Who are our 2018/19 Pinnacle Award winners?

Hawaiian Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence

Rio Tinto
Recognised for its work in improving literacy outcomes for Western Australian families, Rio Tinto has funded the Better Beginnings literacy program for 15 years in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia. The program has provided more than 700,000 reading packs for children from birth to kindergarten throughout the state.

Rio Tinto nominated The Smith Family to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

SRG Group Customer Service Excellence

WA Country Health Service
Delivering health services to more than half a million people at more than 100 sites spanning 2.5 million kilometres, WACHS has some challenges. Its Consumer Engagement in the 21st Century initiative identified gaps in the consumer feedback process. WACHS implemented a feedback program with strong uptake and engagement from its diverse client base.

The WA Country Health Service nominated the Leukaemia Foundation to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

Kott Gunning Lawyers Emerging Business Excellence

Appbot Pty Ltd
Started in 2011, Appbot allows developers and marketers to see how their app is performing in all app stores and has become the premier provider of app review analysis and reporting in the world. More than 35 per cent of the world’s top-charting apps use Appbot.

Appbot nominated PetRescue to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

RAC Green Business Excellence

Rottnest Island Authority
Rottnest Island Authority’s commitment to environmental initiatives has led to it becoming one of just 10 Earth Check-certified sustainable destinations in the world. Moving away from diesel-powered generators, the self-powered island is a global leader and innovator in renewable energy.

Rottnest Island Authority nominated Rottnest Foundation to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

People2People Human Resource Management Excellence

VisAbility Limited
The National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care reforms means now is a time of great change in the disability sector. VisAbility has worked to position itself as an employer of choice. The organisation has done away with annual performance reviews in favour of a focus on workforce development and transparency. A reward scheme for employees involving professional development has received great feedback from team satisfaction surveys.

VisAbility Limited nominated Guide Dogs WA to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

Curtin University Innovation Excellence

P&N Bank
At a time when banks are being heavily scrutinised, P&N Bank has managed to stand out from its larger competitors through its approach to innovation. Its instant digital card technology was first to market in Australia and achieved huge uptake.

P&N Bank nominated Lifeline WA to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

PrintSync Marketing Excellence

Cockburn Aquatic & Recreation Centre (ARC)
The City of Cockburn rose to considerable challenges in the lead up to opening its ARC facility in Perth’s southern corridor in May 2017. Lacking brand awareness in a market where 12 similar providers operated within a 5km radius, Cockburn ARC created a unique, standalone brand. The facility opened with 3500 members and doubled that number the next year.

Cockburn ARC nominated Cancer Council WA to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

Perdaman Workplace Diversity Excellence

Black Swan State Theatre Company
Black Swan State Theatre Company achieved gender parity across its 2018 season for directors, writers and actors, with four of its eight productions written by women.

As a not-for-profit organisation Black Swan State Theatre Company were able to invest their $20,000 into their own workforce.


WA Business Leader of the Year Adrian Fini OAM Snowdome Foundation
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Wesfarmers Limited West Australian Opera
Customer Service Excellence Hollywood Private Hospital Youth Focus
Emerging Business Excellence Earbus Foundation of Western Australia Starlight Foundation
Green Business Excellence Hanson Construction Materials and Kings Park and Botanic Garden Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Human Resource Management Excellence Horizon Power Ronald McDonald House
Innovation Excellence RAC WA St John Ambulance Ltd
Marketing Excellence RAC WA St John Ambulance Ltd
Workplace Diversity Excellence Bankwest The Pinnacle Foundation


WA Business Leader of the Year Nev Power White Ribbon
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Bankwest beyondblue
Customer Service Excellence Adventure World Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
Emerging Business Excellence chemo@home James Crofts Hope Foundation
Green Business Excellence RAC WA Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades
Human Resource Management Excellence RAC WA Youth Focus
Innovation Excellence chemo@home James Crofts Hope Foundation
Marketing Excellence Brownes Dairy Ngala Community Services & Starlight Children's Foundation
Workplace Diversity Excellence Palmerston Association Inc Palmerston Association Inc


WA Business Leader of the Year Stan Perron AM Lifeline WA
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence City of Karratha and Rio Tinto Royal Flying Doctor Service
Customer Service Excellence Perth Stadium Management The MS Society of WA
Emerging Business Excellence Minnovare St Vincent De Paul Society
Green Business Excellence Carnegie Wave Energy Limited SurfRider Foundation WA
Human Resource Management Excellence WA Department of Education The Telethon Institute
Innovation Excellence Minnovare Starlight Children's Foundation
Marketing Excellence Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd WWF Australia
Workplace Diversity Excellence Iluka Resources Ltd Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research


WA Business Leader of the Year Andrew Forrest Ochre Dance Company
Aboriginal Leadership Development Excellence Rio Tinto The David Wirrpanda Foundation
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Hawaiian Youth Focus
Customer Service Excellence Sparkle Dental Joondalup HeartKids WA
Emerging Business Excellence HealthEngine Meridian Global Foundation
Green Business Excellence Scott Print Shake It Up Australia
Human Resource Management Excellence Patersons Stadium - West Australian Football Commission The Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA
Innovation Excellence Carnegie Wave Energy Engineers Without Borders
Marketing Excellence RAC WA The Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades of WA Inc.


WA Business Leader of the Year Richard Goyder AO Juvenile Diabetes
Aboriginal Leadership Development Excellence Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation Clontarf Foundation
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Bis Industries Fairbridge WA Inc
Customer Service Excellence iiNet Ronald McDonald House Perth
Green Business Excellence Serco Australia CanTeen
Human Resource Management Excellence City of Melville Melville Cares Inc
Innovation Excellence Transmin Pty Ltd PMH Foundation
Marketing Excellence P&N Bank The Channel 7 Telethon Trust
Regional Small Business Excellence Growing Towards Wellness St Vincent de Paul WA