Employer of the Year 2022-2023 winners announced

Published by MAXSolutions on March 26, 2023
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MAX has honoured three outstanding Australian businesses as its small, medium, and large Employers of the Year for 2022-2023.

Each year, MAX runs the awards to recognise businesses that encourage inclusive and diverse workplaces in their respective industries. 

Previous winners of the award include Woolworths, Minor Hotels and Rabobank Australia. 

MAX Country Manager Darren Hooper said “Thank you to all of the finalists in our Employer of the Year awards and congratulations to the winners.


“We are proud to partner with organisations that share our vision to give every person, every chance."

“We thank you for giving so many of our customers life-changing opportunities. The way you have been able to positively affect the lives of these employees is incredible to see.” 

The 2022-2023 winners for each category are profiled below:


Small Employer – Winner: Admiral Motel Bunbury

The Admiral Motel in Bunbury offers guests an ideal accommodation option with excellent customer service. Making guests feel at home is their specialty and the motel is centrally located in the popular tourism destination in Western Australia.

Our established relationship has resulted in a number of our customers securing stable and ongoing employment, including CALD, Indigenous and mature aged customers. The opportunities offered to our customers has often made profound changes to their lives.


“I am a true believer that everyone deserves a chance. 20yrs ago when I stepped into the hospitality industry with no experience, I arrived at a local hotel well dressed and asked if they had any jobs going. 

They said, 'well you are well dressed, and speak well, so why not!'. Two Months later I was supervising, all because they took a chance with me, and I am a true believe that everyone deserves a chance.” shares Admiral Hotel Manager, Holly Patterson who accepted the award on behalf of the business. 

Medium Employer – Winner: CoreStaff

CoreStaff is a specialist provider of labour hire and permanent recruitment services to some of the largest companies in Australia across a range of industries. They provide temporary workforce solutions, managed workforce services, permanent recruitment, recruitment process management and payrolling. Some of the industries CoreStaff services include mining and resources, hospitality and tourism, energy and construction.

In 2022, we placed 64 customers into work with CoreStaff. Our customers often face a multitude of barriers and together we have helped many gain employment in spite of these.


“At CoreStaff we’re typically trying to fill a large number of vacancies in a short period of time and our strong relationship with MAX means we can get quality pre-screened candidates through quickly. It’s just awesome to have that relationship.

“Together we’ve seen numerous lives changed as we work together to give individuals a second chance,” says Annette Cusick, Operations Supervisor at CoreStaff Hobart. 

Large Employer – Winner: Compass Group Australia

Compass Group Australia provides a vast range of employment opportunities in food and support services in both urban and remote areas. Typical roles include food and beverage attendants, baristas, retail attendants and receptionists. 

Like us at MAX, Compass passionately believes work transforms people's lives, and together we are supporting people to experience the benefits of employment. In 2022 we placed 157 customers into roles with Compass. Through our strong partnership, we offer exclusive pathways to employment to our customers. In Work Support is also embedded into the recruitment process, supporting not just our customers but also Compass Group managers.

Vanessa Martin, General Manager, Diversity and inclusion, Compass Group Australia accepted the award on behalf of Compass Group. 


With over 10,000 employees and 600 operational sites, multiple different business sectors, it does give us the opportunity to really step forward and work collaboratively with organisations like MAX to really make a difference in people's lives and give them that dignity they need to be a contributing piece to society.

“This [award] means a huge amount to everybody involved in our business and we really pride ourselves on diversity and inclusion being a DNA piece in our business. We really do appreciate the acknowledgment and we do love the support ongoing – it is a tried and tested relationship. Thank you,” she said. 

Congratulations to our three winners and to all finalists including:

Small Employer of the Year

•    Traffic Professionals - Nowra NSW
•    Bolton Clarke Fraser Coast - Maryborough and Hervey Bay, QLD
•    DTM Timber- Maryborough, QLD
•    Bunbury City Car Cleaners - WA
•    Kingaroy Freight - Richland Depo servicing - Wivenhoe, Brisbane and Bayside QLD


Medium employer of the year:

•    Skillco – Sydney, NSW
•    Workpac Labourhire – Fitzroy, QLD


Large employer of the year:

•    Apple
•    Amazon
•    Optus


See Employer of the Year Award winners from 2021-2022

See Employer of the Year Award winners from 2020-2021

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