IPAA Victoria

Leading Employer Award

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Leading Employer Award

Creating the public sector workforces and workplaces of the future

In an ever-changing world, the public sector employer has an eye to the future; cultivating and attracting a highly capable workforce to respond effectively to new challenges. This award recognises that the leading public sector employer takes an innovative and holistic approach to its people: from creating a positive culture to strong leadership; from smart recruitment practices to developing employee capabilities; from rewarding and recognising success to creating robust and flexible systems; and from embracing new and digital technologies to creating safe, welcoming and supportive workplaces.

Nominations in this category are for the whole organisation (i.e. not a stand alone initiative/project/etc). In responding, you may wish to highlight a specific initiative or initiatives and how it/they supports and/or relates to a whole-of-organisation workforce and workplace response/strategy.


Nominations will be judged against each of the specified criteria. Suitable evidence is required against each criteria for the judging panel to determine a score. Where a criteria is deemed to be not met as a result of no evidence being provided, a score against that criteria will not be recorded. Each and all nominations are to be evaluated against all criteria:*

  1. A future-oriented and innovative approach relative to the organisation size and its core business

  2. A clear strategic direction with strong leadership and vision

  3. Supporting staff to grow, develop capability and contribute to the strategic objectives of the organisation

  4. A positive culture with engaged employees (including accountability/transparency, inclusivity, rewards) 

  5. Systems and processes for a safe and welcoming workplace (including OHS, recruitment, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, reporting)

  6. Embraces new technology and digital approaches, enabling employees to work efficiently and effectively

  7. Addresses evaluation design, measuring impact and outcomes (if available, provide evidence of effective implementation) 

*Nominations in this category are for the whole organisation. In responding, you may wish to highlight a specific initiative(s) and how it supports and/or relates to a whole-of-organisation workforce and workplace response/strategy.

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. You should provide evidence that the project or initiative has been substantially developed and delivered.

  2. Nominations should provide evidence of the actual impact the project or initiative has had. If there is little evidence of such, include as substantial an idea as possible of the anticipated impact.

  3. The nominee doesn’t necessarily need to provide evidence of their direct involvement in the project or initiative.

  4. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  5. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  6. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  7. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  8. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.