Friday 29 March 2019

Top WA Public Sector Annual Reports Recognised at IPAA WA’s W.S. Lonnie Awards

Members of the Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) and agencies from across the WA public sector celebrated excellence in annual reporting at the Institute’s 34th annual W.S. Lonnie Awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

By hosting these awards, IPAA WA aims to celebrate the achievements in annual reporting across the State’s Public Sector, promote excellence and improve standards of accountability, and encourage clear communication of information to the Parliament and the community.

IPAA WA President, Colin Murphy PSM FIPAA, welcomed guests including the IPAA WA Vice-Patron, the Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA, and John Carey MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier; Member for Perth, representing the IPAA WA Vice-Patron and Premier of WA, the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA.

In his welcome, Mr Murphy acknowledged the team effort that goes into producing an agency’s annual report, and highlighted the role of these Awards in recognising and acknowledging the achievements in annual reporting from our diverse public sector agencies, both small and large.

The Hon. Professor Carmen Lawrence, Chair of the W.S. Lonnie Awards judging panel then provided an overview of the judging process, and key observations. “The judges were unanimous in their view that the quality of annual reports continues to improve, particularly in the effective use of digital, online formats. All the reports were characterised by a focus on ensuring that readers were easily able to navigate sites while providing the necessary detail to ensure compliance with accountability standards. The coverage of performance, risk management and governance was generally judged to be well done and comprehensive, with the best reports making clear links between Agency strategic plans and performance indicators”, Professor Lawrence said.

Several agencies received more than one award on the day, including the Commissioner for Children and Young People (2 awards), Department of Treasury (3 awards), Fremantle Port Authority (3 Awards), MainRoads WA (2 awards, plus the CFO of the Year Award), and the WA Country Health Service who received 2 awards including the ultimate award, the W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy and shield.

The judges commented on the WA Country Health Service report, stating that “the quality of the report was outstanding, especially for a relatively new agency, operating in a very challenging environment.” WA Country Health Service was also praised for its reporting on successes and failures, communicating the breadth of its operations, and for providing clear links between its clinical governance objectives and actual performance.

This years’ Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award went to Phil D’Souza from MainRoads WA. Phil was praised for his commitment to Main Roads, its values, guiding principles and objectives to achieve better transport outcomes for the State. Phil was also praised for his lead role in the deployment of the Department’s strategic direction, ‘Keeping WA Moving’.

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
WA Country Health Service

The Margaret Nadebaum Trophy
Fremantle Port Authority

Margaret McAleer Special Commendation
Commissioner for Children and Young People

The Allan Skinner Trophy
Main Roads Western Australia

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

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

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