On 19 February, the annual IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards ceremony was held in Melbourne at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.
In an exciting night, more than 300 people joined in to celebrate and congratulate their peers, who were recognised for innovative and inspiring public programs, initiatives and services.
Now in their 11th year, the Awards have grown in reputation, with this year’s Awards attracting over 90 nominees across 8 categories. Brand new awards include the fields of innovative regulation, robust governance, leading employers and recognising initiatives that advance Aboriginal self-determination.
This year’s awards also featured the biennial Young Indigenous Leaders Scholarship, offering a professional development program to a high-performing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The JA Aird Award was also presented to the student who receives the highest score in the Public Policy subject at the University of Melbourne.
"These Awards recognise the inspirational leaders, on all levels, who inspire and build the reputation of our public sector. I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists who have demonstrated such success within the Victorian public sector.” - David Ali, Chief Executive Officer of IPAA Victoria
The awards winners are:
Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award Department of Premier and Cabinet (VIC) for Budj Bim World Heritage Nomination Project Aboriginal Justice Caucus for Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja - The Aboriginal Justice Agreement Phase 4 project
Communication Excellence Award Department of Premier and Cabinet for Deadly Questions
Evidence-Based Policy Award Department of Health and Human Services (VIC) for SafeScript: Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Implementation
Human-Centred Service Delivery Award Transport for Victoria for Designing Melbourne’s High Capacity Metro Trains
Innovative Regulation Award Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for A fresh approach to regulation - New digital tool provides consistent risk assessment
Leading Employer Award Westernport Water
Robust Governance Award Department of Education and Training for Education State Board
Sustainable Communities and Environments Award Wyndham City Council for Wyndham Solar City
Young Indigenous Leaders Scholarship Bonnie Cavanagh (Victoria Police)
JA Aird Award Wai Huen (Charlotte) Choi