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Staff Persons of the Year

All of our staff are legends... but we aim to recognise those who excel and push the boundaries. As HR Manager, I felt that a monthly staff incentive scheme would achieve many goals:

  • Reward outstanding performance
  • Recognise high levels of presentation and pride
  • Motivate individuals to attain goals and targets
  • Promote teamwork and team goals
  • Promote the vision and global aims of Australia Zoo's development
  • Assist with staff performance reviews and development
  • Encourage attendance at our monthly all-staff meetings.

Senior managers formally nominate staff from their departments each month. Staff also give input and suggestions to their relevant managers advising who they think should be nominated and why. Sometimes you may even find senior managers cross-nominating! All completed nomination forms are presented to Wes (Zoo Director) and Frank (General Manager) who select/fight over/debate who the winner should be each month. Hence, we sometimes end up with several winners!

During the monthly staff meetings in the Crocoseum, all nominees receive a prize and get the added embarrassment of being pictured on the big screen and asked to 'come on down' when nominations are announced. Nominees generally receive various gift cards or certificates for their efforts, including dinner vouchers, retail store vouchers and even Australia Zoo travel gift certificates!

At the end of each year, Terri and Wes, with input from the senior management team, select the WINNERS for the STAFF PERSON/S of the YEAR award, and at our staff Christmas party, we all eagerly wait to see who is chosen! And the prize is... a TRIP to DISNEYLAND... Wooo-hoo! I couldn't believe my ears when I was first informed! As the program evolves, I will keep you up to date with the major prizes and the winners!

Sandy Whitehead - HR Manager


2015 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Shellee Dillon

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Jennifer Robertson

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Amanda Brown

zoo crew legend

Movers and Shakers
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Carol Saroglia & Dr Rosie Booth

zoo crew legend

Quiet Achievers
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Vivek Sonavane

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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Heather Cameron

2014 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Shaheeda Chelat

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Departments that worked on Bindi’s Island
(Construction/Grounds)

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Andrew Underhill

zoo crew legend

Movers and Shakers
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Damian Meadows

zoo crew legend

Quiet Achievers
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Lisa McConnell

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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John Martin

2013 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Hannah Hutton & Wayne Hinsbey

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Joshua Ruffell

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Ben Beaden

zoo crew legend

Movers and Shakers
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Emma Jurss

zoo crew legend

Quiet Achievers
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Steve Blanchard

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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Joel Barr (AZ) and Pam Peters (AZWH)

2012 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Claude Lacasse

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Bindi Irwin

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Stuart Gudgeon

zoo crew legend

Movers and Shakers
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Stacey Brown

zoo crew legend

Quiet Acheivers
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Peter Liehr

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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Lance Paynter (AZWH) and Fay Taylor (AZ)

2011 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year 1
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Susan Elmer

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year 2
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Kris Berndt

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Amanda Brown

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Keith Sadler

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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Wendy Murray

2010 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year 1
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Bonnie Nolan

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year 2
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Claudia Rumph

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award 1
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Manu Ludden

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award 2
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Laurie Pond

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Richard Jackson

zoo crew legend

Volunteers
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Ron Wiskar

2009 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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John Ford & Kate Morley

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Mark Niven

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Karen Appleby


Volunteers
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Anita Turner

2008 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Karen Bennett

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Cameron Chapman

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Toby Millyard


Volunteers
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Shane Hancock

2007 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Anthony Dezoete-Baker

zoo crew legend

The Directors Award
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Bruce Murdock

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Jan Nielsen

2006 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Broek Stevens


The Directors Award
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Kelsey Mostyn


Steve Irwin Award
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Joy Murray

2005 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Brian & Kate Coulter

2004 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Fred, Thelma & Lenny White

2003 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Bruce Poulton & Amanda Brown

2002 Staff Awards

zoo crew legend

Staff Person Of The Year
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Tina Grieve & Sandy Whitehead