Affinity wins 2017 Workplace Excellence Award

Affinity Education Group has been announced as winner of the National Workplace Excellence Award for Organisational Development in the 2017 Workplace Excellence Awards by the Australian Psychological Society.

Announced at a Gala dinner in Brisbane on Friday 17 November, the award recognises organisation-wide interventions that improve organisational performance, efficiency, effectiveness and/or positive outcomes.
Previous winners and finalists include BHP, Australia Post, ANZ and the University of Queensland.

Affinity’s award submission focused on its efforts over the past two years to build an internal culture which supported high performance, customer focus and a positive organisational climate.

‘The Affinity Way’ – a set of shared values developed in consultation with employees which was introduced and embedded within the culture – has been extremely successful resulting in recognition and reward at every employee level.
Spokesperson for the awards Heather Ikin said Affinity had demonstrated genuine organisational development strategies through a comprehensive program which had resulted in improvements.

“Affinity is a relatively young organisation that has seen a lot of changes and workforce challenges – the Human Resources team are to be commended on developing a comprehensive program of activities and strategies to improve outcomes for the workforce as well as the business,” Ms Ikin said.

“You showed the judges that investing in your people leads to great outcomes not just for employees, but for business leaders, clients and stakeholders,” she said.

Key strategies noted in the award-winning submission by Affinity included the development of ‘Playbooks’ embedding strategies, structures and skills for key roles, the introduction of regular Quality Reviews incorporating face-to-face coaching, and extensive workplace training.

Affinity CEO Tim Hickey said the recognition was a welcome reward for the team – including Chief Operating Officer Shane Dann and Head of Human Resources Linda Carroll for their multi-team approach.

“At Affinity, we know our people are the key to our success, and we’ve gone above and beyond during the past two years to ensure our Centre Managers and Area Managers had access to best practice tools, systems and training so our centres can deliver high quality early education while operating as successful business models,” Mr Hickey said.

“The combined effects of best centre managers, The Affinity Way and our focus on long term sustainability of our business practices is delivering absolute turnarounds at many of our centres, and this award confirms Affinity’s place as a leader not only in early childhood education but as a company which delivers on its promise to employees.”
Affinity Education Group is one of Australia's largest privately held providers of early childhood education. Headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, the company owns and operates 167 under a variety of brands throughout Australia, with a presence in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Affinity Education Group’s research-based Lifelong Learning approach places primary focus on high quality play-based early education which aligns with the approved curriculum. Visit