Prime Minister's Awards - 2016 Winners

IPAA ACT congratulates the winners of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Gold Australian Government, Australian Taxation Office | SuperStream Initiative
Silver New South Wales Government, Sydney Local Health District | Electronic Medication Management at Concord Hospital
Silver Tasmanian Government, Department of Education | Implementing Child and Family Centres in Tasmania
Commendation  Australian Government, Fair Work Ombudsman | Online Learning Centre
Commendation Australian Government, Department of Human Services | It's time to say enough – the DHS Family and Domestic Violence Strategy

Further information on the Gold and Silver winners, including judging comments, is available in the side-bar links. The 2016 Winners and Nominations booklet will be available on this page in the coming week.

Run annually by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT Division, the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards were presented by Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Awards ceremony was followed by an Opening Reception for IPAA ACT’s 2016 Conference: Public Service: Thinking Big.

Now in their 15th year, the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many areas of public service that make a difference, improve outcomes and services, cut red tape and champion leadership. They are designed to honour the achievements of public sector work groups, units and teams rather than individuals. There was no innovation award recognised this year, due in part to IPAA’s recent launch of the inaugural Public Sector Innovation Awards, in partnership with the Public Sector Innovation Network.

Nominations

21 nominations were received from across Australia including Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies, with particularly strong interest from the Commonwealth. Nominations covered a wide variety of areas including health, education, social services, the environment and employment. The award for the Tasmanian Department of Education is notable due to their Gold Award in 2015, resulting in two successive awards for the same department in a small jurisdiction. A full list of nominees can be accessed from the side-bar links.

Judges and Assessors

The Awards were assessed and short-listed by a team of assessors from across the public sector, several of whom were recognised on the night for their tenure as assessors. A panel of five judges, comprising former senior public servants and academics, then decided the winning entries. The team of five judges, all former senior public servants or academics, are:

  • Carmel McGregor PSM FIPAA – former Deputy Secretary at the Department of Defence and Deputy President of IPAA ACT
  • Andrew Metcalfe AO – former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and former IPAA ACT President
  • Ian McPhee AO PSM – former Auditor-General and former IPAA ACT President
  • Professor Mark Evans – head of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and IPAA ACT Council member, and
  • Ann Steward PSM – former Australian Government CIO and long term IPAA supporter.
Photos

A few select photos from the event are now available. To obtain copies, please contact the IPAA office.

Gold Award Winner - Australian Government, Australian Taxation Office

Silver Award Winner - NSW Government, Sydney Local Health District

Silver Award Winner - Tasmanian Government, Department of Education

Commendation - Australian Government, Department of Human Services

Commendation - Australian Government, Fair Work Ombudsman

Judging Panel - Ann Steward PSM, Professor Mark Evans, Ian McPhee AO PSM, Andrew Metcalfe AO, Carmel McGregor PSM, with host Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM


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