A range of public servants have been acknowledged for their contributions to the community at IPAA Victoria’s annual Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.
The latest winners were revealed at a dinner held at ZINC Federation Square on Tuesday night. Now in its 12th year, the event recognises the organisations, teams and projects that have made outstanding achievements within the state’s public purpose sector.
In light of the devastating bushfires that have ravaged the state this summer, there has never been a better time to recognise the incredible work undertaken by the public sector, according to IPAA.
“From fighting the fires to coordinating the relief and recovery effort, our public purpose sector colleagues have worked tirelessly to help all those in need, and will continue this challenging and important work for as long as is needed. IPAA Victoria acknowledges their incredible work, and will support it in every way possible for as long as is needed,” it said.
See the full list of winners across eight categories below:
Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award — to the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Bendigo & District Aboriginal Cooperative, and the Department of Health and Human Services, North Division, for the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care Full Authorisation.
Through their connection to culture and understanding of what family means to Aboriginal people, Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs) have created safe, stable and lasting solutions to familial difficulties through the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care programs, IPAA said. Despite these programs being in their early stages, they have so far been successful, with ACCOs providing statutory child protection-like services, through a cultural and strengths-based lens that is creating lasting change for families.
Communication Excellence Award — the Department of Premier and Cabinet for Innovation Network.
The network is the only cross-government digital space in the state which is dedicated to driving innovation activity and collaboration to better serve Victorians, according to IPAA. The platform is accessible by all government employees, regardless of departmental internal IT systems. The network team develops and curates a “resource-rich platform that is focused on ways to embed and support practical innovation in government”.
Evidence-Based Policy Award – Infrastructure Victoria for its Automated and Zero Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Advice.
Infrastructure Victoria published evidence, analysis and advice on the infrastructure requirements for highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in 2018. Covering a range of topics — from transport and energy network modelling, to socioeconomic impacts and land use — this advice was the first of its kind to be published anywhere in the world.
Human-Centred Service Award – Moonee Valley City Council for Flemington Works.
Flemington Works is a community-led program supporting jobs and small business growth for residents of the Flemington Housing Estate. In just 19 months, the program has secured 96 paid employment placements. It has worked with residents to develop a co-designed approach which is based on more than job-matching, and has changed the council’s social procurement and recruitment processes. It has helped people rebuild their “hope, confidence and sense of self-worth and value”, through employment.
Innovative Regulation Award – Essential Services Commission for its Family Violence Assistance Program.
The commission has developed a family violence response for its regulated utility providers — a world-first for an economic regulator. Tasked by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence with ensuring that utility providers offer better support for customers affected by family violence and economic abuse, the commission brought together family violence survivors, experts and entities to contribute to an extensive engagement program.
Leading Employer Award – City of Whittlesea for People Strategy and Plan.
The growing City of Whittlesea has created the People Strategy and Plan, with goals and defined success across five areas; culture, leadership, enabling organisation, capability, and wellbeing. According to Whittlesea, this has delivered “real and important benefits” to the workforce, including investment in leadership capability at all levels, improvements in culture, and an organisational-wide focus on safety and wellbeing.
Robust Governance and Integrity Award -Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission for the establishment of an Aboriginal Representative Body to Advance Treaty Negotiations.
The Office of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner has worked with Aboriginal communities across the state to establish the “culturally strong, sustainable and effective” First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. This required protection and reinforcement of the independence of the commission’s work with Aboriginal communities while within a public sector frame. It also required the commission to demonstrate integrity and accountability to communities for the way their aspirations were translated into the design of the assembly. The work demonstrates the type of innovation that will be increasingly needed as Treaties negotiations progress and the reality of shared sovereignty is embedded into public administration.
Sustainable Communities and Environments Award – Yarra City Council for its Holistic Waste Management System.
South East Water partnered with Villawood Properties to deliver Aquarevo, a sustainable residential community. Each home at Aquarevo uses three types of water — drinking, recycled and rainwater — to showcase the possibilities of harnessing all sources of water available. Aquarevo is set to become Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential community, according to IPAA.