Leadership in Government Awards

Recognising the achievements of Accounting and Finance professionals in and contributing to the Public Sector.

In brief

  • The awards will now be livestreamed from the CA ANZ Canberra Office
  • Our keynote oration will be given by the one and only Dr Kirstin Ferguson
  • Stan Grant of the ABC will be hosting the evening

 Due to the COVID-19 exposure at Parliament House, CA ANZ's Leadership in Government Awards 2021 will now be hosted at the CA ANZ Canberra Office with a small number of attendees present and will be livestreamed for those that we are unable to have attend the in person event. 

Each year Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recognises the achievements of Accounting and Finance professionals in and contributing to the Public Sector by presenting the annual Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Leadership in Government Awards. Recipients of Leadership in Government Awards should exemplify attributes of Chartered Accountants ANZ 'Difference Makers'; highly qualified, full accredited, and future-focused individuals making significant contributions to the objectives of the Public Sector.

Introducing our Speakers

Dr Kirstin Ferguson 

Kirstin Ferguson

Kirstin Ferguson is changing the way the world looks at leadership. As an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director, writer and speaker, she's one of Australia's most prominent leadership experts, derived from her 30-year executive career in addition to her PhD in leadership and culture. Kirstin has had an incredibly diverse career. She has over a decade of experience on a range of company boards, including a recent appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She’s also been the CEO of a global consulting company, a senior executive at a leading corporate law firm, and spent nearly 10 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Stan Grant is one of Australia's most respected and awarded journalists, with more than 30 years’ experience in radio and television news and current affairs. Stan has a strong reputation for independence and integrity and has interviewed international political and business leaders, including our own prime ministers and senior ministers. Prior to taking up his latest role Stan served for a decade as a Senior International Correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East, broadcasting to an audience of millions around the world. Stan is an award winning and best-selling author of several books and has contributed articles to many major Australian newspapers, magazines and journals.

Nominees can be recognised in two Award categories:

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 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 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.

Judges

The high-calibre, independent judging panel will be chaired by a member of the ACT Regional Council.

Key dates

8 July 2021
Nominations open

5 August 2021
Nominations close 5.00pm AEST

15 August 2021
Shortlist contacted for supplementary evidence (one week to respond)

9 December 2021
2021 Leadership in Government Awards Parliament House, Canberra

Eligibility

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 fora Leadership in Government Award.

Judging Criteria

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.

Further information

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Level 10, 60 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra ACT 2601
GPO Box 9985 ACT 2601
Phone 02 6122 6100
Fax 02 6122 6122
Email [email protected]

Past Winners

Awards not held in 2020 due to COVID-19

Outstanding Graduate of the Year 2019

Caitlin Petersen, Australian Taxation Office

Emerging Leader of the Year 2019

Brendon Buckley, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration 2019

Rachael Spalding, Department of Finance

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 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 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

Read about the 2019 Awards

The Leadership in Government Awards were last held in 2019 in Canberra. Read more about the night.

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