The Best Place to Work

Published: 21 April 2023
A group of people cheering.

It’s official: Sustainability Victoria has been named one of the best places to work in Australia and New Zealand.

Ranked first on the 2023 AFR Boss Best Places to Work List in the Government, Education & Not-For-Profit sector, Sustainability Victoria placed fourth in last year’s prestigious annual list, which is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading behavioural science consultancy, Inventium.

The assessment included a staff survey and a written submission, with questions relating to policies, practices and programs that exist within the organisation to support and get the best out of our employees.

Sustainability Victoria’s Interim CEO Matt Genever said he’s proud of the achievement and of the many people within the organisation who really do make it the best place to work.

"This award means the world to us,” Mr Genever said.

“We want Sustainability Victoria to be an engaging place for our teams to work, feel supported and enjoy what they do.

“We know that having an excellent workplace culture is very important in delivering major change.* Major change is what Sustainability Victoria and the whole of the Victorian Government aspires to, in transitioning to a climate-resilient Victoria."
Matt Genever, Interim SV CEO

Sustainability Victoria has embraced hybrid ways of working, and its ‘Find your Flex’ policy ensures staff can work in a way that best suits them.

This year, Sustainability Victoria also launched the Menstruation and Menopause Wellbeing Policy to support staff suffering from symptoms with additional paid leave and other flexible work options. 

“We want our staff to find flexible working arrangements that works best for them, whether that’s flexible start or finish times, compressed working hours, part-time work or even job sharing,” Mr Genever said.

“Staff have embraced our Find your Flex policy, with 97% stating that their management supports flexible working and 88% saying they feel like they belong at Sustainability Victoria.”

BOSS Editor Sally Patten said it was encouraging to see so many companies recognising that their employees are more than simply the tasks they perform.

“These employers are helping staff to fulfil their multiple roles, as parents, carers and partners, who want to grow and learn, and stay healthy."
Sally Patten


The AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list recognises and ranks the best places to work in Australia and New Zealand, by industry, and is the premier list of its kind. The list is judged and compiled by Inventium – Australia’s leading behavioural science consultancy, using a unique research-based methodology. In 2023, the list comprised of ten industry lists, compiled from over 700 nominations.

* Sourced from research by Forbes - In fact, 72% of companies that engaged with PwC's Global Culture Survey 2021 "report that culture helps successful change initiatives happen."