Awards to honour
As the nation focuses its attention on our political leaders, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia is asking the public to also take some time to consider the other leaders of government – the outstanding achievers within the Public Service.
The Institute set up the Leadership in Government Awards five years ago to celebrate the breadth of knowledge and experience in the Australian Public Service and to showcase exceptional accomplishment.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open, with applications closing on 1 October.
Chief Executive of the Institute, Lee White said it was important that people working in the Public Service nominated colleagues who they felt were worthy of recognition.
“Leaders in our Public Service make a really valuable contribution to the prosperity and stability of our nation,” Mr White said.
“We believe they should be publically recognised and rewarded – but we’re only going to find out about these great people through your nominations.”
There are two award categories: the Federal Government Leader of the Year Award, open to Senior Executive Service (SES) leaders in Band 3-4 who hold positions from Regional Director to Secretary; and the Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award, open to emerging leaders in SES Band 1-2 and Executive Level 2.
Nominations will be assessed against five main criteria: the ability to shape strategic thinking, cultivate productive working relationships, communicate with influence, achieve results and consistently exhibit personal drive and integrity.
“The judging criteria is rigorous, as it should be,” Mr White said.
“We’re looking for the very best achievers”.
He said as well as the recognition that went with being chosen for an award, winners would receive up to $40,000 to invest in leadership development.
The awards will be announced at a ceremony on the 7 November in the Great Hall in Parliament House and more information is available at this PS News link.
Edition 376, 27 August 2013