Premier’s Awards recognising excellence in public sector management

Public Sector Commission

On Wednesday 2 November 2016, the Premier's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were presented in a twilight ceremony in the Premier's Cabinet Rooms. This year marked 20 years of recognising excellence in service delivery to the Western Australian community.

The Department of Water in partnership with the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation received the overall 2016 Premier's Award for its 'Mowanjum project'.

The 'Mowanjum project' provides young Aboriginal people from Derby, Mowanjum and surrounding communities with training and employment opportunities. Mowanjum is becoming a nationally-recognised model for leadership and governance in the development of similar Aboriginal businesses.

Premier Colin Barnett said nominations for the awards were received from agencies with projects which impacted across the state to those making significant improvements in local communities.

'Awards programs such as these promote the public sector as an employer of choice, promote the collaborative work of the sector and the benefits to the WA community. It also increases the awareness of the outstanding bodies of work recognised for excellence in public sector management. The award entries are an excellent way to share good ideas, good methods and great results with each other, other jurisdictions and the wider community', Mr Barnett said.

A City of Bayswater's 'Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary' and the Department of Health's 'Princess Margaret Hospital: Empowering families and communities to help children recover from chronic pain' were two of the winners recognised at this year's awards.

Eight category winners were presented with their certificates along with eleven other finalists. The categories seek to reflect the goals and aims of the Government:

DEVELOPING THE ECONOMY

Winner

  • Landgate for New Land Registry: future-ready through innovation

Finalist

  • LandCorp for Cockburn Commercial Park's successful development in Perth's South West corridor

IMPROVING ABORIGINAL OUTCOMES

Winner and overall winner

  • Department of Water for Mowanjum Project

Finalist

  • Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority for Kaart Koort Waarnging – Head, heart, talking

IMPROVING GOVERNMENT AND REDUCING RED TAPE

Winner

  • Department of Local Government and Communities for Strengthening local government accountability

Finalists

  • Department of Education for Switch program: Innovation to meet demand for secondary school teachers
    Department of Finance for Collaboration across government to realise whole of government reform
    Department of Lands for Land Asset Sales Program

MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENT

Joint winners

  • City of Bayswater for Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary nutrient stripping wetland
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife for Western Shield

Finalists

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife for Western shield
    Department of Water for Urban waterways renewal project
    Rottnest Island Authority for Wadjemup walk trail project

REVITALISING THE REGIONS

Winner

  • Department of Commerce for Regional mobile communications project

Finalists

  • Department of the Attorney General for Regional courts roll-out
    Department of Training and Workforce Development for New futures: transforming agricultural education and training for the 21st century

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

Winner

  • Department of Health for Princess Margaret Hospital: Empowering families and communities to help children recover from chronic pain

Finalists

  • City of Armadale for Champion centre our way of working
  • Department of Fisheries for WA's shark notification and response framework

WESTERN AUSTRALIA IN ASIA

Winner

  • Department of Mines and Petroleum for Strategic engagement with China's resource sector

Details of the finalist and winning projects can be found on the website: http://www.publicsector.wa.gov.au/news-events/premiers-awards