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PuBLiC SECtOR NEWS
The closing date for
nominations in the 2011
National Disability Awards
has been extended and will
now close at 5pm (AesT) on
Friday, July 29.
The National Disability Awards are
part of the Australian Government’s
celebration of International Day of
People with Disability.
The Awards recognise people
with disability who have achieved
something remarkable or made
a significant contribution to their
community, and people or groups
within the community who have
contributed to the disability sector
or improved access and inclusion.
Download a nomination form
and nomination guidelines at
www.idpwd.com.au or call
This year’s Queen’s Birthday honours
list saw the 36th Public Service Medal
awarded to Mr Brian Huddleston for
outstanding public ser vice in planning the
introduction into ser vice of the MRH90
troop lift helicopter.
While the Department of Defence
is very efficient at recognising and
rewarding outstanding achievement
within its military ranks, it is timely to
remember the opportunities which exist
for Australian Public Ser vice members.
The Public Ser vice Medal (PSM) is one
such medal which recognises outstanding
service and contributions made by APS
members across all levels of Australian
Government and has an important place
within the official national honours system.
Outstanding ser vice can be
• service excellence to the public, or to
Nominations for Disability Awards extended
Civilian recognition and
the Public Service Medal
external or internal clients,
• innovation in program, project or policy
• leadership, including as a member of a
• the achievement of more efficient
processes, improved productivity or
better ser vice delivery.
Established in 1989 by Letters Patent, the
PSM is awarded by the Governor-General twice
a year, in line with the Australia Day Honours
and the Queen’s Birthday Honours lists.
From a maximum quota of 100 medals
available throughout Australia each calendar
year, of these, only 30 are allocated for APS
employees across all departments.The PSM
was first awarded in 1989 and accordingly,
the award is considered in a very competitive
The Department of Defence encourages
all employees to consider formally
recognising those staff members who
provide outstanding service, display great
leadership and achieve outstanding success,
to submit high quality nominations.
Currently, the internal Defence
nomination process is being reviewed and
when finalised, will be widely promulgated.
However, nominations for the medal will
still require endorsement by a Group Head
prior to submission to the Secretary for
recommendation to the Public Ser vice
Commission’s PSM Committee.
The application form and stringent
process/guidelines for applying for the
Public Ser vice Medal can be found on
the Prime Minister and Cabinet website
at www.itsanhonour.gov.au, or by
contacting the Defence Honours and
Awards Customer Response Team on
1800 111 321 between 9am and 5pm.
1800 440 385 to order hard copies.
The 2011 Award categories are:
• Minister’s Lifelong Achievement
Award recognises people who have
advanced the rights of people with
disability over a prolonged period of
• Young Disability Challenge Award
recognises young people aged
12-25 years who have advanced the
rights of people with disability.
• Business Award recognises
organisations that have improved
access to employment, or created
increased employment opportunities
for people with disability.
• Local Government Award
recognises work in a community
that provides opportunities for full
inclusion of people with disability.
• social Inclusion Award recognises
schools, universities, employment
and training providers and advocacy
services who have enabled equal
participation of people with
disability in a range of areas in life.
• Inclusive and Accessible
Communities Award recognises
work by developers, builders and
others in the building sector to
create accessible buildings or
facilities for people with disability.
• Health and Wellbeing Award
recognises health and wellbeing
services that are creating equal
access for people with disability.
The 2011 National Disability Award
categories are aligned with the
National Disability Strategy priority
areas, a 10-year strategy to improve
the lives of people with disability, their
families and carers.
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