The Institute of Public Administration Australia is calling for nominations for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence.
Nominations are open from 20 April 2016 to 25 July 2016. Further information, including a nomination kit, is provided in the related documents tab on this page.
Only public sector organisations are eligible to nominate, but any work unit, group or team within the Commonwealth, state/territory and local government may nominate in the Awards. Cross-agency or whole-of-government initiatives are also eligible and are strongly encouraged. Initiatives that involve other organisations, private sector and/or community-based organisations are also eligible, but only if the initiative is sponsored by the nominating public sector organisation.
Eligible initiatives can be large in scale and impact across the entire organisation (or multiple organisations), or they can be small in scale and impact at a more local level (or anywhere in between).
The Awards focus on specific initiatives and are based on organisations demonstrating success against four demanding criteria. They are designed to honour the achievements of public sector work groups, units and teams rather than individuals.
Organisations need to demonstrate the ability to devise and implement innovative customer-focused initiatives. They must also demonstrate that their success was not accidental—it must have been the result of a methodical and sustainable approach to improving the organisation’s practices in client satisfaction, leadership, people management, change management, planning, governance and innovation.
The Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Department, Agency, Authority or Office must endorse each Award nomination. This endorsement signifies agreement to the conditions of the Awards. For multi-agency nominations, the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of all agencies involved should provide endorsement.
The Awards are based on the IPAA Excellence in Public Sector Management Model, which draws on the best features of international excellence frameworks and assessment methodologies. It combines these with concepts and practices in a way that contextualises these Awards more closely with the Australian Public Sector, across all three tiers of government.
There are many benefits in nominating for the Awards, including:
There are eight steps that you need to be completed before submitting a nomination. They are:
More detailed information is provided in the nomination kit (see related documents in side bar) which includes: