Staff from the Department of Human Services have received prestigious awards from one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies.
Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia acknowledged the achievements and efforts of four DHS staff members at a presentation ceremony at the Department’s Caroline Chisholm Centre in Canberra earlier this month.
Secretary of the Department, Kathryn Campbell accepted the Recognised Employer Partner certificate for the Department’s strong continuing commitment to learning and development for staff and Deputy Secretary Malisa Golightly received an ACT Division President’s award for excellence for her outstanding service to the area of public sector Accounting and Management.
The Department’s Chief Financial Officer Darren Box was presented with a Fellow CPA (FCPA) certificate, the highest level of membership awarded to those with 15 years’ membership with more than five years in a leadership role; and Dallas Richardson from the Chief Financial Officer Division received an award from the University of New England, sponsored by CPA Australia, for finishing in the top five per cent of one of the subjects completed at university.
Ms Campbell said, “CPA Australia has a membership of more than 139,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe and is dedicated to excellence in education and training, so these awards are significant for us.
“The Department of Human Services is one of the largest agencies in the Australian Government, responsible for delivering a range of services, payments and programs that touch the lives of almost all Australians.”
She said that last financial year alone, the Department made payments of $144.7 billion.
“Given the importance of our role in government service delivery, we actively support and encourage our accounting-based staff to enhance their skills and learn from others through regular networking opportunities,” Ms Campbell said.
Edition 336F, 26 October 2012