2018 Leadership in Government Awards

We recognise exceptional achievements by leaders in the Australian Public Service annually

In brief

  • The awards celebrate outstanding achievements by Australian Public Service leaders
  • Congratulations to the 2018 winners, announced 29 November at Parliament House in Canberra

Each year our Leadership in Government Awards showcase the Australian Public Service leaders who are making the greatest contributions to the prosperity and stability of the country.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand would like to congratulate this year's winners across our three award categories, announced on 29 November at an awards ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

Judges look for Australian Public Service leaders who:

  • Exemplify personal drive and integrity
  • Cultivate productive working relationships
  • Shape strategic thinking
  • Communicate with influence
  • Achieve results

There are categories for well-established public servants and those in the early stages of their careers who show great future potential. The awards are judged by an independent panel that includes previous winners and is chaired by former Federal Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D'Ascenzo.

Award categories and prizes

Outstanding Graduate of the Year

  • For young Australian Public Service leaders who typically with 3 years or less experience
  • Recognises graduates who have made a visible contribution to Departmental outcomes
  • Winner receives a $10,000 sabbatical to invest in leadership development
Outstanding Graduate of the Year 2018

Jacqueline Ferrer, Department of Human Services

Highly Commended Outstanding Graduate of the Year 2018

Victoria Haffey, Australian Taxation Office
Margaret Sheehan, Department of Communication and the Arts

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • For young Australian Public Service leaders who completed their degree within the past 5 years
  • Recognises graduates who have excelled, made a visible difference in their field and inspired others
  • Winner receives a $10,000 sabbatical to invest in leadership development
Emerging Leader of the Year 2018

Susan Fitzgerald, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Highly Commended Emerging Leader of the Year 2018

Lauren Callinan, Department of Human Services

Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration

  • For those holding positions in SES band 1-3 and executive Level 2
  • Recognises those who play a key role in the development and implementation of the Australian Government's policy, planning and funding arrangements
  • Winner receives a $20,000 sabbatical to invest in leadership development
Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration 2018

Lily Viertmann, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Hoa Wood, Australian Taxation Office

Highly Commended Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration 2018

Emma Kate McGuirk, Department of Social Services
John Shepherd, Australian Taxation Office

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