Our People

We partner with our people to achieve our business objectives and to promote a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace.

Partnering with our people

We seek to build strong internal relationships with our people to foster a positive work environment and to ensure employees are supportive of our business strategy. Each year we provide a range of activities to enable employees to interact with management as well as other areas of the business, including; forums with the CEO, mid- and end-of-year business briefings, training sessions and a range of operational focused interactions.

Our Human Resources policies and management systems lay the foundations for our approach to employment and our relationships with employees. All of which are available to employees on the internal online document centre.

Over 50% of our workforce is made up of Enterprise Agreement (EA) employees, who are represented in EA negotiations by five different unions. Port Waratah welcomes Freedom of Association for our employees should they choose to be a member of a trade union. Click here to access a full version of our current Enterprise Agreement.

Our non-EA employees are employed under individual contracts which are reviewed and negotiated through an annual process including remuneration assessment based on market analysis and performance.

Diversity and Inclusion

Port Waratah’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy aims to develop an increasingly diverse workforce and build a culture of fairness, equity and inclusiveness.

A Diversity and Inclusion Working Group has been developed to support the strategy and is represented by employees across all levels of the business. The group meets bi-monthly and aims to improve our knowledge and understanding, increase our commitment and involvement, and leverage our existing policies and awareness.

In meeting our obligations under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, we annually lodge our Workplace Profile with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Click here to access our latest report.

Developing our people

We invest in the talent and potential of our team. Port Waratah continuously seeks out opportunities and develops programs to enable our people to become effective coaches and change leaders. We run regular training sessions, offer support to develop professional skills, and encourage internal secondments and rotations between teams.

This has included creating fit-for-purpose leadership programmes such as ‘It’s How We Lead’ and ‘Good to Great’ – giving our leaders the skills to lead more effective teams and support our business strategy. 

We are committed to supporting programs and activities that build the next generation of employees and leaders, including:

  • The University of Newcastle Scholarship Program – supporting students impacted by a disadvantage (Equity/Excellence model)
  • The Women in Mining mentoring program – a recognised industry program open to female employees
  • HunterNet Future Leaders – an external multidisciplinary program developing core business and team leadership skills, with a local focus
  • A host employer for mechanical and electrical trades apprentices through Programmed

An important part of the development of our people is succession planning. We do this annually to mitigate the risk of skill gaps and changes in the workforce. Succession planning also assists in achieving a balance between providing internal development opportunities and the recruitment of external skills.