Leadership in Government Awards 2022

Recognising excellence in accounting and finance in the Australian public sector.

In brief

  • The awards recognise the achievements of those working in, or who contribute to, the public sector across Australia.
  • Tickets are now available for the 2022 award ceremony.
  • The awards ceremony will be held in Canberra in November 2022.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s annual Leadership in Government Awards is a hallmark event recognising excellence within the Australian public sector.

Steeped in a decade-long history, the awards acknowledge the significant efforts of members who work, or contribute to, the sector and celebrate their accomplishments.

Each year the recipients have been Difference Makers – they are highly qualified, trusted and future-focused leaders who are making a significant contribution to their organisation and the wider Australian community.

The categories that were available to nominate for were the Achievement Awards and the Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Award.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award has been developed to recognise an individual who shows potential as a future leader in the accounting and finance function of the Australian public sector by using initiative and driving innovation in their organisation.

The prize for the Achievement Award is a bursary to the value of A$10,000.

Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Award

The Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Award has been developed to recognise an accounting and finance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian public sector; their contribution can be demonstrated by evidence that they are leading by example and have achieved a step change for the benefit of the Australian public via their public service.

The prize for the Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Award is a bursary to the value of A$20,000.

Award Information

  • Judges
    The high-calibre, independent judging panel will be chaired by Chair of the ACT Public Sector Panel.
  • Key dates
    8 August 2022 - Nominations open
    2 September 2022 - Nominations close 5pm AEST
    12 September 2022 - First round judging
    19 September 2022 - Shortlist contacted for supplementary evidence (1 week to respond)
    15 November 2022 - 2022 Leadership in Government Awards, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
  • Eligibility criteria
    Nominees must be current members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, but do not need to be employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) to be eligible for a Leadership in Government Award.
  • Judging criteria

    The judges will assess nominations for both awards against two broad criteria (detailed below) and select recipients that best represent leaders in each category.

    Achievement Award

    The recipient will be an individual who shows potential as a future leader in the accounting and finance function of the public sector by using initiative and driving innovation in their organisation.

    Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Award

    The recipient will be an accounting and finance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the public sector; their contribution can be demonstrated by evidence that they are leading by example and have achieved a step change for the benefit of the Australian public via their public service.

    The judging criteria mirror the objectives outlined in the Delivering for Tomorrow: APS Workforce Strategy 2025 (released March 2021) and attributes of a 'Difference Maker' as defined by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Criterion 1:

    Nominators must demonstrate with evidence that the nominee contributes to achieving the objective of the Delivering for Tomorrow: APS Workforce Strategy 2025.

    "The Objective of this Strategy is:

    For the APS to operate as one enterprise, with a high-performing workforce to deliver effectively and efficiently for the Government, the Parliament and the Australian public.

    This Strategy organises implementation of our workforce initiatives under three areas of action:

    1. Attract, build and retain skills, expertise and talent – we will recruit and develop the capabilities and skills needed to be a diverse, high-performing workforce that facilitates career pathways across an outcomes-focused enterprise.
    2. Embrace data, technology and flexible and responsive workforce models – we will lead digital transformation and deploy skills, expertise and talent to where it is needed to deliver the outcomes that the Government and Australians expect.
    3. Strengthen integrity and purposeful leadership – we will ensure that our leadership continues to shape our behaviour, our purpose and our delivery of outcomes, and that the APS is highly regarded for our integrity and citizen-centric focus." (APSC, 2021)

    Criterion 2:

    Nominators must demonstrate that the nominee exemplifies the attributes of a 'Difference Maker' as they apply to the public sector;

    • Is a reliable and trusted voice of the accounting and finance function
    • Has broad capabilities across all areas of business and finance
    • Is recognised as a catalyst for change to help their organisation become future-ready
    • Is a trusted leader and champion for high ethical standards, and
    • Demonstrates a citizen-centric approach.
  • Nomination process

    Nominations are now closed for 2022.

    The nomination form is not able to be saved, so nominators are encouraged to prepare responses prior to uploading them. Nominators will be asked to submit the following:

    • Nominee details (position, organisation, APS classification)
    • Nominator details (position, organisation, and contact details)
    • Promotional blurb about the nominee (100 words)
    • A one-page response addressing the judging criteria, highlighting the nominee's achievements with supporting evidence (500 words)
    • Referees (name, position, organisation of three referees)
    • Agreement to Terms and Conditions (see below)

    Entering the Leadership in Government Awards will be by third party nomination only; the judges will not accept self-nominations.

Leadership in Government Award winners 2021

Anna La CA and Brad Medland FCA have been recognised for their leadership in finance in Australia’s public service.

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Leadership in Government Awards 2022 ceremony

Celebrate the achievement of colleagues at the National Portrait Gallery for the announcement of the 2022 winners.

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