Public sector leadership awards finalists announced

By David Donaldson

December 14, 2018

Medical cannabis and a World Heritage bid are among the policy areas represented among the finalists for this year’s IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 February 2019, and presented by IPAA Victoria President Kym Peake.

Now into its eleventh year, the IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards acknowledge the teams, partnerships and organisations that have made great achievements within the public sector. It covers all three levels of government.

“These awards are one of the few opportunities we have as a sector to acknowledge the accomplishments and importantly the people behind the triumphs who constantly strive for excellence,” said IPAA Victoria CEO David Ali.

The finalists, chosen by a panel of industry experts, are:

Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination

  • Budj Bim World Heritage Nomination Project (Department of Premier and Cabinet)
  • The Aboriginal Justice Caucus (Koori Justice Unit, Department of Justice and Regulation)

Communication Excellence

  • Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime (Victoria Police)
  • Deadly Questions (Department of Premier and Cabinet)
  • Eyewatch (Victoria Police)

Evidence-Based Policy

  • Medicinal cannabis industry development (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources)
  • Social impact investments pilot program (Department of Health and Human Services)
  • SafeScript — real-time prescription monitoring implementation (Department of Health and Human Services)

Human-Centred Service Delivery

  • My Name project (Department of Justice and Regulation)
  • Better Approvals project (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources)
  • Designing Melbourne’s high capacity metro trains (Transport for Victoria)

Innovative Regulation

  • Innovative regulation for emergency services telecommunications in Victoria (Inspector-General for Emergency Management)
  • Small business regulatory review (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources)
  • A fresh approach to regulation — new digital tool provides consistent risk assessment (Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation)

Leading Employer

  • Westernport Water
  • State Revenue Office Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services (Disability Employment Strategy 2018-2020)

Robust Governance

  • Enterprise Risk Management Framework (City of Greater Geelong)
  • Education State Board (Department of Education and Training)
  • Councillor Code of Conduct improvements (City of Melbourne)

Sustainable Communities and Environments

  • Wyndham Solar City (Wyndham City Council)
  • Urban Forest Fund (City of Melbourne)
  • Rooming House Upgrade Program — Elenara House (Department of Health and Human Services)

This year also features the biennial Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship, which offers a professional development program to a high-performing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person working in the public sector. The finalists include:

  • Bonnie Cavanagh (Victoria Police)
  • Kareena Gay (Emergency Management Victoria)
  • Curt Garwood (Magistrates Court Victoria)
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