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Celebrating its fifth year, the Hunter Safety Awards have announced the 2020 finalists who have demonstrated positive approaches to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) in their workplace. 

With thirteen categories now available, the Awards received a high number of outstanding entries, making final judgement calls for 2020 a difficult task for judges. 

Following the success of introducing an overarching wellbeing award in 2019, this year’s event came with the addition of a ‘Best Health and Wellbeing’ category for both large organisations and small-to-medium enterprises (SME). 

Entries demonstrated that there’s a growing focus on mental health safety in the workplace in addition to physical wellbeing. 

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Hunter Safety Awards Founder, Sarah-Jane Dunford said the increasing value businesses put on all aspects of WHS in the workplace is a very rewarding thing to see as a judge. 

“Every year we’re impressed with the range of WHS approaches and initiatives, but to see even more businesses emphasising the importance of mental health in their entries has been a very rewarding aspect of judging this year.” 

“Mental health issues affect many in our industry, making it so important we don’t shy away from that and I’m so glad our awards ceremony provides a platform to celebrate and highlight these approaches,” Sarah-Jane said. 

This year, the judging panel of industry experts and sponsor representatives had a great challenge on their hands choosing from so many worthy applications. 

“Year after year the calibre of entries improves, making our job as judges tricky. It’s so exciting to see the amazing WHS measures local businesses are taking to ensure safety in their workplace,” said Sarah-Jane.

“I’m always honoured to learn how companies in the Hunter are developing new approaches that create a positive work culture surrounding WHS. Our finalists come from a vast range of industries and sectors and are creating world-first products that help inspire other businesses to embrace a positive WHS culture.” 

The 2020 Hunter Safety Awards Finalists


Aqua Assets Pty Limited


Asset Training   


Body and Mind 2000      

Brimble Rail       

Carter Heavy Haulage & Transport           

CHD Partners     

Corfad Civil and Construction Pty Ltd 

Critical Alpha          


Ethos Health      

Great Lakes FM

Hunter Valley Tours       

John Holland Rail            

Keolis Downer   


Laing O’Rourke 

Mainstream Industries   

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG)        

North Construction & Building   

Norsu Group      




Safe Industries Australia               

Singleton Council            

Tony White Group          

Warner Company            


Awards will be presented across thirteen categories and will see the winners announced at a gala event on Friday, 20 March 2020 at Newcastle Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEX). Get your tickets at

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