WA Premier's Awards — this year's winners

By David Donaldson

November 3, 2016

Western Shield is one of the winners of this year’s WA Premier’s Awards.

Programs dealing with everything from bilbies and sharks to chronic pain, a land registry and teacher training featured in this year’s West Australian Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Eight category winners were announced at a presentation event at the Office of the Premier and Cabinet on Wednesday evening, along with 11 other finalists.

The awards cover a broad range of initiatives. The City of Bayswater in Perth won an award for a wetland development that aims to prevent runoff polluting the Swan river by stopping 1.3 tonnes of nitrogen, 200kg of phosphorous, and 40 tonnes of sediment and other rubbish from entering the river each year.

A project to empower families to help children recover from chronic pain Princess Margaret Hospital snared the Department of Health first place in the strengthening families and communities category.

The Department of Fisheries was named as a finalist for an integrated shark notification and response framework it developed in partnership with Surf Life Saving WA and the Water Police, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife won joint first place in the environment category for its efforts to restore native wildlife to pre-European settlement levels.

The Department of Water was named for its part in an irrigation trial at Mowanjum, an Aboriginal-controlled cattle property in the Kimberley, which will provide economic development and jobs for the local community.

Premier Colin Barnett said the awards recognised those making significant improvements in local communities.

“Awards programs such as these promote the public sector as an employer of choice, promote the collaborative work of the public sector and the benefits to the Western Australian community, and increase awareness of outstanding bodies of work recognised for excellence in public sector management,” he said.

“The award entries are an excellent way to share good ideas, good methods and great results with each other, other jurisdictions and the wider community.”

This year’s awards saw 37 entries.

Developing the economy


  • Landgate for its  new land registry.


  • LandCorp for Cockburn Commercial Park’s successful development in Perth’s south-west corridor.

Improving Aboriginal outcomes



  • Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority for Kaart Koort Waarnging — head, heart, talking.

Improving government and reducing red tape


  • Department of Local Government and Communities for strengthening local government accountability.


  • Department of Education for the switch program: innovation to meet demand for secondary school teachers.
  • Department of Finance for collaboration across government to realise whole of government reform.
  • Department of Lands for the land asset sales program.

Managing the environment



  • Department of Water for its urban waterways renewal project.
  • Rottnest Island Authority for Wadjemup walk trail project.

Revitalising the regions


  • Department of Commerce for regional mobile communications project.


  • Department of the Attorney General for regional courts roll-out.
  • Department of Training and Workforce Development for new futures: transforming agricultural education and training for the 21st century.

Strengthening families and communities


  • Department of Health for Princess Margaret Hospital: empowering families and communities to help children recover from chronic pain.


  • City of Armadale for its Champion centre, an Indigenous community hub.
  • Department of Fisheries for WA’s shark notification and response framework.

Western Australia in Asia


  • Department of Mines and Petroleum for strategic engagement with China’s resource sector.
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