Smart50 Workplaces Winners

Developed in partnership with Employment Hero, Smart50 Workplaces 2023 recognises 50 Australian SMEs with exceptional hiring and retention strategies, and six category Top Performers.

Hear directly from our Smart50 Workplaces judges and winners as they unpack their approaches to hiring, culture and skills by watching our on-demand webinar.


Category Winners

Hybrid work & flexibility

Training & careers

Diversity & inclusion

Exa Product Development

NRG Services

CJC Management

Operating a hybrid workplace, Exa Product Development says "We truly understand that flexibility means different things to different people."

NRG Services thinks about its staff from right from the apprentice level. Currently it has 44 apprentices, all with career development plans in place.

CJC Management is open and honest about the barriers to achieving true diversity in its industry: "Women are significantly under-represented in the engineering workforce."

Salary & benefits

Mental health

Culture & employee experience

hipages Group

HumanX HR


"Our time to hire is consistently under 50 days and our top talent retention is almost 100%" hipages Group's Smart50 Workplaces submission proudly states.

Maybe it’s not surprising that an HR agency is well-versed in taking care of its people and their mental health. But there is plenty that leaders at other businesses can learn from this Top Performer.

Wisr has a clear employee experience strategy in place and impressed with the thoughtfulness and sophistication of its initiatives.



Alex Hattingh

Dom Price

Hareta McMullin

Chief People Officer, Employment Hero

Work futurist, Atlassian

Founder & CEO, Third Space People

Leanne Faulkner

Winitha Bonney OAM

Emma Green

Small Business Mental Health Advocate, Fortitude at Work

DEI Consultant

Chief Executive Officer,
Your CEO Mentor

Kathleen McCudden

Chief People and Culture Officer, Seek


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