VAILO, an Australian advanced lighting technology company named in Australia and New Zealand's leading best places to work

VAILO named in Australia and New Zealand’s leading best places to work

South Australian-based advanced lighting technology company VAILO has been named one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading places to work in the 2023 AFR BOSS Best Places to Work List.  

VAILO was ranked 4th in the Manufacturing & Consumer Goods list, having been selected from more than 700 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand. 

VAILO was ranked above major national and international companies including Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Blackmores and is one of only two SA-based companies on any of the lists. 

The 2023 AFR BOSS Best Places to Work List is created from an assessment of a staff survey and a written submission relating to policies, practices and programs that exist within VAILO to support and get the best out of its employees.  

The award recognises the positive values-driven culture that has been created at VAILO and the company’s recognition that diversity fuels innovation.  

VAILO’s culture is only matched by their employee benefits which include a fleet of Tesla’s, state-of-the art facilities, additional annual leave for employees over the festive season, and an industry-leading health and wellbeing program. 

The award comes after a year in which VAILO experienced its largest annual growth with the team growing from 10 to 30, and expansion of the company into the Eastern states. 

VAILO CEO and Founder Aaron Hickmann said the award validated VAILO’s focus on creating an engaged, productive, and healthy workforce who are given the license to innovate and take risks to be leaders in our field. 

“Empowering each member of the VAILO team and building a culture based on a set of shared values has paid dividends,” said Mr Hickmann.  

“Being listed by the AFR as one of Australia and New Zealand’s best places to work will help us attract new talent as VAILO expands nationally and internationally.” 

Founded in 2012, VAILO is an Australian advanced technology company with its core in ultra-high-performance LED lighting. VAILO is committed to accelerating disruptive and sustainable technologies and has transitioned from importer to manufacturer, exporting Australian designed and made LED lighting product with its flagship stadium light, the Zenith Gen-V. 

For more information, please contact Simon Hatcher at Hughes PR on 0419 780 071. 


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 ten industry lists, which were compiled from over 700 nominations.