Excellence in Property Awards

The Australian Property Institute’s Excellence in Property Awards program is designed to recognise both individuals and organisations in the public and private sector who are leading the way in the property industry. A judging panel of distinguished industry leaders is brought together to critically assess all entries in their individual categories.

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2021 Award Finalists

The Australian Property Institute has announced on 11 August 2021 the finalists of its 2021 Excellence in Property Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in the property profession.

Australian Property Institute CEO Amelia Hodge said the entries received this year were reflective of a diverse and innovative property industry.

We were excited to receive such high calibre entries for the awards. The results were particularly close in a number of categories, making it a very difficult decision for the judges. Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to our sponsors for your support. The winners will be announced and presented at at our 2021 API National Property Conference.

The finalists of the 2021 Excellence in Property Awards are:

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award
  • Acumentis
  • CBRE
  • Herron Todd White

The Workplace Diversity and Culture Award recognises leadership and excellence from an organisation or government department in promoting diversity and creating a progressive workplace culture for the advancement of the property sector.

Valuation Team of the Year Award
  • CBRE Hotels Valuation Team
  • m3property National Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living Team
  • Opteon’s Commercial Team

The Valuation Team of the Year Award recognises excellence in the application of valuation standards and a commitment to best practice across a valuation team.

Young Property Professional of the Year Award
  • Kate Bingham, Acumentis – WA
  • Andrew Cash, m3property – NSW
  • Will Johnson, Herron Todd White – NT

The Young Professional of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution and professional excellence of a young property professional.

Innovation in Property Award
  • goFARM Australia
  • Opteon’s NPS Program
  • WelcomeMat Holdings Pty Ltd

The Innovation in Property Award, sponsored by The University of Melbourne, recognises innovation from an individual, team or organisation in the property sector.

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award
  • Katherine Bartolo, Valuer General – SA
  • Jacqueline Reiser, CBRE – QLD
  • Annette Smith, Acumentis – QLD

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award is named after the Australian Property Institute’s first female Member and recognises leadership, professionalism and outstanding property community contribution.

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award
  • Kym Dreyer, m3property – SA
  • William Reynolds, Opteon – TAS

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award, named in honour of the first President of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers (the Australian Property Institute’s original name), and recognises contribution and commitment to the property profession and the community of the Australian Property Institute.

API 2021 Excellence in Property Awards Categories and Criteria

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

This award recognises leadership and excellence from an organisation or government department in promoting diversity and creating a progressive workplace culture for the advancement of the property sector.

Eligibility 

Open to organisations and government departments.

Criteria 

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace and the industry, evidenced by the establishment of programs or policies showing measurable change  
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving standards of practice within the organisation and in the wider profession through ongoing development of staff 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a positive workplace culture which helps to attract/retain staff and gives back to the community 
Valuation Team of the Year

This award recognises excellence in the application of valuation standards and a commitment to best practice across a valuation team. 

Eligibility 

Open to a team whose primary function is in valuations.

Criteria

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving best practice in valuation practice 
  • Implementation of quality management systems resulting in measurable improvements in customer/client satisfaction and high-quality outcomes 
Young Property Professional of the Year

This award recognises outstanding contribution and professional excellence of a young property professional. 

Eligibility 

Open to an individual under the age of 35 (as of 31 December 2020).

Criteria

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated consistently high standard of professional excellence, ethics, and dedication to the property industry 
  • Demonstrated personal contribution to the API community of Young Property Professionals, as an active volunteer, advocate and role model 
Innovation in Property Award

This award recognises innovation from an individual, team or organisation in the property sector. 

Eligibility

Open to an individual, team or organisation. 

Criteria

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Development and implementation of an innovative project, product, technology or system 
  • Demonstrated benefit of the project, product, technology or system to the property industry as a whole and/or the community 
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

This Award, named after the Australian Property Institute’s first female member, recognises leadership, professionalism and outstanding property community contribution. 

Leslie Bennett graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1961 and was admitted as the first female Associate of the Institute on 7 June 1962. She was employed in the Real Estate Office of the Victorian Railways and after graduation was made a staff valuer. 

Eligibility

Open to a female member of the Australian Property Institute 

Criteria

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated leadership in the property industry  
  • Contribution to the property profession and community 
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

This Award, named in honour of the first President of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers (the Australian Property Institute’s original name), recognises contribution and commitment to the property profession and the community of the Australian Property Institute. 

Eligibility 

Open to a current or past member of the Australian Property Institute (may be awarded posthumously).

Criteria 

Applications must address the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to the vision, purpose and strategic goals of the Australian Property Institute 
  • Personal commitment to the property profession and/or to the Australian Property Institute as a volunteer, advocate and role model 
  • Demonstrated service to the property sector and/or the Australian Property Institute 

Meet our previous Excellence in Property Award Winners

2020 Excellence in Property Award Winners

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Winner: JLL

Sponsor: Herron Todd White 

JLL has introduced a committee supporting all aspects of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. They have rolled out programs across the business such as Mentoring, Executive Coaching, Peer Group Reviews, an Emerging Leaders Programme and a Back to Work Programme.

In 2018, JLL implemented a pilot inclusion dashboard that captured the values and feelings of personnel across the region. This survey is now conducted annually to help measure ongoing success.

JLL celebrates diversity through a range of events, such as participating in the Midsumma Pride March, and hosting a Diwali celebration in every city nationally. They have also established a Wellness Hub, training programs and Reconciliation Action Plan. JLL has partnered with the Job Access Organisation and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to assist in skill development and inclusion in the community.

Valuation Team Of The Year

Winner: Valuer General NSW

Sponsor: Marsh Insurance 

Last summer, bushfires burned seven percent of New South Wales – over 54,000 square kilometres. For comparison, that would be more than three quarters of Tasmania.

Normally land values are determined using sales evidence. But with potentially limited sales, how do you value land after such a calamity?

Valuer General New South Wales tackled the problem innovatively.

A special team reviewed bushfire-affected land over time, analysing sales trends before and after bushfire events. From this, they developed an evidence-based matrix to determine land values without recent comparable sales.

The new framework considers the prior demand in a fire-affected area, coupled with the level of fire-damaged properties in that area.

 

All Valuer General New South Wales valuation contractors are now using this matrix to work out 1 July 2020 fire-affected land values in the absence of sales evidence.

Young Property Professional Of The Year

Winner: James Paver

Sponsor: Griffin Legal

 

James is the Managing Director of leading property development, investment and services firm, Avenor. Since establishing the company in 2016 with his business partner, James has employed over 25 people and has positioned Avenor as an industry leader.

James places great value on corporate social responsibility. By rallying support from industry peers, Avenor has been a long-time supporter of the Wipeout Dementia Property Surf Competition, which has raised over $1.3m for dementia research.

Among other major projects, he has successfully driven a 5-year campaign to establish an innovation precinct for Sydney, culminating in the successful establishment of the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct at Central Station.

James has been involved with API Young Property Professionals initiatives since 2010 and continues supporting the API as a leader in the industry.

Innovation in Property Award

Winner: Herron Todd White – National Office Team

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

The Herron Todd White National Office Team has worked behind the scenes with the API and Residential Valuation Industry group members to successfully issue an addendum to the ABFI Residential Standing Instructions.

This accomplishment allows for the new Contactless Inspection tool to be used in the field by the valuer. They work with the occupant to gather all the relevant information to complete a full API PropertyPRO report.

The Herron Todd White Contactless Inspection Tool is a mobile-friendly web application that guides the occupant through a step-by-step process of collecting information about the property, eliminating the need for the valuer to go inside.

In little over 4 months Herron Todd White has completed over 970 remote inspections using the tool, remaining compliant and keeping the workforce and community safe during these uncertain times.

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Winner: Aleisha Brookes

Sponsor: Preston Rowe Paterson

Aleisha has 21 years’ experience in property valuations. She specialised in residential valuations for over a decade as a Valuer Area Manager at JLL. In 2017, she was appointed as the Risk Director, managing the Valuation Advisory Quality Assurance team.

Aleisha is a Fellow member with the API and has held numerous volunteer roles since 2008 including the CPD Committee, State and National Organising Committee and is a current State Council Member. Throughout her career, she has shared knowledge and guidance to numerous assistant valuers on their pathway to becoming RPVs or CPVs.

Aleisha was accepted this year into JLL’s Leadership Acceleration Network, an 18-month program to assist with the facilitation of the Global Valuation Advisory transformation.

In her own time, she is also an Assistant Member of the Queensland Valuers Registration Board.

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Winner: Tyrone Hodge

Sponsor: Valuecorp

Tyrone has a passion for property and technology that spans a 30-year career. Tyrone has championed change in the sector having driven the disruption of real estate advertising and adoption of the Internet in the mid ‘90s. Most recently, he has played a global role in a team focused on valuation transformation and technology at JLL.

Tyrone has served the property industry for many years volunteering his time on various committees. He has also assisted others by sponsoring JLL staff in the Women in Property initiative, the Mentor program and the Diversity and Inclusion committee. He has been an active member of the API since 2008, including serving as NSW President, National President and Chair of the Board.

Tyrone is passionate about the valuation profession and about building a sustainable and relevant future for everyone involved. He embraces change, diversity and technology and believes that if we get these issues right, we will create an even better property profession.

2019

The winners of the Excellence in Property Awards were announced 24 October 2019 at the National Property Conference + 10th WAVO Congress.

2019 Award Categories and Sponsors2019 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Australian Property Institute Valuers Limited
NAB Property Services Group
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by m3property
Savills
Young Professional of the Year

Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Opteon
Celeste Orange, Westlink Consulting
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by The University of Melbourne
CBRE Digital Innovation Team
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Sponsored by Preston Rowe Paterson
Jacqui Bayles, Herron Todd White
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Sponsored by Valuecorp
Greg Clarke, McGees Property Brisbane
2018

The Australian Property Institute announced the inaugural winners of the revised Excellence in Property Awards at the API National Property Conference on 2 November 2018.

2018 Award Categories and Sponsors2018 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Opteon
Genworth Australia
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Maddocks
Herron Todd White New South Wales, North Coast Commercial Team
Young Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Griffin Legal
Jasmin Poyzer
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by Bond University
JLL for their Melbourne Mapping Project
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property
Award

Sponsored by WBP Group
Sandra Peachey
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award 

Sponsored by CBRE
Greg Preston