Reward and recognition

Reward and recognition plays an extremely important role in shaping our culture and the behaviours of our employees. It is a means of improving both individual and business outcomes. The Comcare Reward and Recognition Policy reflects our culture of demonstrating appreciation and recognition for contributions made by employees at all levels, and in all areas of the organisation.

The policy aims to reinforce many of the priorities outlined in the Comcare People Plan and provides a framework to:

  • encourage greater teamwork, cooperation and pride in our organisation
  • promote innovative thinking and initiative
  • motivate people to continue to make such contributions
  • support the building of a performance based culture
  • commemorate the achievement of significant service to Comcare or the Australian Public Service (APS).

Formal award programme—Australia Day Awards

Comcare’s Australia Day Awards programme publicly acknowledges the outstanding performance of our individual employees and/or teams who have demonstrated high levels of innovation, collaboration, impact and who championed diversity in the workplace in the previous year. The awards are presented annually.

In total, six Australia Day Awards were presented on 29 January 2016 in a number of categories reflecting Comcare’s strategic themes: Impact, Innovation Collaboration or who championed Diversity.

CEO Awards

In 2016, Comcare introduced the CEO Awards. These awards are part of Comcare’s response to employee census feedback about reward and recognition.

Comcare’s CEO Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of employees in their work. All Comcare employees can nominate their colleagues for the awards.

Recognising high performing teams and individuals who have consistently provided excellent customer service, demonstrated exceptional leadership, achieved substantial efficiencies or contributed to outstanding policy and programme outcomes for Comcare is at the core of the CEO Awards. These awards are presented in July.