IPAA Victoria

Leading Employer Award

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 along 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 should demonstrate and provide evidence of*:

  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 are now closed.

The Leading Employer Award is proudly sponsored by Fisher Leadership

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. If your project or initiative is still in its infancy and you don’t have any tangible evidence to support its nomination, you might want to consider applying in a subsequent year.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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