Friday 1 April, 2016

Excellence and Accountability in Annual Reporting Celebrated at IPAA WA’s 31st W.S. Lonnie Awards

The Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) welcomed special guest Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, to the Hyatt Regency Perth on Friday 1st of April 2016, for the 31st annual W.S. Lonnie Awards presentation. Premier’s representative, the Honourable Peter Katsambanis MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region, opened proceedings as agencies from across the public sector in WA gathered to acknowledge excellence and accountability in annual reporting.

IPAA WA President and WA’s Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel highlighted the significance of these awards as he welcomed guests to the awards presentation. “Receiving a W.S. Lonnie Award is a high accolade for public sector agencies as it demonstrates their commitment to transparency, authenticity and integrity in annual reporting. The production of a public sector agency annual report is a major team effort and I know that many CEOs see today’s event as an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the work of their agency’s reporting team” he said.

State Heritage Office was the big winner on the day, taking home four awards including two major awards - the coveted W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy and the Margaret McAleer Special Commendation Award, as well as the Public Sector Commission Award for Good Governance and the Gold Category Award for agencies with under 100 FTEs. The judging panel commended the State Heritage Office’s report, commenting that it “demonstrated a clear appreciation of how layout, style and graphics can serve to communicate critical information about performance management and achievement of KPIs. It was an outstanding report.”

Main Roads Western Australia were also successful on the day, taking home three of the specialist awards and the Bronze award for agencies with over 1000 FTEs for its annual report. “Main Roads Western Australia’s 2014-15 annual report presents an excellent account of the agency’s work to maintain its information management infrastructure and ensure employees have the relevant skills to capture and manage business information”, one panel of judges commented.

This year’s Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award went to Damon DeNooyer from the Insurance Commission of Western Australia. Judges commented that “despite operating in a very complex environment, Damon has personally identified and pursued a number of key strategic, innovation and leadership initiatives.”

The primary vehicle for accountability in the Public Sector has been and always will be the way public sector agencies report their performance to Parliament and the people of Western Australia.  The Awards were established in honour of Mr. William Scott Lonnie, recognised for his long and distinguished career in the State public service, culminating in his final post as Under Secretary, Premier’s Department during the premiership of Sir Charles Court.

Those awarded the top accolades for Annual Reporting were:

The W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy

State Heritage Office

The Margaret Nadebaum Trophy

Fremantle Port Authority

Margaret McAleer Special Commendation

State Heritage Office

The Allan Skinner Trophy

Office of the Auditor General

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Click here to view all winners, photographs and judges’ comments.

Click here to read the history of the W.S. Lonnie Awards.