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.
Rebecca Falkingham keynote address noted the challenges of the last two years. The pandemic has brought into focus what women have be up against before the pandemic. #Top50PublicSectorWomen pic.twitter.com/PQw5GqFQBx
— IPAA Victoria (@IPAAVic) April 29, 2022
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
Susan Clifford APM
Dannii de Kretser
Joanne de Morton
Dr Jane Homewood
Dr Clare Looker
Vivienne Nguyen AM
Professor Rhonda Stuart
Victorian Public Sector emerging leaders 2022
Dr Claire Tobin