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
  • Award winners were announced 17 October 2019

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.

The awards celebrate the breadth of skills, knowledge and experience within the Australian Public Service.

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.

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

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 $10,000 to invest in leadership development 

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • Recognises graduates who have excelled, made a visible difference in their field and inspired others
  • Winner receives $10,000 to invest in leadership development

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 $20,000 to invest in leadership development 

2019 awards winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 CA ANZ Leadership in Government Awards.

Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award 2019: Caitlin Petersen, Australian Taxation Office

Emerging Leader of the Year Award 2019: Brendon Buckley, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award 2019: Rachael Spalding, Department of Finance.

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