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.

 


Finalists Announced

Innovation in Property Award

Congratulations to all our finalists for the Innovation in Property Award:

  • Herron Todd White – Rural HAWK
  • Opteon – Seamless Commercial program of work
  • JLL – Valorem
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Congratulations to our Finalists in The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award:

  • Chris Knight
  • Ted Hoskin
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Congratulations to our Finalists in The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award:

  • Helen Tarrant
  • Kat Hale
  • Dimity Marshall
Young Property Professional of the Year Award

Congratulations to our Finalists in the Young Property Professional of the Year Award:

  • Maria Berto
  • Tamsin Quayle
  • Freddie Kareh
  • Tessa Leigh-Lancaster
Valuation Team of the Year Award

Congratulations to our Finalists in the Valuation Team of the Year Award:

  • Opteon – Technical Services Team
  • Cushman & Wakefield – Valuation and Advisory Team (Australia)
  • Lee Property Valuers and Advisors – Customer Success Team
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Congratulations to our Finalist in the Workplace Diversity and Culture Award:

  • Preston Rowe Paterson

2022 Key Dates

  • Monday 4 July: Award Nominations Open
  • Friday 19 August: Award Nominations Close
  • Wednesday 14 September: Award Finalists Announced Online
  • Wednesday 26 October: Award Winners Announced Virtually

Scroll down to see all award categories and selection criteria.

 

Please contact Nicolle Stubbs, Events Manager at [email protected] if you have any Award queries.

2022 Awards Categories and Criteria

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 (maximum 700 words)
  • Demonstrated benefit of the project, product, technology or system to the property industry as a whole and/or the community (maximum 700 words)

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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) from 1926-1928, 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) of all genders.

 

Criteria
Applications must address the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the vision, purpose and strategic goals of the Australian Property Institute (maximum 700 words)
  • Personal commitment to the property profession and/or to the Australian Property Institute as a volunteer, advocate and role model (maximum 700 words)
  • Demonstrated service to the property sector and/or the Australian Property Institute (maximum 700 words)

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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.

Lesley 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 (maximum 700 words)
  • Contribution to the property profession and community (maximum 700 words)

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Young Property Professional of the Year Award

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 2021)

 

Criteria
Applications must address the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated consistently high standard of professional excellence, ethics, and dedication to the property industry (maximum 700 words)
  • Demonstrated personal contribution to the API community of Young Property Professionals, as an active volunteer, advocate and role model (maximum 700 words)

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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 (maximum 700 words)
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving standards of practice within the organisation and in the wider profession through ongoing development of staff (maximum 700 words)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a positive workplace culture which helps to attract/retain staff and gives back to the community (maximum 700 words)

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Valuation Team of the Year Award

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 (maximum 700 words)
  • Implementation of quality management systems resulting in measurable improvements in customer/client satisfaction and high-quality outcomes (maximum 700 words)

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2021 Excellence in Property Award Winners

Innovation in Property Award

Winner: goFARM Australia

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

goFARM is a purpose-led, research-driven, high conviction agricultural investor and developer. Their purpose is to deliver the innovation and capital solutions required to propel Australian agriculture’s growth and success.

 

With the climate warming and drying, water inflows into the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s most important food bowl, have almost halved over the last 20 years. Food producers must innovate to address the risks arising from water scarcity and deliverability to ensure global food security.

 

goFARM’s Project “Akuna” has invested to deliver a positive impact on on-farm productivity and water use efficiency, at scale. Across more than 7,000 hectares and more than 50,000ML, goFARM’s investment in land use change, farm design, soil regeneration and subsurface drip irrigation technology has delivered more than a doubling in output per unit of water applied. Furthermore, they have reclaimed and recycled obsolete farm infrastructure to reduce the environmental footprint of the project, as well as creating new jobs in northern Victoria.

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Winner: Kym Dreyer

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Kym Dreyer has been a trusted property professional in South Australia for over 40 years, working as a Valuer since 1980. He currently manages the Residential Development team as a Director within m3property’s South Australia office. First joining the API in 1980, Kym was awarded a Life Fellowship in 2011.

 

Kym has been an invaluable contributor to the API and the broader property industry by serving on a number of divisional and national committees and panels. He has been responsible for the execution and implementation of professional and technical policy matters on behalf of national API members, as well as helping to develop the Future Property Professionals program.

 

During his 40-year career, Kym has made a significant contribution to the valuation profession. His expertise is held in high regard and he has promoted trust in the industry through accountability and adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards.

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Winner: Annette Smith, Acumentis

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Annette has spent a career in property valuation with a passion to empower and pave the path for more women to excel in a male-dominated industry. The seed for this passion was sown at the start of her career in 1995 as the first female graduate at the Lands Department undertaking rural valuation work in a regional area. After facing the challenge of finding accommodation for a single woman, she knew from this moment on that this had to change.

 

Annette fosters a supportive work culture by promoting the priority of flexible work arrangements at Acumentis, offering team members the ability to have a fulfilling family life and career. She makes the effort to personally connect with team members, no matter what the distance.

 

Annette is a mentor for female valuers and continuously gives back to the Central Queensland community through roles at a range of Planning Boards and Associations.

Young Property Professional Of The Year

Winner: Will Johnson, Herron Todd White

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Will Johnson is the Managing Director of Herron Todd White Northern Territory. With a strong family interest and history in the property market, Will is passionate about the industry and is now the proud Chair of the API in the Northern Territory, and enjoys developing and mentoring other young property professionals.

 

As the youngest member elected to the HTWA/C Board in Herron Todd White’s 53-year history, at 34 years of age, Will’s insight is extremely valued and he has been an important part of the company’s success. His key achievements include the successful ratification of the RVI’s Emergency Protocol, allowing the award-winning Contactless Inspection Tool to be utilised where there is no ability to undertake a full inspection under COVID restrictions.

 

As the State Chair of the API’s Northern Territory State Committee, Will is involved in state divisional meetings, local CPD events, and API programs. An active YPP volunteer, Will enjoys mentoring other young Members, acting as a role model to the next generation of leaders.

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Winner: CBRE

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

CBRE is committed to achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, by creating an environment that reflects the wide range of clients and communities they serve. CBRE firmly believes that bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences produces better outcomes for clients and achieves world-class business results.

 

Key policy changes were made this year to FlexWork and Parental Leave policies, an important step in attracting and retaining women talent in the business.

 

CBRE’s latest Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan was recently endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Key programs include an Indigenous Centre of Excellence and a Social Development Initiative.

 

In the past 12 months, CBRE has fostered an inclusive environment for staff by introducing gender-neutral bathrooms and pronouns in email signatures, with the company also recognised by the Australian Workplace Equality Index for the third year running.

Valuation Team Of The Year

Winner: m3property National Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living Team

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

m3property’s national Health team is recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent valuation and advisory service providers within this sector. Led by National Director, Laila Burnet, in 2020 the team expanded their national service offering into the emerging Specialist Disability Accommodation investment market.

 

The Health team is dedicated to implementing valuation standards and best practice through industry-led research and continuing professional development. The team was responsible for developing an in-house including development of an SDA Projects Valuation Report Template and an innovative SDA Valuation Model.

 

Through client-facing initiatives, the team has shared key valuation experiences to educate financiers and stakeholders, demonstrating the critical skills they bring to the commercial property industry as an independent valuation firm.

Meet our previous Excellence in Property Award Winners

2020

The winners of the 2020 Excellence in Property Awards were announced on 30 October online.

 

2020 Award Categories and Sponsors2020 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Herron Todd White
JLL
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Marsh Insurance
Valuer General NSW
Young Property Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Griffin Legal
James Paver
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by The University of Melbourne
Herron Todd White - National Office Team
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Sponsored by Preston Rowe Paterson
Aleisha Brookes
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Sponsored by ValueCorp
Tyrone Hodge
2019

The winners of the 2019 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