Looking for leaders
Nominations are now open for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia’s fifth annual Leadership in Government Awards.
Australia’s Public Service leaders will gather in the Great Hall in Parliament House on 7 November for the Institute awards, which were founded in 2009 to recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the APS.
Institute Chief Executive, Lee White said the awards formally recognised the exceptional leadership that was often taken for granted in the Public Service.
“There’s a lot of focus on the politics of government, but perhaps not so much on what’s going on behind the scenes,'' he said..
“There are thousands of talented men and women working for the Public Service, doing a really important job for the country. We wanted to recognise that by showcasing and rewarding the very best achievers.”
Since the awards began, seven senior Public Servants have been honoured with either the Federal Government Leader of the Year Award or the Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award.
As well as the recognition that comes with being selected, the winner of the Leader of the Year Award will receive $40,000 to invest in a leadership development sabbatical while the Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award winner will receive $20,000 to invest in a sabbatical.
Past winners include:
Michael D’Ascenzo AO, former Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register – Australian Tax Office;
Dr Jeff Harmer, former Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs;
Anthony Field, Chief Legal Officer in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs;
Lisa Paul, Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations;
Stephen Sheehan, CFO, Financial Strategy and Services Division in the Department of Citizenship
Andrew Metcalfe, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and former Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Dr Wendy Southern, Deputy Secretary, Policy and Program Management Group in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
This year’s awards will be chosen by an expert panel of eight judges, from nominations made by Public Service employees.
Mr White urged everyone working within the Public Service to nominate outstanding candidates for the awards.
“We want to identify the best leaders in the Public Service,'' he said
People who, through their work, the way they build relationships and their ability to think strategically have made a real impact.
“So if you know of someone in the Public Service who you think is worthy of recognition, please take the time to make a nomination.”
Nomination forms, as well as judging criteria, can be found at www.leadershipingovernment.com.au with applications closing on the 1 October.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013