35th Annual WS Lonnie Awards

Recognising Excellence and Accountability in Annual Reporting


After thoughtful consideration, and in light of the current situation we decided to postpone the WS Lonnie Awards to a later date that is yet to be determined. While regrettable, the decision was made based on the rapid and uncertain evolution of the COVID-19 situation.

While we were confident with our strategies to manage the health risks based on the Government’s health advice as at yesterday, the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and there is too much uncertainty for us to be able to progress with the Award’s Ceremony. We would also like to provide as much notice as possible to our delegates. Postponing the WS Lonnie Awards was agreed to be the most prudent course of action.

If you have registered, at this stage there is nothing for you to do. Your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date, and we will inform you when a new date is confirmed. You can let us know at that stage if you have any questions/concerns. 


The primary vehicle for accountability in the Public Sector has been and always will be the way agencies report their performance.

The W.S. Lonnie Awards recognise the importance of Annual Reports being accountable and transparent in a succinct and independent way. All State agencies are eligible and are automatically considered as part of the judging process. 2020 marks the 35th Anniversary of this long-standing and prestigious event.

Support your organisation as it vies for the prestigious W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy. Winners will be announced on the day.

View past winners here.


Bronze Awards demonstrate high levels of accountability and good reporting to Parliament, the community and key stakeholder groups.

Silver Awards exceed the criteria and are considered to demonstrate particularly good reporting and accountability.

Gold Awards excel in accountability and annual reporting. Annual reports that receive this award have exceeded the requirements and are considered model reports.

Major Awards

Margaret McAleer Special Commendation: The award is presented at the discretion of the panel for an outstanding report that, in some respect, establishes a benchmark to which others should aspire.

The Allan Skinner Trophy: Awarded to the best annual report in the General Government Sector.

The Margaret Nadebaum Trophy: Awarded to the best annual report in the Government Enterprise Sector.

The WS Lonnie Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the best annual report for the year.

There are seven additional Specialist Awards for 2020 that will be presented on the day.

Thank you to the Sponsors of the Specialist Awards.

WorkCover WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Insurance Commission of Western Australia