NT public service medals — Australia Day 2016


Two Northern Territory public servants were awarded Public Service Medals this Australia Day.

Below are the full official biographies for the awardees working for the Commonwealth, which accompanies the full national list of PSM winners.

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian government and state, territory and local government employees. ‘Outstanding service’ could be shown through:

  • service excellence to the public, or to external or internal clients;
  • innovation in programme, project or policy development;
  • leadership, including as a member of a team; or
  • the achievement of more efficient processes, improved productivity or better service delivery.

Mr James ROGERS
Nhulunbuy NT 0880
For outstanding public service to the community of the Northern Territory, particularly as the coordinator of the Regional Recovery Response for tropical cyclones Lam and Nathan.

Mr Rogers is responsible for leading the whole of government recovery coordination for two tropical cyclones that hit across the East Arnhem Region of the Northern Territory in February 2015. With over 500 remote community residents affected by the severer tropical cyclone Lam, heinstigated the setting up of a Local Recovery Committee in Galiwin’ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining. He worked more than 12 hour days on weekends and during his personal time, whilst having a young family and usual work commitments. During this time he was required to show leadership, patience and exercise decision making at a very high level and under extreme pressure. 300 residents from the community of Galiwin’ku were living in tents, based in a camp on the community oval. He was instrumental in developing and implementing a two stage rebuilding plan for the community. This was to build forty houses in the first year, with the remaining houses being built in the coming years. During this time he was also instrumental in strengthening government ties with Indigenous communities and with local community organisations. Throughout his tireless work, he always had the people of the community’s safety, health, wellbeing and cultural needs prioritised and well managed. Mr Rogers’ leadership of the recovery process has left a legacy of the responsiveness and ability of the Northern Territory Government to respond at a high level to a severe emergency.

Ms Anne Su-Phin TAN
Casuarina NT 0810
For outstanding public service to the community of the Northern Territory, particularly in the areas of financial policy development and reform, major infrastructure projects and investment.

Ms Tan has worked in the Northern Territory Government for more than 25 years. She has held a number of executive service roles in Treasury and Finance, the Power Water Corporation, and the Department of the Chief Minister. She has superior knowledge and experience in intergovernmental policy and relations, and in the area of Major Projects, Infrastructure and Investment. Previously she was involved in cross-jurisdictional policy work, major rewrites of the Financial Management Act and the Treasurer’s Directions, and was instrumental in the new comprehensive whole-of-government banking contract for all Northern Territory banking services. She made significant contributions to the successful legal challenge with the Commonwealth Government regarding the Fringe Benefit Tax being applied, thereby saving the Northern Territory millions of dollars annually. Some of the major projects she has been involved with include the Alice Springs and Darwin Waterfront Convention Centre proposals, preliminary work on the new Darwin prison, various land release projects, a range of housing related developments, the Gove reform – a proposal for the Northern Territory supply of gas to Gove, and private housing proposals in Gove. Her contribution to securing the Northern Territory Public Service as a service that is contemporary, innovative and containing some of the best minds and leadership qualities is immeasurable. Ms Tan is committed to growing the Northern Territory, and her strong governance and ethical leadership base have been constant hallmarks of her work.

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