The Victorian Public Sector Commission partnered with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria to recognise leadership in the State’s public sector.
Acting Chief Executive of IPAA Victoria, Karina Posanzini said the tremendous efforts of the State’s public sector teams and organisations during 2020 were recognised at IPAA Victoria’s annual Leadership in the Public Sector Awards Ceremony in Melbourne.
Ms Posanzini said the Awards acknowledged the work undertaken by all levels of Government, and their related service organisations.
“Finalists came from 16 different Departments and organisations with award winners covering a wide range of public sector projects, including family violence reform, bushfire recovery, a clean-energy focused pilot program and new technology aimed at improving patient mental health support for Ambulance Victoria paramedics,” Ms Posanzini said.
She congratulated the eight category winners and praised the level of leadership displayed in what were often very difficult circumstances.
Among the winners were the Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Health; Families, Fairness and Housing; Education and Training; Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Ambulance Victoria; Bushfire Recovery Victoria; Sustainability Victoria; and State Revenue Office.
Victorian Public Sector Commissioner Adam Fennessy said the Awards provided the sector with an opportunity to celebrate its service to the community.
Mr Fennessy said this year’s Awards theme, The Everyday. The Extraordinary, was a reminder of the importance of everyday leadership in the public sector.
He reflected on the public sector’s achievements during the challenging year, making special mention of the establishment of the dedicated bushfire recovery program for Aboriginal Culture and Healing, a first for the State.
The Commissioner also acknowledged Ambulance Victoria’s new service, TelePROMPT; the Department of Education and Training’s Play, Learn, Grow program; the Commission for Children and Young People’s COVID-19 engagement project; and the Victorian Electoral Commission’s campaign to ensure that eligible voters were informed and prepared to take part in the local council elections.
“At the Victorian Public Sector Commission we have sought to keep the public sector operating in a sustainable and safe way as we deliver for Victorians,” Mr Fennessy said.