Australia’s recruitment and staffing industry honours its best

Winners of the 2021 RCSA Industry Awards named


The winners of the Australian 2021 RCSA Industry Awards were announced at a revamped cocktail-awards ceremony in Sydney last night.

Australian actor, author, television and radio personality Andrew Daddo was the MC of the event.

The winners of the Australian 2021 RCSA Industry Awards are:


Excellence in Candidate Care - MAYDAY Recruitment Group

Excellence in Client Service - Beaumont People

Excellence in Social Purpose -Vertical Scope Group & IPA Personnel Services

Excellence in Safety and Wellbeing - Chandler Macleod Group

Outstanding Large Agency 2021 - Beaumont People

Outstanding Medium Agency 2021 - SMAART Recruitment

Outstanding Small Agency 2021- Kaizen Recruitment

Recruitment Professional 2021 - Hannah Deady (MAYDAY Recruitment Group)

Rising Star 2021 - Kellie Chehade (people2people Recruitment Victoria)

Industry Leader 2021 - Louise Thomson MRCSA (Caring for You Nursing Agency)

Outstanding Supplier 2021 - JobAdder

CEO Outstanding Contribution - Tara Staritski (SWITCH Education)


RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said they received a record number of applications for the 12 categories and the winners were selected out of the 41 finalists.


“Every year the annual RCSA Industry Awards recognise the best of the best in the recruitment and staffing sector in Australia and New Zealand,” Charles said.


“These coveted awards are among the most prestigious in the sector and highlight the true outstanding achievers operating in the industry.


“After the disruption of the past year, it made me incredibly proud to read the large number of submissions and read in detail how much our members rolled up their sleeves to respond during the height of the pandemic to get Australia working again.”


Several new categories were introduced this year to reflect the remarkable times we have succeeded through.


“We believe it is vital that we work together as an industry to support each other to be the best professionals we can be to provide the most worthwhile and valuable service we can offer to clients and candidates alike,” Charles said.


“This sense of commitment to shared purpose and teamwork has been a feature of the past 12 months. Our industry was vital in moving workers out of impacted industries to areas of demand to keep people in jobs during the early months of COVID, placing more than 150,000 Australians in work between March and June last year.


“We are still providing equally vital support to businesses across the country as they recover from the impacts of last year.


“Beyond COVID, watching our members work together to engage and influence change around casual employment was humbling and inspiring. The volume of activity undertaken by members under the banner of comradery and shared purpose was astounding.


“I want to thank those members who dedicated so much of their time and resources to telling their stories, sharing our campaign and meeting with decision-makers on this issue.


“The ultimate outcome on the casual changes was a testament to just how powerful our industry can be when we unite as a team behind a common goal,” Charles said.


“Nights like last night’s Industry Awards are an important part of reflecting on the year. It gives us a chance to honour and recognise those who have done well, encouraging others to learn from their example and also allows us to spend time together as industry participants just having some fun.”


The awards ceremony also paid special tribute to the extraordinary life of Louise ‘Louy’ Thomson - winner of the 2021 Industry Leader Award. As the first member of The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Louy dedicated her life to helping others and sadly passed away earlier this year. During 2020, her agency Caring for You, employed 4,326 dedicated nurses and carers, and together deployed over 1,100 individual nurses and carers each week to cover hundreds of healthcare facilities.


The New Zealand RCSA Industry Awards will be held at Shed 10 Auckland on July 8. Tickets are still available via this link.

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