Workplace Culture and Health Award

The award recognises a commitment to equity, diversity and wellness initiatives, events and/or activities. The award is presented to one legal practice of any size and one individual, who promotes sustainable, healthy workplace cultures in the profession and embraces workplace diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way.

 

There will be two winners for this category:

one individual winner

one organisational winner

Criteria for individuals

Description of initiative and impact (marked out of 20)

The nominated individual must have successfully promoted diversity and inclusion, positive culture or wellbeing in the legal profession, whether by way of:

  1. Effective and innovative initiative(s) within the workplace to generate positive change
  2. The individual's activities in the wider profession and/or the community.

This may include:

  • a commitment to reconciliation
  • gender, LGBTIQ+, disability, ethnicity and other initiatives and programs
  • pro-bono program
  • flexible work arrangements
  • mental health and wellbeing initiatives

Summary (marked out of 5)

The nomination must include a 100 word summary of the individual's key initiatives for use by QLS in promotional material associated with the awards and the completed nomination form.

Optional: Attachments

The nomination may include up to two pages (pdf) of supporting material and evidence, e.g. testimonials, published articles or similar.

Criteria for organisations

Positive impact and outcomes (marked out of 10)

Nominee must demonstrate the positive impact on the workplace as a result of the partners/directors and staff adopting and embracing the organisation's policies and initiatives. This could be demonstrated through quantitative (e.g. workplace metrics, survey results) or qualitative (e.g. staff testimonials) evidence.

Implementation of equal opportunities and a sustainable, healthy, positive workplace culture (marked out of 10)

Nominees must describe one particular initiative and the associated events and/or activities that support equal opportunities, positive culture, wellbeing and the lifestyle needs of a diverse workforce, such as:

•    a commitment to reconciliation

•    gender, LGBTIQ+, disability, ethnicity and other initiatives and programs

•    pro-bono program

•    flexible work arrangements

•    mental health and wellbeing initiatives

If the nominee is/are the Queensland-based office/s of an interstate or national firm, the nomination specifically highlights Queensland-based initiatives.

Education (marked out of 10)

The nominee demonstrates education of partners and employees in relation to key issues relating to diversity & inclusion, discrimination, unconscious bias, positive workplace behaviours and healthy work culture.

Summary (marked out of 10)

The nomination must include a 100 word summary of the legal practice's key initiatives for use by QLS in promotional material associated with the awards and the completed nomination form.

Optional: Attachments

The nomination may include up to two pages (pdf) of supporting material and evidence, e.g. testimonials, published articles or similar.


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Eligibility 

Eligible

  • Individual nominees must be nominated (no self-nominations).
    • Organisations can nominate an individual
    • Nominee must be a QLS member
    • Individual nominees can be from a government organisation
    • Individual nominees can be part of an in-house legal team.
  • Nominated organisations must be a non-government legal practice of solicitors in Queensland, and may include community legal centres.
  • Nominations of organisations must be endorsed by the managing partner/director (or equivalent) of the legal practices who must be a full member of Queensland Law Society (QLS).
    • 75% of practitioners in the nominating organisation must be full members of QLS.
  • Nominees must be Queensland-based.
  • Nominees must be of good character. Nominations are reviewed by Queensland Law Society's regulation division and the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre. The due diligence will include (but is not limited to) legal review of the nominee's disciplinary history.
  • The nominee has not previously won this award in the past three consecutive years.

Not eligible

  • Judging panel members
  • Queensland Law Society Council members or employees are not eligible for nomination.

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QLS excellence in law awards. Workplace culture and health award

Key dates

Wednesday 25 May Nominations open 

Sunday 3 July Nominations close 

Thursday 14 July Finalists announced

Saturday 20 August Winners announced


Workplace Culture and Health Award is proudly supported by:


The judges

Sheetal Deo

Sheetal Deo

QLS Councillor
Rolf Moses

Rolf Moses

CEO Queensland Law Society
Elizabeth Shearer

Elizabeth Shearer

QLS Chair of the Access to Justice committee
Kerry Gibb

Kerry Gibb

2021 Workplace Culture and Health Award recipient
Ann-Maree David

Ann-Maree David

Chair of the QLS Equity and Diversity Committee