RAA recognised for its licence to be innovative

14 October, 2022

RAA’s dedication to innovation was recognised last night at a national awards event in Sydney.

We achieved third place in the Australian Financial Review’s top ten Most Innovative Companies at the gala gathering of corporate heavy weights at the Fullerton Hotel.

Our Licence to Work program was one of a total of 700 nominations across ten categories for the awards, now in their eleventh year.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia to help to close the growing employment disparity among our youth and First Nations communities by providing students free lessons so they can get their driver’s licence.

RAA Senior Manager Business Innovation Ben Flink said the award was testament to our staff’s hard work and dedication to find ways to make a difference in the South Australian community.

“Innovation is about more than just new technology – it is about using new ways to solve problems we are facing,’’ he said.

“It’s something RAA has a long and demonstrated track record of doing for our 790,000 members.

RAA Senior Manager Community Engagement, Ben Haythorpe highlighted the positive impact gaining a licence can have on a young person’s life.

“Our Licence to Work helps young students who might not have access to a vehicle or licence holder to get that crucial time behind the wheel so they can get their driver’s licence,” Mr Haythorpe said.

“Having a driver’s licence is like having a passport to work for many young people.

Ian Pellegrini, Samantha Del Vescovo, Ben Flink, Rebekah Quinn, Ashleigh Brauer (Seaton High School), Ben Haythorpe, Angela DiFabio and Aaron Wilson

“It provides independence, helps with accessing further study options and also enhances employment opportunities.’’

The Licence to Work program finished third in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry category.

We were humbled to be listed amongst some other incredible Australian organisations, including Visa, Oxygen Home Loans, Honey Insurance, Pepper Money ANZ, Generation Life – Outthinking today, Lygon, WLTH, Shaype and Household Capital.

For us innovation isn’t just about technology, it’s about solving social problems and addressing pain-points for our 790,000 members and our South Australian community.
The national recognition is a reflection of the dedication of our growing Innovation team, led by Ben Flink and our Community Engagement team headed up by Ben Haythorpe. 
We thank The Australian Financial Review for hosting such an important event which shines a light on innovative activities in Australia that make a tangible difference to communities around the country.

This win comes as the RAA Travel team have also been recognised as finalists as the Most Outstanding Travel Agency Group in Australia by National Industry Travel Association (NITA). Stay tuned for more updates on this outcome.