A winning partnership

The MAX Employer of the Year program recognises organisations that are authentic partners that support our mission of giving every person, every chance.

Whilst we are yet to announce the overall 2019 winner, the four employers who were nominated for their excellence were:

Programmed Skilled Workforce

Skilled workforce

Programmed is Australia and New Zealand’s leading operations and maintenance service provider, with more than 100 branches in key metropolitan and regional areas.

In 2019, we placed over 450 customers into professional, skilled and semi-skilled roles across a range of sectors, making Programmed Skilled Workforce our largest national employer partner.

Of those placements, 11% identified as Indigenous and 13% were people with disability.

AMA Group Solutions


AMA Group is Australia’s largest panel beating and accident repair organisation operating more than 150 sites across Australia.

We placed 52 customers with AMA Group in 2018-19 and are proud to be the company’s preferred employment services partner.

The company has worked closely with MAX to trial new hiring methods in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. These programs provide supported pathways exclusive to MAX customers, most notably, through the Paint Preparers Program.

Collins Foods Limited


Our pioneering work with Collins Foods Limited, the operator of KFC, Taco Bell and Sizzler restaurant chains, was recognised in this year’s National Employment Services Awards.

Judges praised our partnership for supporting the long-term needs of workers with disability, and for creating a cultural shift among restaurant managers towards employees with disability.



We have a strong, enduring relationship with Woolworths, predominantly through our national partnership with the Diversity Dimensions program, which was established to help the supermarket chain meet its Indigenous employment targets.

In 2019, we achieved 318 placements with Woolworths across the country, making it one of our top five MAX employers by volume.

The placements included 117 Indigenous customers and 44 customers from our Disability Employment Services caseload.