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Benetas and Villa Maria recognised for their innovative workplace arrangements

Two leading Victorian aged care providers have been recognised by the state government for providing progressive and family-friendly working conditions.

Benetas and Villa Maria were among a group of 20 organisations to be named a ‘2010 Fair and Flexible Employer’ by the Victorian Government’s Working Families Council.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said she was thrilled with the award.

“This is a wonderful accolade that reflects our dedication to investing in progressive workplace practices and family friendly working conditions for our staff.

“Benetas understands the need to be a fair and flexible employer because really, it’s our workforce that provides us with our competitive edge,” Hills said.

Likewise, Villa Maria CEO Valerie Lyons said she was “extremely proud” to be one of 20 Victorian organisations to take out the award, and one of seven to be recognised in both 2009 and 2010.

“Villa Maria has long understood the need to create a supportive and innovative workplace for our 950 staff through arrangements including 48/52 leave arrangements, job sharing, learning and development opportunities and flexible start and finish times.

“We are proud that we continually work towards being an employer of choice, and have a passionate Equal Employment Opportunity Committee dedicated to promoting diversity and equality across the workplace,” Lyons said.

Industrial Relations Minister Martin Pakula presented the awards at a special ceremony in Melbourne last week.

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