for a number of key areas of building infrastructure, including ammonia leaks and ventilation failure. Metcash successfully implemented an effective Business Continuity Plan when affected by a hailstorm in 2015. While the interruption was significant, the resilience of the plan and hard work of their teams ensured that service interruption to customers was minimal.

Download the winning submission (pdf, 382kb)


Property Award finalists:

  • Baiada
  • Downer Rail (part of Downer EDI)


Liability Risk Management Award Winner



For their systems, processes and activities undertaken to minimise their organisation's legal liability and injury to third parties.

Why Elders won the liability award

Elders’ policy of continuous improvement involves the development of knowledge to deliver practical and relevant risk management tools and solutions to their people. This equips them to make good decisions around risks. To achieve this, they have overhauled their risk management strategy. Elders has developed a new risk profile, established industry benchmarking and cultivated a more practical, personal and engaging risk review process to reduce of their liability exposures.

Download the winning submission (pdf, 385kb)


Liability Award finalists:

  • The Salvation Army (Eastern)


Motor Risk Management Award Winner

City Holding


For their systems, processes and activities undertaken to minimise loss, injury, damage and/or legal liability arising from the use of motor vehicles.

Why City won the motor vehicle award

City’s industry-changing approach to maintenance in the retail environment is underpinned by their principle of ownership amongst their employees and contractors. As the organisation grows rapidly, this applies to all facets of their work including their vehicles. With a strong focus on identifying risks and subsequently, implementing specific risk management techniques, safety is of paramount importance to City. 

Download the winning submission (pdf, 466kb)


Motor Risk Management Award finalists:

  • Coca Cola Amatil


Worker Compensation GIO Award Winner

Swick MiningSwick Mining

For their enthusiasm and commitment to continuous improvement in risk management

Why Swick Mining won the GIO Workers Compensation award

Swick Mining Services took the unprecedented step of creating a purpose-built, replica underground training facility. This is used to ensure stringent risk management protocols are instilled within the workforce prior to employees setting foot on a worksite. This is achieved through a detailed induction process culminating in verification of competency. Their philosophy is to adopt a practical risk-based approach to all aspects of their business. One-page procedures and simple processes ensure full utilisation and adoption at a shop floor level. 

Download the winning submission (pdf, 472kb)


GIO Workers Compensation Award finalists:

  • Compass Group
  • Royal Automotive Club of Western Australia

We would like to acknowledge all other nominees for their efforts in submitting a nomination and for their interest in the RM Advancer Awards.


Thank you to our Judges

  • David McGinness - Risk Manager, AKD Softwoods
  • David Phillips - Group Risk Manager, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Group
  • Dr. Sharon Newnam - Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Prof. Ron Bartsch - Chairman, AvLaw International