Victorian public servants celebrated for ‘extraordinary’ service during COVID-19 pandemic

By Melissa Coade

Monday May 2, 2022

Award recipient Vivienne Nguyen AM. (Supplied)

The 2022 Public Sector Women Awards have recognised established and emerging leaders across Victoria’s government departments and agencies during an ‘unprecedented’ period of challenges as the community dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The awards were conferred by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria at an event at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday evening. 

A total of 80 Victorian public servants were honoured across two categories for the award ceremony as ‘COVID-19 heroes’. The awardees include Victorian Multicultural Commission Chair Viv Nguyen, Commissioner & State Controller for COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria Emma Cassar, Court Services Victoria’s CEO Louise Anderson, and Department of Education and Training executive director (operational policy, school engagement and compliance division) Elly Gay. 

IPAA Victoria CEO Nina Cullen issued a statement congratulating the award recipients for their exceptional public sector leadership during the pandemic. 

“Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has demanded that we change the way we work as teams and operate as organisations,” Cullen said. 

“It’s a pleasure to recognise some of the incredibly talented women who work in Victoria’s public sector.”

Of the 80 women recognised with an award across local and state government, common themes to their public service included ‘stepping in and stepping up during the pandemic’, and playing a leading role adapting and steering government BAU to deliver front-line work, support teams, rapidly adjusting business processes or working behind the scenes. 

Recipients recognised with an award in the established leader category are demonstrated leaders in their public sector field who model a commitment to the values of the sector. 

Winners in the emerging leader category recognises have demonstrated initiative and agility, and are earmarked as the next generation of public sector leaders.

“These peer-judged awards reflect the enormous challenges we faced as individuals and as a community, and the women who championed innovation and made a difference,” Cullen said.

Judging panel co-chair Dr Emily Phillips, a deputy secretary at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions hosted the event attended by more than 300 people alongside IPAA Victoria’s deputy president Entsar Hamid. Hamid is the general manager of Secure Electronic Registries Victoria (SERV).

Victorian Public Sector established leaders 2022

Louise Anderson 

Kym Arthur 

Antoinette Battista 

Nicole Brady

Naomi Bromley 

Sherri Bruinhout 

Lisa Buckingham

Amanda Cameron 

Emma Cassar

Emma Catford 

Melanie Chisholm 

Susan Clifford APM

Simone Corin 

Kelly Crosthwaite 

Dannii de Kretser 

Joanne de Morton 

Fiona Delahunt 

Kerryn Ellis 

Elly Gay

Abbey Hogan 

Dr Jane Homewood 

Paula Jeffs 

Michelle Johnston 

Annette Lancy

Allyson Lardner 

Deanne Leaver

Dr Clare Looker 

Vicky Mason 

Kate Matson

Rachaele May 

Katrina McKenzie 

Laura Miller

Joanne Murdoch

Karyn Myers 

Vivienne Nguyen AM 

Michelle Osborne 

Elly Patira 

Helen Quiney

Jennifer Rebeiro 

Angela Skandarajah 

Bella Stagoll

Holly Stanton

Penelope Steuart 

Professor Rhonda Stuart

Helen Sui 

Kylie Trott 

Krista Vanderheide

Julie Walsh 

Ruth Ward 

Fiona Weigall 


Victorian Public Sector emerging leaders 2022

Christabelle Adjoyan 

Alisha Bedggood

Melissa Beukes 

Kate Cini 

Mardi Cuthbert

Urgé Dinegde 

Deb Fankhauser 

Mandy Griffiths

Penny Guadagnuolo

Rebecca Haig

Daneeta Hennessy

Michelle Hogan

Kate Houlden

Ashling James

Carol Kmon

Nicolle Korp

Belinda Lord 

Jennifer Martinez 

Lynden Mullen 

Blaga Naumoski 

Rebecca Quinn 

Maya Ramakrishnan 

Aparna Ravichandran

Tammy Smith

Alicia Stark 

Dr Claire Tobin

Sasha Torsi 

Zione Walker-Nthenda 

Nicole Whitelaw 

Stacy Williams


IPAA Victoria boss Nina Cullen on the opportunities for the public sector going forward

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