Director General Grahame Searle has received the State's highest award for public sector management at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA Achievement Awards.
At an awards ceremony held at the Hyatt hotel last Friday, IPAA WA recognised Grahame's accomplishments with the Patrons Award for his "outstanding contribution over a substantial number of years towards excellence in public administration and management."
Due to interstate commitments Grahame was not able to attend the ceremony but was delighted when informed of this recognition.
"The public sector is an excellent place to work and provides a very rewarding and collegial environment," he said.
Grahame credited his achievements to the support of his Department of Housing colleagues for their efforts to drive a change and reform program.
"In attempting any reform we must have good people in our team," he said.
"This award might have my name on it, but in reality it is a product of the hard work and skill of all the members of the Department, from our frontline staff in the regions to our strategists that are working out what must be done to tackle the persistent challenges of housing affordability."
IPAA WA regarded Grahame's contribution to improving the quality of public sector management and service delivery during his time in the Western Australian public sector to be "outstanding".
"Since taking on the role of Director General at the Department in 2008, Grahame has driven significant reform across the agency and the sector. This has included re-orienting the agency to be strategy driven, rather than program driven – and to see its role as facilitating affordable housing solutions rather than just delivering public housing," Sue McCarrey, IPAA WA President, said.
In presenting the Award, she also praised Grahame's broader professional and personal commitment to fostering excellence across the public sector.
"Grahame was President of the WA Council from 2006-2008 and contributed strongly to the development of the Institute into the strong association it is today," Sue said.
The Department also came away with two other awards. It won the Department of Health Best Practice in Health and Wellbeing award for its Health and Wellness Program, being delivered by Trench Health and Fitness. The Department also won in the Best Practice in Collaboration between Government and Non Government Organisations category for its management of the Stimulus Programs. More about these two Awards in Part Two of the story this afternoon.
A video of the Director General's acceptance speech for the Patrons Award can be viewed on IPAA's website