Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management is a national Awards program run annually by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), facilitated by the ACT Division. The Awards aim to encourage and recognise better practice and innovation across all levels of Government in Australia. They focus on specific initiatives and are based on organisations demonstrating success against four demanding criteria.

The Awards are designed to honour the achievements of public sector work groups, units and teams rather than individuals, with organisations needing to demonstrate that they are able to devise and implement innovative customer focused initiatives. Nominees must also demonstrate that their success was not accidental, but that it was 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 Awards

Awards are presented in the following categories:

  1. Sustainable Excellence in Public Sector Management - Gold
  2. Sustainable Excellence in Public Sector Management - Silver
  3. Sustainable Excellence in Public Sector Management - Commended

Two supplementary awards may also be awarded at the discretion of the Judges: 

  1. Collaboration - joint nominations between two or more organisations; and
  2. People and Change Management - highly effective approaches in this area.

Nominations can be awarded for the above categories or the supplementary awards, or both.

Dates and Nomination Fees

The following schedule of dates applies for the 2018 award program:

  • 19 March - Nominations open
  • 31 May - Stage 1 nominations close
  • 18 June - Stage 2 nominations invited
  • 2 August - Stage 2 nominations close
  • 4 October - Judging Day
  • October (date TBC) - Award winners announced

A payment of $990 (GST inclusive) is required for each Stage 1 nomination. Payment is made through the online portal after you sumbit your nomination. Credit card and invoice payment options are available. No additional fee is required if you are invited to participate in Stage 2 of the Awards process (refunds are not provided for nominations that do not go forward to Stage 2).


Any work unit, group or team within the Commonwealth, State or Territory and local government Public Sectors may nominate an initiative for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. 

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.  It is imperative that nominations that fall into this category are endorsed by the Secretary/CEO of the nominating public sector organisation. Cross agency or whole of government initiatives are also eligible and are strongly encouraged. 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).

2017 Awards Program

If you or your organisation was involved in the 2017 Awards, we welcome your feedback through a short survey which is available here. The survey is anonymous and will only take 5 minutes to complete.

To view the 2017 Awards winners and photos click here. A highlight video from the 2017 Awards is available below or on Vimeo.

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