Ausgrape parent company, Australian Vintage, was named the 2023 Wine Business Safety Champion at South Australian Wine Industry Association’s (SAWIA) Wine Industry Dinner in September, in recognition of the company’s Thinksafe Leadership Program, which aims to build capability and empower staff to be leaders in safety.
These awards recognise South Australian wine businesses who go over and above the fundamentals of work health and safety by demonstrating meaningful and substantial improvements.
Australian Vintage’s Thinksafe Leadership Program is a seven-part program that aims to build capability and empower staff to be leaders in safety. Then program includes:
- A set of behaviours that ensures all AV employees understand they are accountable for their own safety.
- A mock court process focused on developing a risk mindset with leaders.
- A WHS Systems Handbook.
- A 1.5-day WHS Leadership Training Program.
- Return to Work management training.
Since it was introduced, the program has resulted in a 40% reduction in the total injuries recorded across the company.
Joined on stage by colleagues Chris Moe and Tamara Collins, Australian Vintage Global Head of Safety and Wellbeing, Amanda Normoyle, said winning this award was a testament to the team’s commitment in ensuring a safe and secure working environment for all employees.
“We are pleased to be recognised as a safety champion as we are committed to achieving a consistently high standard of safety and performance. People are our highest priority so having a dedicated WHS team who ensure a safe and secure working environment for all employees is crucial.
The Thinksafe Leadership Program has assisted with achieving a risk mindset amongst Australian Vintage’s leadership team and given staff a set of tools to better understand and manage WHS risk,” says Normoyle.
Chief Executive of SAWIA Inca Lee said these initiatives are examples of the South Australian wine industry’s excellent record in worker health and safety.
“We created these awards as we believe that businesses and individuals who manage risks effectively and strive to achieve a positive workplace safety culture should be celebrated.
The awards program also helps us to identify safety issues facing the Australian wine industry and community, so that we can find and share practical solutions to those issues,” she said.