We work together to achieve our business objectives

Port Waratah’s efforts to continuously improve our culture and performance is driven by our core values: integrity, caring, being progressive and dedication to excellence. We partner with our people to build on our strengths and identify improvement opportunities.

In 2019, organisational and leadership changes laid the necessary foundations to pursue a ‘One Team’ approach. We further developed a culture of shared responsibility through stronger collaboration between teams and improved communications. We introduced a Senior Leadership Team, a simplified leadership structure and emphasis on cross-functional teams for key projects and improvement initiatives. Employee engagement initiatives were implemented across focus areas including change management, continuous improvement, internal communications and performance management. Opportunities to attend formal training programmes were provided to all employees, and leaders were involved in a strategic framework review.

Key Achievements

  • Our 2019 Employee Engagement Survey saw the highest ever participation with 85% of employees taking part.
  • Continued development of the One Team approach with 91% of employees attending Employee Development Days.




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Case Study

Leadership Development

Port Waratah maintained a strong focus on leadership development in 2019. This included our supported participation in external leadership courses, one of which was HunterNet’s Future Leaders Program. The program involves sessions delivered by industry leaders and professional practitioners, as well as a team project and gala dinner. Two Port Waratah employees participated in the program and were provided with support for skills development, and the opportunity to broaden their network and deepen their confidence to lead.


The major project’s winning team included one of Port Waratah’s future leaders, Sam Noakes who said: “The program was a fantastic opportunity to network with other young professionals and develop as a leader. I thoroughly enjoyed the program, its relevant and engaging topics and working within a great team of leaders on the winning project”.

Our focus on leadership development reflected a strong improvement in the leadership driver in Port Waratah’s 2019 Engagement Survey results.