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ANZSOG alumni rewarded for service in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

20 June 2021

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Three ANZSOG alumni have been recognised for their contribution to the community and commitment to public value, including as part of Australia’s response to COVID-19, in the 2021 Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours.

This is in addition to ANZSOG Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith being awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to public administration, and to public sector leadership and education.

Professor Smith said he was delighted that ANZSOG alumni had been recognised for their professionalism and dedication, and role in delivering public value.

“The value of a high-quality public service has been demonstrated by Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand’s successful responses to COVID-19, and it has been great to see so many of our alumni in the frontline of that response,” he said.

The ANZSOG alumni awarded were:

Dr Gillian Ann Sparkes (VIC): was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to environmental sustainability, and to public administration. Dr Sparkes is a graduate of Towards Strategic Leadership in 2010, and currently serves as Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

Chris Faulkner (Commonwealth): was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to complex development of policy in support of Australians with a disability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Faulkner is currently a general-manager at the National Disability Insurance Agency and was part of the 2008 cohort of the Executive Master of Public Administration.

Jenny Atta (VIC): was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to strategic social policy reform and delivery in Victoria. – Ms Atta is secretary of Victoria’s Department of Education and Training and completed the Executive Fellows Program in 2011.

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