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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 411. Updated Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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Golden night for PS annual reports
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The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) has presented its 2013 Annual Report Awards.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, The National Health Performance Authority, Indigenous Business Australia, the ACT Government Land Development Agency and the ACT Government Health Directorate were all gold award winners.

Indigenous Business Australia, which was awarded gold in both the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 Annual Report Awards, won gold in both the hard-copy and online categories for Agencies operating under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies (CAC) Act this year.

The National Health Performance Authority also did exceptionally well with their first annual report, winning gold in the category for small Agencies covered by the Financial Management and Accountability (FMA) Act.

IPAA presents 2013 awards

President of IPAA ACT and Secretary of the Department of Industry, Glenys Beauchamp said of the 77 Agencies that registered for the event, 17 won one or more major awards for either their hard-copy or online 2012-13 annual report.

"The Annual Report Awards are one of IPAA's 'flagship' events, and epitomise what IPAA is here to do, which is to encourage excellence and good governance in the public sector," Ms Beauchamp said.

"The aim of the Awards is to promote better practice and improve the standard of reporting for the public sector's most important accountability document."

Ms Beauchamp said the Annual Report Awards were open to all Australian Government and ACT Government Agencies and bodies; and FMA Agencies, CAC bodies and ACT Government Agencies were judged in separate categories but against similar assessment criteria.

She said for the third consecutive year, the Australian Taxation Office received the Department Shield, an award for the agency that supplied the highest number of volunteer assessors.

The inaugural Assessor Cup (for the Agency that supplies the highest number of assessors as a proportion of the Agency's total staff) went to the National Blood Authority.

The full list of winners can be accessed at this PS News link.

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