W.S. Lonnie Awards

The WS Lonnie Awards were established in 1984 following a bequest from Mrs H.L. Lonnie in memory of her late husband Mr W.S. Lonnie MC CBE MVO. Mr Lonnie had a long and distinguished career in the State public service, culminating in his final post as Under Secretary, Premier’s Department during the premiership of Sir Charles Court.

The primary vehicle for accountability in the Public Sector has been and always will be the way Public Sector agencies report their performance. The Awards recognise the importance of being accountable and transparent in a succinct and independent way.  It encourages and celebrates excellence in annual reporting, which is central to good corporate governance.

The Institute organises and host these important annual awards which recognise and highlight excellence and improved accountability standards in annual reporting across the WA State Public Sector.  This is a mammoth task as all State agencies are eligible and considered as part of the judging process.

Click here to view all W.S Lonnie Award Winners.

Judges

An independent panel of leading figures assesses all entrants against the established criteria.

CHAIR

Professor Christopher Doepel PSM
Adjunct Professor, University of Notre Dame

Professor Doepel’s professional qualifications are in law and he has had extensive experience in senior management roles. He was previously a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Australian Government. Chris was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2006 for outstanding public service in the development and implementation of legislation and policy relating to native title.

JUDGES

Dr Jim Rhoads
Director, Rhoads Bird & Associates

Dr Jim Rhoads’ involvement with the W.S. Lonnie awards spans 14 years, as an IPAA Council member and for the last five years as a judge. Jim’s professional career has two parts. For more than 30 years he was an anthropologist / archaeologist specialising in Papua New Guinea and Australian Indigenous cultures. As well, he served as a senior / executive manager with the Commonwealth and two State governments for about 11 years - specialising in strategic planning and policy development and review. Now ‘mostly retired’, Jim is involved in anthropological research though his association with UWA.

Sheryl Fewster
Director Communications Directorate, Department of Health

Sheryl Fewster has held senior Government communication positions for the past 20 years, before which she held similar positions in the private sector. She started her career in journalism and worked on newspapers in Perth and London. Sheryl is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, sits on the Curtin University School of Marketing Advisory Board, and has won many State and national Awards for Excellence in Public Relations.

Andras Berta
Associate Director, KPMG

Andras, an Associate Director, is a leader in the Perth office’s CFO (accounting) Advisory division. He has over 15 years’ experience in auditing and advising clients on accounting and financial reporting matters. His experience includes providing clients, in both the private and public sectors, with accounting advice on new standards issues, complex transactions, accounting policies, and assisting clients with “Cutting the Clutter” helping companies to improve and simplify their annual report. He is also a regular presenter at KPMG’s Public Sector Annual Accounting and Reporting seminars and other professional trainings and workshops for public sector entities. Andras is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Judging Criteria

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Awards

The W.S. Lonnie Awards are judged against the following categories across State government and each receive a bronze, silver and gold winner:

  • Category 1 - State Agency with less than 100 FTEs
  • Category 2 - State Agency with less than 1,000 FTEs
  • Category 3 - State Agency with more than 1,000 FTEs
  • Category 4 - Government Trading Enterprise Sector

Bronze Awards
Demonstrate high levels of accountability and good reporting to Parliament, the community and key stakeholder groups.

Silver Awards
Exceed the criteria and are considered to demonstrate particularly good reporting and accountability.

Gold Awards
Excel in accountability and annual reporting. Annual reports that receive this award have exceeded the requirements and are considered model reports.

Major W.S. Awards and Trophies

Margaret McAleer Special Commendation
This award is presented at the discretion of the panel for an outstanding report that, in some respect, establishes a benchmark to which others should aspire.

The Allan Skinner Trophy
Awarded to the best annual report in the General Government Sector.

The Margaret Nadebaum Trophy
Awarded to the best annual report in the Government Enterprise Sector.

The WS Lonnie Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the best annual report for the year.

Specialist Awards

 
Office of the  Auditor General Award for Transparency and Accountability
 
Joint Award led by the Department of Commerce for Occupational Safety, Health and Injury Management
 
State Records Commission Award for Excellence in Compliance Reporting
 
Ombudsman Western Australia Award for Complaints Handling
 


CPA Australia Award for Performance Reporting

 
 
Public Sector Commission Award for Good Governance
 

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Award for Chief Financial Officer of the Year

The Department of Agriculture and Food AE Gaby VC Memorial Award for Achievement of Objectives Reporting

 

Award Winners

Click here to view an archive of W.S Lonnie Award Winners.