Nineteen of the best Australian Government Information and Communication Technology innovations and professionals have been named as finalists in the 2011 Australian Government ICT Awards.
Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, said the Awards program recognised the most outstanding initiatives in eGovernment, across a number of ICT disciplines.
“The Awards promote excellence in the use of ICT in all spheres of Government in Australia and help us build agency capability,” Mr Gray said.
“This is the fifth year of the Awards and each year they have continued to expand both in breadth and in the number of nominations submitted. We received a record 62 nominations this year, up from our previous record of 41 received last year,” Mr Gray said.
The finalists’ nominations will be assessed by a national judging panel comprised of selected state and territory Chief Information Officers and independent ICT industry representatives.
It will determine the overall Award winners.
Award winners will be announced at a special dinner, held in association with CeBIT Australia 2011, on June 1,at the Sydney Convention Centre.
Nominations for the ICT Young Professional of the Year Award are open now and can be submitted through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) website until June 14.
The Award is administered by the ACS, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, to recognise those ICT professionals who are 35 years of age or under and have made an outstanding contribution to ICT in their agency.
The finalists announced so far are:
2011 Excellence in eGovernment Awards
Applications Development Category
- Department of Justice, Victoria for their FireReady applications project.
- Local Government Procurement (Local Government and Shires Associations New South Wales) for their VendorPanel.com/LGP project.
- NSW Department of Education and Training for their Essential Secondary Science Assessment online practical component project.
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Canberra, for their Spatial Empowerment of Users at DEEWR project.
- Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria for their Positioning Regional Victoria project.
- Wyndham City Council, Victoria for their WynCrowd project.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics for their ABS βetaWorksTM project.
- Country Fire Authority, Victoria for their CFA Connect project.
- Queensland Police Service for their Social media for emergency management, communications and public relations project.
- CrimTrac for their CrimTrac IT Service Continuity Project
- WorkCover Corporation, South Australia for Project Harry
- Australian Electoral Commission for their Virtual Tally Room project
- Department of Business and Innovation - Information Victoria for their VPSHubproject
- National Library of Australia for their Trove project
2011 Government 2.0 Award finalists
- Guy Sigley, Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA)
In an era when many leaders were questioning the value of social media and struggling to come to terms with its business potential, Guy and his team’s vision and leadership saw CFA breaking new ground in Web 2.0 communications. CFA had a traditional approach to social media and Guy and his team worked diligently and strategically to educate CFA members about the value of Web 2.0 from a business perspective.
- Kym Charlton, Queensland Police Service
The natural disasters that faced Queensland during late 2010 and early 2011 demonstrated the leadership qualities and performance of Executive Director Kym spearheaded the Queensland Police Service’s use of online communications, ensuring a timely and accurate dialogue with the public. Her use of social media highlighted the value of such tools in emergency management, as well as in engaging the community for their feedback, experience and expertise.
- Maria Katsonis, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
Maria is the Principal Adviser Public Administration in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has shown superior leadership in the development of the Government 2.0 Action Plan and is the driving force behind the implementation of Action Plan initiatives across the Victorian Public sector. Maria has excelled in bringing people across the VPS together and promoting new ideas and approaches to public policy through using Government 2.0.
2011 ICT Professional of the Year Award finalists
- Joint Operations Command J6 Branch, Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Department of Defence
Headquarters Joint Operations Command J6 staff, in collaboration with other defence support organizations, managed the design of a solution, procurement of equipment and installed a complex ICT solution in Uruzgan Province. In addition, the team coordinated the necessary manpower and training of 100+ personnel to manage this new network. The J6 Branch’s initiative has made a significant contribution to stabilisation, reconstruction and mentoring efforts of the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan.
- Peter Priddle, Defence Materiel Organisation
As Director Logistics Systems Program Office (DLOGSPO) in the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Peter had a strategic role in the implementation of the replacement Defence Logistics ERP system in 2010. His exemplary negotiating skills brought together the resources and efforts of various groups within Defence to achieve an outstanding outcome. The strategic leadership of this initiative, while maintaining day-to-day service management of over 30 other systems, was particularly difficult given the number of key stakeholders. His successful management of relationships with senior representatives across Defence was integral to realising the benefits of the investment made in this project by the Commonwealth.