Victorian public servants recognised for ‘extraordinary’ leadership

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday April 21, 2021

IPAA Victoria president and DELWP secretary John Bradley at the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.

The hardworking teams from the Victorian government’s departments and agencies have been recognised for their efforts during 2020 at the Institute of Public Administration Australia Victoria’s annual Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

The in-person and virtual award ceremony, held in Melbourne on Tuesday evening, saw public servants come together to celebrate the government projects and initiatives which addressed challenges such as the Black Summer bushfires, COVID-19, and other ongoing issues in 2020.

IPAA Victoria president and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning secretary John Bradley noted that there was “no back office” in the public purpose sector last year, with the entire workforce playing a part to ensure that the Victorian community continued to receive services.

“Public servants went beyond the call again and again, often without appropriate or fair public recognition of exactly what was being achieved as we managed working from home, as we managed homeschooling, we managed living alone. And we also managed to somehow look after each other,” he said.

“So thank you to everybody in this room that helped to support the Victorian community through its toughest times, but there could be no better night for us to celebrate excellence and shine a light on the public purpose teams that broke the mould in 2020 to deliver for the Victorian community.”

The theme of the awards was The Everyday. The Extraordinary. IPAA Victoria acting chief executive officer Karina Posanzini said this acknowledged that what the public purpose sector does every day is extraordinary, and never more so than throughout 2020.

“The Leadership in the Public Sector Awards honours the energy, expertise, and dedication of teams and organisations working in, and with, the Victorian public purpose sector,” she said.

“I congratulate all the award winners and finalists on their achievements and which will benefit Victorians for years to come.”

The latest Leadership in the Public Sector Award Winners are:

  • Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award — Bushfire Recovery Victoria, for its Aboriginal Culture and Healing Recovery Program.
  • Communication Excellence Award — Department of Premier and Cabinet, for its Family Violence Reform Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023.
  • Emergency Management Award — Department of Health and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, for their Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Evidence-Based Policy Award — Department of Education and Training, for its Supporting Student Cohorts Affected by Family Violence Initiative.
  • Human-Centred Service Delivery Award — Ambulance Victoria, for TelePROMPT.
  • Innovative Regulation Award — Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Solar Victoria, for its Solar Homes Assurance Framework.
  • Leading Employer Award — State Revenue Office Victoria, for its State Revenue Office Victoria Leading Employer Initiative.
  • Sustainable Communities and Environments Award — Sustainability Victoria, for its Community Power Hubs Pilot Program.

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