Department wins at the IPAA(WA) Awards

IPAA award winners Ruth Charles and Peter Lonsdale
​Ruth Charles with her award and Peter Lonsdale, A/Director of Aboriginal Housing Services and former Director of Housing Programs, with the Department's collaboration award

​The quality of the Department of Housing’s programs and people have been highlighted by two wins at the 2014 Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA’s Achievement Awards announced on Friday.
The East Kimberley Development Package (EKDP) Transitional Housing Program won in the Best Practice in Collaboration between Government and Non-government Organisations category and Ruth Charles, Program Manager, walked away with the inaugural Leader of the Year Working within a Division/Team/Organisation award.
“I am lucky to have had so many opportunities to develop professionally in the public sector at both a state and federal level,” Ruth Charles said.
“My achievements at the Department would not have been possible without the amazing teams that I’ve had the good fortune to work with. I am also very grateful for the mentorship of our senior management team here that has allowed me to grow and develop as a leader.”
The Leader of the Year award recognises an individual that has demonstrated excellence in leading a team to meet designated objectives and outcomes in the interests of the public service and advancing excellence within the sector.
The East Kimberley Development Package (EKDP) Transitional Housing Program is a partnership with both Community Housing Limited (CHL) that manage the properties and the Wunan Foundation that provides the support services.
“The Best Practice in Collaboration award demonstrates the importance of partnerships for the Department and how effectively we have collaborated with CHL and Wunan to develop and deliver an important affordable housing solution for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley,” Director General, Grahame Searle said.
“This award is not only an acknowledgment of our ability to effectively collaborate with our partners, but internally as well. The success we have had with the Program is due to the work of many people across the Department and a true example of the excellent team work among all our divisions.”
The EKDP Transitional Housing Program provides stable, affordable housing to motivated Aboriginal people to help them develop independence and take a significant step towards creating personal wealth and achieving home ownership. It has also previously won a Premier’s Awards in 2013.
The IPAA(WA) Achievement Awards aim to recognise individual and organisational excellence in public service. There were a total of 15 awards presented on Friday.

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