Australian Government ICT Awards Program

'Inspiring agencies to excel and achieve'

The Department of Finance administers a suite of Awards to recognise and promote excellence, innovation and professionalism in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The Australian Government introduced the ICT Awards Program in 2006 to recognise the most outstanding initiatives in eGovernment and to promote excellence in the use of ICT across all Australian Government agencies (Federal, State & Territory, and Local).

Since their establishment the Awards have been expanded to recognise outstanding professionalism by teams or individuals working in ICT in the Australian Government arena and to recognise outstanding practice in the use and impact of digital tools and social media.

2015 Australian Government ICT Awards - Winners announced

The 2015 Excellence in eGovernment Award, the ICT Young Professional of the Year Award, ICT Professional of the Year Team Award and ICT Professional of the Year Awards were presented at the CeBIT ICT Gala Dinner & Awards dinner on 6 May, on behalf of the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann.

The Australian Government ICT Awards program is a tribute to the work being undertaken in the ICT arena by government agencies across Australia. They showcase how Government is continually adapting to the digital age and harnessing new technology to better connect and serve the Australian community.

Excellence in eGovernment Award

2015 Overall Excellence in eGovernment Award & Service Delivery Category Award Winner

Australian Taxation Office for myTax

The Australian Taxation Office’s new myTax product has transformed the customer experience for taxpayers with straightforward tax affairs through the creation of an on-line personalised tax return experience for self-preparers. This makes participation in the tax system as easy as possible for these customers and minimises the cost and time involved in meeting this obligation. Customers are presented with a pre-populated tax return that requires minimum input to complete and lodge. The experience for this customer group has changed from one where they are required to navigate a full income tax return product, to one that is tailored to their individual circumstances.

Applications Development Category

Department of Immigration and Border Protection for eMedical

eMedical is an initiative of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) which to date has processed more than 1.3 million Australian immigration health cases, delivering substantial savings and efficiencies to government, enhanced integrity and improved client service. A ground breaking initiative, this system, designed and delivered by DIBP in conjunction with CIC, is now used to process Australian, Canadian and New Zealand immigration health examinations in over 140 countries, demonstrating what can be achieved in practical terms when international government agencies cooperate for common outcomes.

Geospatial Category

Wyndham City Council, Victoria for their Crowd Sourced Transport Plan

Wyndham City continues to rapidly expand - making traffic congestion and lack of effective multi-modal transport options key resident concerns. The Wyndham Integrated Transport Strategy (WITS) is a multi-year project aimed at defining a clear and robust framework for the future planning and development of the local transport system. To undertake data analysis and evidenced-based policy development, a mobile app Travel Diary was developed and released publicly. The app captures travel metrics including mode, location, purposes for all participating community members. Additionally, an augmented reality app Travel View was developed to enable better ground-based data visualisation and informed decision making.

Government 2.0 Category

Health Services Information Agency, Queensland for their The Viewer integrations

The Viewer provides the most comprehensive perspective of clinical information related to patient care in Queensland Health. It provides clinicians with immediate access to vital, real-time clinical information regardless of where a clinician or patient is located within Queensland. Clinicians are now able to see a state-wide view unrivalled in any other system. Essential information including diagnosis, laboratory results, radiology reports and medication profiles is provided in a single consolidated web-based view. As a result, access to patient information is easier giving clinicians more time with patients and less time searching and sourcing information.

ICT Professional of the Year Awards

ICT Young Professional of the Year Award

Benjamin Nicholls, Department of Education and Training, Queensland

Benjamin manages a team of engineers which holds the responsibility of service delivery to all client sites based within a geographically challenging area of operations in Queensland. Benjamin and his team are responsible for School and Corporate connectivity throughout Queensland and are often faced with challenges in delivery through both the physical and financial diversity of their business. An example of one of the challenges successfully faced by Benjamin followed the Bundaberg Flood emergency. Benjamin was responsible for providing an innovative solution, using Satellite technology to provide a stable school environment for children who had gone through a traumatic event.

ICT Professional of the Year Team Award

Interactive Learning Solutions, Shared Services Centre, Canberra

The Interactive Learning Solutions (iLS) team in the Shared Services Centre has implemented a Learning Management System (LMS), called LearnHub, for use by government agencies. Through consultation with learning and development practitioners across the APS it became evident that many organisations did not have an effective LMS and that many agencies were replicating effort to develop eLearning programs the content of which was standard across the APS. The introduction of LearnHub enables agencies and the Commonwealth Government to achieve significant savings in the learning technology space, while reducing duplication of training materials and improving consistency across the APS.

ICT Professional of the Year Award

Ann Yardley, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland

Ann Yardley is an accomplished professional who commenced her IT career 16 years ago.  Currently the Manager of ICTS Business Solutions and Strategy, Ann has also held other Management positions within the organisation which has underpinned her ability to understand the business and political climate of the organisation. Combined with her leadership style, strategic insight, and application of modern digital technology she has inspired an agile and innovative culture ensuring an effective interface between the ICTS and the business. Ann’s combination of business focus and implementation, of new approaches to solving problems, and the delivery of new functionality has transformed not only the information and communications component of council, but the business itself.


Excellence in eGovernment Award

Australian Bureau of Statistics Canberra for their Data by Region project

Australian Law Reform Commission Sydney for their Law Reform WiKi

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Queensland for their Sortli Smartphone Application

Department of Human Services Canberra for Online Claims

Department of Immigration & Border Protection for ImmiCard

Geoscience Australia for GA Explorer

Sunshine Coast Council Queensland for their SCC Disaster Hub

ICT Young Professional of the Year

Byron Ainsworth, Department of Social Services

Spiros Lefteriotis, Bureau of Meteorology

Jessie Richardson, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Chris Triner, Department of Social Services

ICT Professional of the Year Team Award

Daylight Savings Initiative Team, Department of Human Services

Information and Technology Services Unit, Retirements Benefits Fund Tasmania

ICT Professional of the Year

Elena Pereira, City of Holdfast Bay South Australia

Jason Wright, Department of Human Services

Want to know more about the Awards available?

There are two streams in the Awards program, the Excellence in eGovernment Awards which recognise specific project initiatives, and a suite of Awards which recognise individual and/or team based practices. Nominations are accepted from all spheres of government across Australia, Federal, State & Territory and Local Government.

  1. Project based Awards

    Excellence in eGovernment Award
    Recognises the most outstanding initiatives in eGovernment across a number of ICT disciplines.

  2. Individual and/or team based Awards

    Government 2.0 Innovator
    This Award was incorporated into the ICT Professional of the Year Award in 2014.

    ICT Professional of the Year Awards
    Recognises outstanding achievement by a team and/or an individual in any ICT discipline.

    ICT Young Professional of the Year Award
    Recognises outstanding achievement in any ICT discipline by an individual who is 35 years of age or under.

    Women in ICT Awards
    The Women in ICT Awards took place in 2010 as a joint venture by the Department of Finance and Dell Australia to recognise excellence across a number of categories centred on the attraction, retention and progression of female ICT talent within the Australian Public Service. 

Would you like more information?

Please email eGovernment Awards Coordinator or phone 02 6215 3060. We look forward to hearing from you.