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Investing in our people

How we support our people

We know that work is a big part of our people's lives and there are a lot of ways we can recognise, encourage and reward excellence and teamwork. We support wellbeing through flexible work arrangements and an inclusive work environment. This is more than a policy that sits on a shelf – it is embedded into the way we work and is key to our diverse global workplace.

Parental leave

Our market competitive entitlements for parental leave support eligible employees who are growing their families.

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Employee engagement

Our annual employee survey, Your Voice, is an important feedback channel for our people and helps us to better understand employee experiences. The rich insights provided enable us to identify areas for improvement to continue to create an environment where every employee can flourish.

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Employee ownership

We all share in the growth and success of our company through our employee share plans. Our employee ownership program allows our people to become part owners, with rights to receive South32 Limited Shares. We offer this annually at no cost to eligible employees.

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Employee Assistance Program

Our people and their families have access to an Employee Assistance Program, which provides confidential counselling and support. Our Employee Assistance Program and mental health initiatives are designed with the aim of keeping our people feeling safe and valued.

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Employee Volunteer Program

We also encourage involvement with our employee volunteer program, providing the opportunity to engage in community programs for one paid day per year.

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Developing our people

Developing our people

Our approach to performance and development is designed to make sure we can all learn, grow and strive to be better each day, and contribute to our success.

At South32, everyone is encouraged to develop their careers and seek out professional and personal opportunities to grow. We promote a lifelong approach to learning and support membership of professional associations and further education.

Performance and reward

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Performance and reward

Our benefits are designed to encourage productivity, performance and teamwork. These include:

  • Competitive salaries which reflect the skills and experience required for each role
  • Short-term incentive bonuses for eligible participants, paid in addition to base salary, reflecting our company's performance and each employee's contribution

Our reward framework sets out how we apply remuneration and benefits across the business, ensuring consistency, transparency, and alignment with our values.

Stories from our workforce

To attract and retain the best people, South32 offers a workplace that provides equally fulfilling careers and personal lives.

Our parental leave policy makes it easier for parents to take time off and be with their families, particularly during those special early years. We are proud to once again be recognised as one of Australia’s top workplaces for dads.
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