For the third year in a row, Rork Projects has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards (ABA) 2021.

Managing Director, Brian O’Rourke said he attributes Rork’s success to stable leadership and consistent delivery of key objectives over last 12 months.

“The proof of this comes down to achieving a growth of headcount during challenging times,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“Employees are drawn to our commitment to social enterprise, competitive remuneration, work/life balance, positive culture and career development. Investing in business technology and upskilling of our people through training has enabled us to transition and scale effectively.

“We are grateful for their support of one another and our shared determination to succeed.

“Winning this award will give clients, business partners and prospective employees continued assurance of our strength and capabilities. We look forward to building on our achievements as we expand into emerging markets.”

In its sixteenth year, the awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program that recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice (EOC®) recognises organisations that develop leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented one of the most significant business challenges ever faced by employers across Australia. It created a critical need for leading organisations to adapt to new working environments and adopt new approaches to employee engagement whilst navigating the technical and operational constraints imposed by the lockdown,” said Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director.

“Fifty-six organisations have been selected in this year’s ABA Employer of Choice Awards. Many of these organisations have demonstrated new ways of working and learning, refining workplaces and careers with new systems to improve employee experience and efficiency.

“As the world changes, these organisations have implemented new business tools, practices, and policies to facilitate productivity beyond the physical office, presenting unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally,” Ms Johnston added.

Participation is open to all private and public companies, multinationals and their subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, government departments, government agencies, government authorities and statutory bodies operating in Australia. Participants must demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture & Leadership; Education, Training & Development; Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance, Recognition & Remuneration.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The Employer of Choice Framework (EOC Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world-class performance standards. The EOC Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the award category. Entries in this category are evaluated utilising the EOC Assessment module. The EOC Assessment module provides a robust set of requirements used as the methodology for benchmarking and knowledge building among the participating organisations.

For more information on the ABA Employer of Choice Awards 2021, visit