Awards for Excellence winners and newly inducted Life Members announced at APSCo Australia's glittering Gala Dinner

Authored By Carly Fordred

The winners of APSCo Australia's Awards for Excellence were announced last night at a glittering Gala Dinner held in Melbourne.


And the winners are:

Certified Recruitment Professional Award sponsored by DaXtra Technologies

Ishan Goel, Finite IT Recruitment Solutions  

Leadership Award sponsored by Staffing Industry Metrics

Tom Sherwen, Finite IT Recruitment Solutions         

APSCo Australia MD's Recognition Award sponsored by Aegis   

Charlene Galea, Aurec                     

Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by RDBnow


Diversity & Inclusion Award sponsored by Idibu


Creativity & Innovation Award sponsored by SEEK                       


Health & Wellbeing Award sponsored by Sunsuper    

Clicks IT Recruitment


"The entries were of the highest calibre," said APSCo Australia Managing Director Julie Mills.

"These individuals and companies represent the best of the best in their category and tonight APSCo recognises them for their outstanding achievements."

Life Members inducted

Four new Life Members were also inducted last night. Peter Acheson, Andrew Cross, Richard Fischer and Damien Ross join an elite group of ITCRA Life Members with Peter Acheson being the second Life Member from Peoplebank to be recognised.

In welcoming the four inductees to the standing ovation of their peers, Julie Mills stated that between them these Directors had contributed 40 years of cumulative service to the Association and the broader sector through leadership, advocacy, education and quality programs.

All four had ensured their companies, at the time, were founders in the iSafe, SkillsMatch, Certification and IT Super initiatives which have been the pillars of compliance, knowledge, education and training and contractor support.

Each had, in their own way, advised and mentored Directors through the APSCo merger and have continued to support the changing nature of the Association on it’s new global journey.

Richard and Peter both held Executive positions as Directors throughout their tenure while Damien and Andrew chaired several key Committees and ensured active involvement of their teams across the Association.

An important announcement from Certex International 

The evening's Major Sponsor, Certex International, also made an important announcement. With the CEO of JAS-ANZ, (the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) in attendance, Dianne Gibert, Managing Director of Certex International announced that the Talent Engagement Standard scheme, which has been developed in consultation with APSCo Australia, has been endorsed by JAS-ANZ after several years of intense consultation.

The Talent Engagement Standard focuses attention on the key areas that are required when sourcing, recruiting and managing talent and provides the ultimate benchmark in quality practice for this sector as well as for internal hiring practices.

Julie Mills added,’this has been a long time coming. A number of APSCo Members have completed the prototype and have worked closely with Certex International to ensure the scheme has strong parameters but, at the same time, is flexible enough to accommodate current and emerging business models.

Dianne Gibert acknowledged the commitment of APSCo and Julie Mills in particular, to the establishment of internationally recognised standards for the sector.