Richard Court

Richard Court

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    Premier's Awards acknowledge excellence and innovation in the public sector

    8/11/2000 10:45 AM
     
    8/11/00

    The efforts of State Government agencies in areas as diverse as health services, law and order, education and sport and recreation have been highlighted in this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

    Premier Richard Court this morning presented the awards, describing the winners as reflecting a dynamic and innovative public sector that was continually striving to better meet the needs of the Western Australian community.

    “The WA public sector is showing greater professionalism, greater productivity and greater co-operation within its own ranks and with the wider community,” Mr Court said.

    The awards are now in their fifth year and this year 142 applications were received from 64 public sector agencies and organisations.

    Mr Court said the awards were recognition of the level of excellence in WA public sector agencies and also aimed to stimulate innovative projects and creative leadership.

    “The activities and work practices of Government employees can, for example, have a significant effect on people lives, the success of the private sector and how our overall community functions,” the Premier said.

    “In a small way, these awards acknowledge that and highlight examples of the good work being done.”

    2000 CATEGORY WINNERS
    • Quality Improvement

    WINNER: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    For The Medical Emergency Team

    With the creation of its innovative Medical Emergency Team, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has established itself as a leader in emergency preparedness. The team, an exciting, alternative approach to the management of cardiac arrests, was implemented in September 1998. Since that time, the hospital has demonstrated significant service improvements for its customers and effectively reduced the numbers of cardiac arrests.
    • People Management

    WINNER: MINISTRY OF SPORT AND RECREATION
    For The Arena

    The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is now at the forefront of office technology with the implementation of its new Intranet site: The Arena. The driving force behind the development of The Arena was the need to improve productivity and devote more time and resources to meeting customers’ needs. The Arena has added some $900,000 per annum of net office productivity - the equivalent of 16 to 20 extra staff. This increased capacity has had a major impact on staff morale and the Ministry’s ability to deliver quality programs to its customers.
    • Economic Development

    WINNER: FISHERIES WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    For The Shark Bay Prawn Managed Fishery

    Fisheries WA and the prawn fishers of Shark Bay have forged a remarkable long-term alliance to manage the most productive prawn fishery in WA. Today, the Shark Bay Prawn Managed Fishery is providing a significant and sustainable financial contribution to the State valued at $32 million per annum. As the major employer in the Gascoyne region, the fishery generates in excess of 300 jobs. Other economic benefits are generated from exports, boat building and maintenance, and the sale of prawn licences.
    • EEO and Diversity

    WINNER: THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WA DEPARTMENT OF TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT AND MURDOCH UNIVERSITY

    For The Overseas Trained Teachers’ Orientation Program

    A shortage of teachers who reflect the cultural diversity of our communities has prompted the Education Department, in partnership with the Department of Training and Employment and Murdoch University, to develop a special orientation program that recognises the qualifications of overseas-trained teachers. The project was developed to promote EEO and Diversity and ensure that overseas-trained migrant teachers were able to utilise their skills and experience within the WA educational system.
    • Services to Regional and Remote Clients

    WINNER: THE MINISTRY OF SPORT AND RECREATION
    For The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

    Since The Ministry of Sport and Recreation’s Country Sport Enrichment Scheme was launched in 1998, more than 35,000 Western Australians from Kununurra to Esperance have had the opportunity to see WA’s sporting icons in action and learn from them in coaching clinics.
    • Change Management

    WINNER: WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE SERVICE - MIDLAND POLICE DISTRICT
    For Restructuring of the Midland District Office

    Of their own accord, the officers of the Midland Police District created change with strategies that fit the local environment. The improvements resulted in the establishment of a new Crime Management Unit consisting of crime cars, crime desk, and improved investigative practices. The district has improved its service delivery and the community and its leaders have discovered new faith and satisfaction with the Police Service. Most significantly, the changes at the district have resulted in a safer community by reducing crime by an impressive 10 per cent.
    • Customer Focus

    Winner: TRANSPORT
    For Moving With Our Customers

    The Department of Transport is striving to ensure that the widest range of customers is able to access public transport with independence and dignity. Because one in five Western Australians has some form of disability that makes them reliant on public transport, the Department has developed Going Out and Getting There - a 140-point Action Plan for Accessible Public Transport for People with Disabilities in Perth. The plan identifies accessibility issues and solutions, and was developed in consultation with people with disabilities. Taken together, the accessibility improvements in bus, rail, ferry and taxi services, as well as the pedestrian environment, spell better transport options for all Western Australians.
    • Innovation

    WINNER: THE GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA EUROPEAN OFFICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND TRADE

    For Western Australia: The Land of Plenty

    The Government of Western Australia European Office and the Department of Commerce and Trade organised an innovative and highly successful 10-day UK promotion of WA food products. In addition to being recognised as the category winner for Innovation, Western Australia -The Land of Plenty has been awarded the 2000 Premier’s Award for Excellence.

    Held in September 1999, the trade promotion involved an unprecedented partnership between five Government agencies, 54 WA companies and Selfridges & Co, one of Europe’s most prestigious food retailers. During the in-store promotions in London and Manchester, Selfridges reported sales of $500,000 of WA food, wine and wildflowers.

    Media contact: Casey Cahill 9222 9475