Public Service Medals recognise nation’s top bureaucrats


The first awards ceremony of the year has seen 52 public servants across Australia receive medals for their hard work and dedication to their communities.

The PSM recognises outstanding service, whether through innovation, leadership, achievement, or excellent service delivery. More than half of the bureaucrats awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List were women.

See also: Public servants acknowledged in 2020 Australia Day Honours

See the full list of PSM recipients below.

Federal

Nguyen Thi Thanh An, for outstanding public service in fostering the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship in agricultural research.

Since 2007, An has overseen an extensive program of research collaboration between Australia and Vietnam, and has helped cement the Australia-Vietnam relationship by effective cross-cultural communication.

“Her leadership and innovation as a specialist in stakeholder management, building relationships with high levels of government has led to the development of a 10 year strategy of collaboration between Vietnam and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.”

Karen Jacqueline Binnekamp, for outstanding public service to health, particularly through improvements to listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and subsidy of breakthrough medical treatments.

Binnekamp has worked with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee to ensure Australians can access affordable options in medical treatment. She also led a team that developed a unique package of payment and risk sharing that reduced the upfront cost of Car-T cell therapy, the first cancer treatment of its kind in Australia.

Penny Damianakis, for outstanding public service through leading the provision of Centrelink services to vulnerable customers and refugee communities.

Damianakis is an innovator in face-to-face customer service delivery in Centrelink and Medicare Centres. She is committed to transforming the way services are delivered for individuals experiencing vulnerability.

“Through a deep understanding of her customer base and the support available, she has been an advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse communities … Her direct collaboration with refugee agencies resulted in the development and implementation of policy supporting the specific need of migrants and refugees, encouraging their independence and productive participation and social integration into the community.”

Michael James Druce, for outstanding public service to nuclear medicine production.

Druce has led critical improvements to the large production of radioisotopes for medical imaging for over 40 years. His scientific skills, innovation and business management has transformed Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s ability to supply nuclear medicine products, resulting in Australia becoming one of the top four global distributors in the world.

David Roland Fredericks, for outstanding public service through supporting the Government in achieving fiscal and budget policy objectives, and significant reforms in the Attorney-General’s Department.

Fredericks has a deep understanding of the fiscal environment and the challenges associated with managing the national economy. He led a number of reforms during his service in the AGD, including reform of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Services and important administrative reforms to the federal courts, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Australian Government Solicitor. In the Department of Finance, he has driven the department’s transformation program as well as enhancements to the framework for managing the Budget process.

Associate Professor Matthew Roland Hill, for outstanding public service to materials development for industry and the Australian Defence Force.

Hill is an internationally recognised expert in design, synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials. He leads a multi-disciplinary team which has been instrumental in both the discovery and development of materials known as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). He has led a project developing MOFs to deliver broad spectrum protection for Defence personnel against toxic gases. His research places Australia at the forefront of technologies for toxic industrial chemicals respiratory protection.

“His dedication to training others in STEM forms a pivotal aspect of his service. Associate Professor Hill’s service to the scientific community nationally and internationally, and to the improvement of Australia’s Defence capability, is most noteworthy.”

Dr Dale Austin Lambert, for outstanding public service in the use of artificial intelligence in surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, intelligence and autonomous platforms.

Lambert is a world-leading scientist in high-level information fusion. His work has been instrumental in the formulation of the Cyber Influence and Data Analytics program as part of the Cyber 2020 Vision strategic document. He has led research programs, made innovative contributions with his conceptual framework for high-level fusion processes, and designed the CONSENSUS artificial intelligence (AI) architecture, one of the world’s most comprehensive AI frameworks.

“During his 27 year career in Defence science, he has been a visionary leader in driving AI and analysis capabilities.”

Dr Adam Lewis, for outstanding public service through the application of geospatial information.

Lewis’ vision and leadership has transformed the way spatial data is organised, prepared and analysed, leading to changes in the way images are recorded by satellites in Australia. Since 2004 he has transformed Geoscience Australia’s earth and marine observation function into a globally recognised capability. He has been key to the design and development of Digital Earth Australia — technology which provides the government with the data to monitor the environment and increase productivity in the agricultural and mining industries. He also helped create the Open Data Cube, a global initiative which increases the value and use of satellite data, providing users with free access to technology and analysis platforms.

Helen Maree McDevitt, for outstanding public service through social policy innovation to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians, particularly young persons and people with a disability.

McDevitt has been key to the policy, design and implementation of the NDIS. She was critical to achieving the transitional and full scheme agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, and  has contributed to significant developments in health policy, as well as reforms to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.

“She has a passion for improving the NDIS and the lives of people with a disability. She inspires those around her to deliver scheme policy, often under critical timeframes, and in a challenging political environment.”

Mark Patrick O’Connell, for outstanding public service through leading engagement with communities affected by PFAS contamination from legacy Defence firefighting activities.

O’Connell has led engagement with communities impacted by Per- and PolyFluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination. He has helped shape the whole-of-government policy response to contamination concerns, and has been key in the development of the Defence’s national PFAS Investigation and Management program. He also led the development of a support strategy that addressed the mental health and wellbeing of affected communities.

“He has been the human link between the community and Defence, advocating for the local community and assisting residents to access existing government support programs. His genuine interest and concern for the welfare of residents has been key to ensuring Defence’s relationship with community members remained collaborative and constructive and maintained the reputation of Defence.”

Nico Padovan, for outstanding public service in program and policy delivery, including supporting the recovery and reconstruction of the livestock industry in North Queensland.

Padovan has served in the APS for more than 19 years, after 16 years of military service. His many roles have centred on policy development, business transformation and program delivery. In the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, he was responsible for national biosecurity and quarantine operations. At the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, he led the recovery and reconstruction of the area after the 2019 monsoonal rain event that devastated North Queensland.

Julie Anne Roberts, for outstanding public service through exceptional delivery of executive support services to the national security community.

Roberts has provided high quality executive support to senior public servants throughout her career of over 30 years. She is a consummate professional with personal integrity, drive and commitment of the highest standards.

“She has shown versatility, traversing different organisational cultures including foreign affairs, defence, intelligence and security, harnessing the National Intelligence Community to its best effect.”

Dr Albin Frank Smrdel, for outstanding public service in reforming the corporate arrangements of the federal courts, and structural reform for the Australian family courts system.

Smrdel has been committed to the long term reform of the operation of the federal courts, including family courts, using his broad experience to create optimal policy options and collaborative partnerships with the courts. He helped develop innovative approaches to structural reform aimed at improving court efficiency in the family law jurisdiction. The reforms have delivered more efficient allocation of Commonwealth resources while maintaining the quality of the service provided by the federal courts. Importantly, the reforms are supported by the courts, government, legal practitioners and families.

Mr Robert Sturgiss, for outstanding public service through the development of a world class inventory for greenhouse gases, and to accurate measuring and reporting of emissions for Australian companies.

Sturgiss has been dedicated to the development of systems that support the accurate measurement and reporting of greenhouse gases in Australia, and globally, through the creation of an inventory system. His inventory is foundational to the international transparency of efforts to track emissions, and address climate change. He has personally driven sustained partnerships with organisations such as CSIRO and Geoscience Australia to find faster, more accurate ways to process greenhouse gas data into useful information.

Mr Damian John Voltz, for outstanding public service through efforts to protect Australian sport from the threat of match-fixing, corruption and criminal exploitation.

Voltz is an internationally recognised authority on the development of initiatives and capability to ensure sport is protected from the threat of match-fixing, corruption and criminal exploitation. He was central to the creation of the Sports Betting Integrity Unit within the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and has provided key advice to the Wood’s Review of Sports Integrity Arrangements. He has delivered sports integrity initiatives in developing countries and his work to understand the threats to Australian sports by serious and organised crime has resulted in numerous policy interventions.

Lesley Watson, for outstanding public service through contributions to agency organisation and functioning, and to Australia’s national security.

Watson has has helped to improve the performance and functioning of organisations contributing to national security, and to advancing the safety and well-being of staff serving overseas. Her work developing related policy and guidelines has meaningfully improved agency integrity, and governance.

“Throughout Ms Watson’s career in the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, she has displayed the highest levels of integrity, professionalism and dedication to the public interest.”

New South Wales

Christopher Mark Beatson, for outstanding public service to the New South Wales Police Force.

Since joining PoliceLink Command in 2001, Beatson has reformed the way NSW Police address emergency calls. His innovative approach saw the expansion of the Command from a single business unit taking 520,000 telephone reports of minor crime in 2000-2001, to 10 business units responding to 1.495 million telephone reports and digital contacts in 2018-2019. He also implemented the NSW Police Force Community Portal, which has allowed the community to report incidents online.

Wilma Falcone, for outstanding public service to the social housing sector in New South Wales.

Falcone has dedicated her career to helping vulnerable groups. In 2016 she was appointed Director of the Social Housing Strategy Implementation Unit, and has been instrumental in the delivery of the Future Directions for Social Housing, a 10 year program to drive better outcomes for social housing tenants. Within the last year she has successfully led the transfer of tenancy management of approximately 14,000 properties across seven locations, to nine community housing providers. She is also driving the tenant relocation program for multiple Communities Plus projects, enabling the delivery of up to 23,000 new and replacement social housing dwellings and up to 40,000 private dwellings.

Mark David Grant, for outstanding public service to education in NSW.

Grant has displayed dedication and passion for improving outcomes for all members of NSW’s school communities. Having served as a teacher, Principal, Executive Director, and the current Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, he has implemented significant educational reforms to the benefit of NSW Department of Education and public schools across the state.

“Mr Grant’s leadership promotes trust in his teams and their stakeholder relationships and he consistently promotes and maintains high standards. His attention to detail in program planning, communication, governance, marketing, procurement and project management has greatly assisted the NSW Department of Education to meet its strategic goals.”

Pippinella Wheatcroft Job, for outstanding public service to drought affected communities in NSW.

Job has shown commitment, service and compassion to the rural sector of NSW in a career spanning two decades. As the 2018 NSW Drought Coordinator, she was a critical conduit for the NSW government to reach and support drought affected individuals and communities. She personally visited hundreds of households and initiated community forums across remote parts of the state within a seven month period, providing a voice to those impacted by the drought. Her work saw the establishment of drought support programs and packages at unprecedented levels. She has been an advocate for financial and mental health literacy, and has made significant contributions to developing and embedding programs that promote rural and community resilience.

Ronald Fredrick Kemsley, for outstanding public service to environmental rehabilitation in the Kempsey Shire.

Since joining the Kempsey Shire Council in 2000, Kemsley has worked in the restoration and enhancement of Kempsey’s aquatic ecosystems, and addressed environmental issues. He is well respected for his diligence, expert knowledge, extensive skills, and endless determination that he brings to his varied projects.

Annette Elizabeth Moehead, for outstanding public service to mental health care of aged persons in NSW.

Specialising in the nursing of dementia and psychogeriatrics for more than 30 years, Moehead is regarded locally and nationally as a leader, mentor and expert in dementia and delirium care. She established the first dementia day care service outside the metropolitan area, and has also been a major influencer in the development of the NSW Dementia Action Plan. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of delirium care as a National Standard.

“An outstanding and innovative influence in the psychogeriatrics sector, she has placed great emphasis on the recognition, assessment and management of cognitive disorders at a state and national level.”

Dr Victor Hutton Oddy, for outstanding public service to the primary industry sector, and to science, in NSW.

Dr Oddy has dedicated his career to research and development in nutrition, animal physiology and mitigation of greenhouse gases by livestock for more than 40 years with the NSW government. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed scientific journal papers, and well over 100 conference papers and industry reports regularly cited by scientists all over the world. Notably, he introduced the system for calculating feed requirements now used for drought feeding of livestock throughout Australia. In 2015 he was promoted to Senior Principal Research Scientist.

“He continues to make real impacts for the livestock industry, particularly in the areas of animal growth, efficiency, nutrition and methane production.”

Donna Osland, for outstanding public service to public programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Osland has displayed exemplary leadership and customer service in her roles at the Royal Botanic Gardens for more than 23 years. She has developed and managed the significant growth of the volunteer programs at the Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah botanic gardens and at Centennial Parklands. Notably, she coordinated the activities for the 30 Year Anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Volunteer Guides in 2011, and in 2016, the development and publication with the volunteer guides, a book of guided walks for the 200th Anniversary of the Gardens.

Raymond John Smith, for outstanding public service to local government in NSW.

Commencing his service at Baulkham Hills Council in 1971, Smith developed a passion for local government which saw him contribute to the Councils of Hornsby Shire, Penrith City, Waverley, Grafton City, and Cobar Shire. In 2010, he commenced as General Manager at Bland Shire Council and developed and led multidisciplinary teams to ensure a renewed focus on strategic planning and budgeting trends to secure the future stability of the council.

“His drive, determination and leadership, coupled with his passion and creativity, has made him an outstanding public servant and General Manager.”

Vicki Telfer, for outstanding public service to industrial relations policy and reform in NSW.

Telfer has been instrumental in the evolution and sustainability of industrial relations policy and reform across the state for over 20 years. She played a critical role navigating some of NSW’s most public industrial matters, ensuring mutually beneficial arrangements were achieved. At NSW Treasury she drove the establishment of a flexible working environment across NSW Treasury.

Katherine Ruth Tollner, for the outstanding public service to people with a disability in NSW.

Following the closure of one of Orange’s largest employers in 2014, many of the local disability community faced unemployment. Tollner established a partnership between the National Disability Service’s BuyAbility program and the Department of Industry. The department contracted services to disability enterprises, registered under the program, to provide commercial office cleaning, data entry, printing and business stationary, scanning, secure document destruction and grounds maintenance. The agreement is now valued at approximately $12 million, and employs more than 200 workers and additional support staff across the state.

“The program’s innovative approach to increasing work participation for people with a disability, and capacity to provide disability enterprises with sustainable longterm revenue streams, is most notable.”

Victoria

Professor Stephen Moile Cordner, for outstanding public service to forensic medical and scientific services, training and research in Victoria.

As inaugural Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Cordner led Australia’s largest Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) response following the devastating 2009 Victorian bushfires. Additionally, he has overseen the deployment of VIFM teams to the Netherlands for the DVI response to the crash of MH17 in Ukraine, and to other events in New Guinea, Indonesia, Congo and various Pacific countries. He has undertaken multiple missions across the globe, including to the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Liberia.

Shelagh Elizabeth Donegan-Bragg, for outstanding public service to education, and to people with a disability, in Victoria.

Donegan-Bragg has shown significant leadership over the past 15 years as Principal of the Sale and District Specialist School in Victoria.

“Her vision, and now legacy of creating a purpose-built educational facility for students with a disability has created an environment for all students to achieve better outcomes and has strengthened the sense of pride and inclusion within the community.”

Noelene Duff, for outstanding public service to local government in Victoria.

Duff has made a long and distinguished contribution to local government in Victoria and her extensive experience and policy influence has been regularly called upon, including as Vice President of the International City Managers Association. She has also been a strong and influential advocate of gender equality in local government and is a mentor and coach to many emerging women leaders.

Christine Michelle Ferguson, for outstanding public service to policy and program delivery in Victoria.

Ferguson has made a significant contribution to the public sector across a range of portfolios in regional Victoria during a career spanning more than 20 years. She is recognised for her ability to cut through complex cross portfolio issues and deliver outcomes for communities, particularly in the Grampians region.

Reegan Odette Key, for outstanding public service to emergency management systems in Victoria.

Key has initiated and led improvements in emergency management within the Victorian community, particularly in the aftermath of the 2009 bushfires. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the VicEmergency channels, a world-leading initiative that has had a significant positive impact on the way the community receives emergency information.

Gabrielle Hedwig Levine, for outstanding public service to community safety projects in Victoria.

Levine has been instrumental in leading a number of high profile projects on behalf of the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety. This has included leading the implementation of the first Youth Justice Multi-Agency Panel which has resulted in increased collaboration in managing young people at risk of reoffending.

“Her strong leadership and engagement has led to many positive outcomes for adults and young people who have had dealings with the justice system.”

Dr James Richard Pearson, for outstanding public service to forensic science, particularly to chemistry, in Victoria.

Pearson has led research, development and innovation across a variety of forensic disciplines in order to optimise forensic support to Victoria Police. At a national level he has raised the capability of forensic laboratories in all jurisdictions, training others in a range of techniques and methods. He has also been a role model and mentor to emerging forensic scientists and has dedicated his skills and experience to a range of professional organisations.

Janine Louise Toomey, for outstanding public service to policy design and service delivery in Victoria.

Toomey has dedicated her career to supporting and facilitating self-determination for people with disability most recently in her role as Executive Director, Community Services Operations in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She has been instrumental in leading the co-design of individualised support approaches within Victoria, as well as the transition of services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the transfer of government services to community service providers.

Australian Capital Territory

George Abram Cilliers, for outstanding public service to planning and development in the ACT.

With more than 30 years experience in planning, Cilliers has led a major reform to the way development assessments are undertaken. He helped introduce a module approach to assessment, which includes initial triaging, allocation of the right resources to the task, and consideration of feedback from citizens and proponents. His approach to these reforms has been commended by both industry and community stakeholders.

“Additionally, he is well respected by his staff, the development community, and the people of Canberra. Mr Cilliers has a focus on delivering high quality buildings and spaces, and works with industry to promote, create and approve high quality buildings within the ACT.”

John Desmond Purcell, for outstanding public service to federal financial relations, and to the development of self-government in the ACT.

Purcell was involved in realising self-government for the ACT in 1988, and has since worked to ensure the continued success of the self-government model. Since 1997 he has led the Federal Financial Relations team within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. He has been a strong advocate for Australia’s system of horizontal fiscal equalisation, which ensures each state and territory government has the fiscal capacity to provide the same standard of services and infrastructure to its citizens. He has also made a significant contribution to wider policy development at the national level, within the federal financial relations framework.

“He is a strong leader and mentor, who has shaped the careers of many professionals who have worked with him.”

Queensland

Colin Brian Cassidy, for outstanding public service to economic development, corporate services and town planning in Queensland.

Cassidy’s town planning career began in 1981. In local and state government roles, he has undertaken statutory land use planning functions, and led the development and implementation of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (QLD). In 2015 he drove the development and implementation of 10 year strategies to support the development of a number of priority industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, defence industries, aerospace, mining equipment, technology and services, and biomedical and bioindustrial technology.

Clare Frances Douglas, for outstanding public service to health administration in Queensland.

Douglas was appointed Chief Executive of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health
Service (CHHHS) in June 2016, during a significant period of change. Since that time she has built strong relationships across the CHHHS area.

“She has strengthened and improved service delivery in regional and rural communities, introduced new services, and continued to improve the financial position of the CHHHS.”

Maureen Elaine Ervine, for outstanding public service to Indigenous families and communities in Queensland.

Since the 1980s, Ervine has shown exceptional service to child protection, and passionate advocacy for vulnerable families, particularly Aboriginal families and communities. As a Goomeroi (aka Kamileroi) woman she keeps culture at the centre of practice, extending support to her colleagues and building cultural capacity. She has been instrumental in Central Queensland through extending the Framework for Practice and addressing inherent racism through Working With and Across Difference. She holds a valued position on the Department’s First Nations Council and Workforce Subcommittee where she provides consultation, analysis and advice on a range of matters affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and staff.

“She is highly regarded for her exemplary practice wisdom which embodies decades of compassion, strength, resilience and expertise, working to support families.”

Julie Etchells, for outstanding public service to children and families in Queensland.

Etchells has supported positive outcomes for children and families across multiple areas of the state, including overseeing service delivery in rural and remote areas, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Since 1999 she has been assisting abused and neglected children, victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, children with a disability, and families in need. In her current role she is responsible for broader regional placement systems, investment and procurement of services to provide targeted secondary intervention services, working with local elders and community groups, and leading operational service centre managers across the West Moreton District of the South West Region.

Helen Francis Ferguson, for outstanding public service to social policy development and implementation in Queensland.

Since 2015 Ferguson has worked tirelessly in ensuring the success of the NDIS for clients living with a disability. She has negotiated with the Commonwealth government to resolve mainstream interface issues such as transport, personal care in schools, child protection, justice and corrections, community visitors, health and mental health and housing and specialist disability accommodation. She has also contributed on the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and the NDIS Act and Rule amendments and the National Disability Strategy.

Michael Dermot Parker, for outstanding public service to local government administration in Queensland.

Parker has held various roles in the state government and in small remote councils across Queensland. He has progressed a range of initiatives in challenged communities over many years including critical infrastructure upgrades and much needed community development programs. Often these outcomes have been achieved with minimal support. Parker’s leadership qualities are most evident in the transformation of Barcoo Shire Council, where he led, developed and challenged the council workforce to re-design more efficient processes across many of council’s operations.

“His commitment to empowering his teams and developing their potential, especially for Indigenous staff members is well known and highly regarded and he has always sought to provide service excellence in every aspect of council business.”

Janelle Sue Thurlby, for outstanding public service to financial management and planning in Queensland.

Thurlby joined the Queensland Public Service in 1978. For more than 20 years she has been a dedicated officer of Queensland Treasury. In many roles she has led whole-of-government programs focused on service innovation and reform, working across the public sector and with the non-government sector to deliver on government priorities. As Assistant Under Treasurer her responsibilities span a wide range of portfolios including health, education and justice.

“She possesses an exhaustive knowledge of policy, program and service delivery in these areas, and her advice to the Treasurer and Cabinet is second to none. Her briefings to government are always balanced, evidence-based and outcomes focused.”

Western Australia

Pauline Bagdonavicius, for outstanding public service, particularly through advocacy roles in WA.

Bagdonavicius has served in the WA public sector for more than 40 years. A former nurse and social worker, she has held a number of senior roles in the former Departments for Child Protection, Community Development, Family and Children’s Services, and the Attorney General. She is recognised for her leadership in addressing the issues of elder abuse, both in WA and nationally.

“She has moved beyond simply fulfilling the statutory requirements of her role as Public Advocate and is now a strong voice for ensuring the rights of adults with decision-making disability are acknowledged and represented in the development of legislation, policy and services.”

Noelene Rae Jennings, for outstanding public service, particularly to local government in WA.

Jennings has been committed to serving communities through her work in both state and local government for more than three decades, including at the former Department for Planning and Infrastructure, State Emergency Management Committee, and Cities of Perth and Wanneroo. In her current role as Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance at Wanneroo, she is recognised for maintaining high levels of personal and organisational integrity.

“She takes every opportunity to promote best practice across the local government sector and her work in business excellence and continuous improvement has inspired colleagues and peers to look for new ways to improve service delivery to the community.”

Lee Musumeci, for outstanding public service to early childhood education in WA.

Musumeci has provided dedicated service to improving education opportunities for children in WA, especially for students of disadvantage in her community. As Principal of Challis Community Primary School since 2003, she has been recognised for her visionary leadership in early childhood education and the innovative programs she has established. Her programs have been rolled out in 21 vulnerable communities across the state to support young children and their families before they start school. She has also established an Aboriginal girls’ program and has gained funding from a range of public and private sources to expand the work of the school into the community.

South Australia

Jan Marie Cornish, for outstanding public service to asset management in local government in South Australia.

In her 21 years of service at the City of Charles Sturt , Cornish has led the organisation through times of political adversity, internal and external cultural change, and increasingly complex community expectations. She led the development of one of SA’s most vital Local Government Asset Planning programs which has provided the City of Charles Sturt with a fit-for-purpose, core infrastructure, and state of the art community-based sporting facilities. Since her appointment to her current role in 2011, she has delivered over $360m of capital asset projects across the City.

Professor Edward Tuckseng Mah, for outstanding public service to public health in South Australia.

Mah has worked tirelessly in orthopaedics to improve health outcomes for SA for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Head of Orthopaedics at North Adelaide Local Health Network for the SA Department of Health. He played a leading role in the establishment of orthopaedic service in what is now known as the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. He has served as the international President of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, and also founded the Clinical Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship program in Adelaide in 2001.

“He has demonstrated exemplary leadership and devotion to orthopaedic education, training and patient services … Professor Mah has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the delivery of health care for South Australians.”

Deborah Ann Pearce, for outstanding public service to people with a disability, and to SA Police.

Pearce has targeted employment opportunities for people with a disability in the law enforcement sector in SA. She has led the Business Support Unit in the Southern District of the SA Police since 1999. In this role, she manages the buildings, facilities, infrastructure and staffing of administrative support across four major Police patrol bases. She has also provided training and employment opportunities to more than 160 people with disabilities from marginalised and Indigenous communities, as well as those who are long term unemployed or have mental health issues. She was also heavily involved in writing the SA Police Disability and Inclusion Plan in 2018.

“She consistently goes above and beyond her roles and responsibilities to improve systems and processes, to enhance efficiencies and provide opportunities.”

Northern Territory

Kenneth Lindsay Davies, for outstanding public service to children and families in the Northern Territory.

Davies began his public service career as a teacher in the Northern Territory in 1978. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Territory Families since 2016. One of his achievements has been leading the Northern Territory’s response to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. He also led the Children and Families Standing Committee of COORD, which provides advice to Cabinet and the Children’s Sub-committee of Cabinet on policies and projects aimed at improving the child protection and youth justice facilities in Darwin and Alice Springs. He has worked with Aboriginal organisations to reform old systems and approaches with the objective of improving long term child, family and community outcomes.

Gregory John Shanahan, for outstanding public service to the justice system in the Northern Territory.

Shanahan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Justice in 2006, and is the longest serving Chief Executive in the Northern Territory Public Service. He helped deliver the New Era in Corrections initiative, and led the development of a whole-of-government Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy. He launched the Justice Matters Strategic Plan 2017-2020, and has championed the development of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement in conjunction with Aboriginal communities. Other achievements include alcohol harm minimisation programs, cross-border justice initiatives, and the introduction of technical and non-technical systems to maximise efficiency and outcomes.

There were no PSMs awarded in the Tasmanian division in this round.

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