Thursday 2 March, 2017

Main Roads WA receive top honours for Annual Reporting at IPAA WA’s 32nd W.S. Lonnie Awards

Members of the Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) welcomed their Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia to the Hyatt Regency Perth on Thursday 2 March 2017, for the 32nd annual W.S. Lonnie Awards presentation.

Her Excellency provided the introductory remarks, before the Premier’s representative, Mr Tony Krsticevic MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Commerce and Member for Carine opened proceedings. Representatives from agencies and statutory bodies across the WA public sector filled the room to acknowledge excellence and accountability in annual reporting.

IPAA WA President and WA’s Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel highlighted the significance of these awards. “Judging these awards is a mammoth task. All State government annual reports from the 2015/16 financial year that have been published online by the Public Sector Commission reporting deadline are automatically included in the judging process” Mr Bluemmel said.

“Therefore, 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”.

Main Roads Western Australia was the big winner on the day, taking out four awards this year, including the Gold Award for Category 3 (Agencies with over 1,000 FTEs), the Office of the Auditor General Award for Transparency and Accountability, and two major awards – the Margaret McAleer Special Commendation and the ultimate award, the W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy and shield.

The judging panel commended Main Roads WA, commenting that their report “aspired to excellence and achieved it across all the judging criteria”. The judges also recognised the report for its “innovative use of technology and openness in performance reporting”, and praised the way in which Main Roads presented its annual report in providing superior navigation features and incorporation of infographics.

WorkCover WA was also successful on the day, taking home three awards including two specialist awards (Ombudsman WA Award for Complaints Handling and the PSC Award for Good Governance) and the Category 2 Bronze Award. The Office of the Auditor General also picked up three awards including one specialist award (CPA Australia Award for Performance Reporting), one major award (The Allan Skinner Trophy) and the Category 2 Gold award.

This years’ Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award went to Caroline Preuss from the Gold Corporation. Judges commented that Caroline “lifted the performance of the finance team” and was an “excellent business performer with numerous achievements across all the assessment criteria”.

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 MC CBE MVO, 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
Main Roads Western Australia

The Margaret Nadebaum Trophy
Fremantle Port Authority

Margaret McAleer Special Commendation
Main Roads Western Australia

The Allan Skinner Trophy
Office of the Auditor General

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