Awarded for Queens Birthday 2016
MR STUART HOCKING
Recommended for outstanding public service in the area of economic, social and environmental policy reform.
Stuart Hocking has excelled in leading from the centre of government to deliver ambitious reform agendas. This has included contributing to reforms to compulsory insurance for people injured in motor vehicle accidents resulting in reducing premiums paid by motorists while introducing a lifetime support scheme for those who suffer catastrophic spinal and brain injuries.
Stuart also played a key role in development of the Climate Change strategy that resulted in the announcement in 2015 of South Australia’s world-leading ambitions in carbon emission reductions notably for Adelaide to be the world’s first Carbon Neutral city and for South Australia to have net zero emissions by 2050.
Due to Stuart’s leadership these ambitious announcements were supported by a rigorous suite of policy initiatives and programme activity that are well supported within agencies and outside of government. These initiatives have been recognised globally for their ambition and credibility.
In 2015, South Australia issued its first social impact bonds following a two year process led by Stuart, that with a minimum of fuss and noise methodically overcame the significant scepticism about such financial instruments that initially existed within the public service and among possible investors and partners.
Stuart Hocking is an outstanding public servant whose vast intellect and collaborative leadership style are an asset to the public service and have resulted in key reforms in a number of different areas.
MR MARIO BARONE
Recommended for outstanding public service in the area of local government especially with regards to provision of inspiring leadership and strategic planning.
Mario has given service to the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters for two decades and has in this time demonstrated a genuine commitment to create a vibrant, progressive, prosperous and sustainable City which is responsive to Citizen’s needs.
Mario is an aspirational and compassionate leader who has empowered his employees to work together to make a difference to the community that they serve. He has highlighted service excellence amongst all his staff and a holistic approach to solving problems that is multifaceted making consideration for the many different members of the community.
As the Chief Executive he is committed to going ‘above and beyond’ which has seen the Council embark on a major journey of revitalising THE City to enhance the well-being of the community. The impact of his leadership means that every member of the organisation has the ability to think ‘big picture’ and are willing to work together to achieve long-term benefits for the community.
Strategically, Mario has led his team to significantly improve council services and facilities including the revitalising of the St Peters Precinct which has resulted in the development of a new and vibrant community space to improve the social, economic, cultural and environmental vitality of the area.
DR ANNE RATHJEN
Recommended for outstanding public service in the area of leadership and policy development towards minimisation of the impact of illicit drugs.
Dr Anne Rathjen has achieved service excellence through the leadership and management of her drug portfolio and is recognised nationally as a leader in drug strategy and policy development aimed at supply reduction and harm minimisation relative to illicit drugs.
Through her innovation, expertise and leadership Dr Anne Rathjen has set a benchmark standard for inter-agency cooperation and collaboration in support of local and national drug strategies. Her broadly acclaimed service excellence, diligence and innovation demonstrates that she is an exemplary role model and mentor to women in policing and the police services generally.
Most importantly Dr Anne Rathjen has contributed greatly to the reduction of harm to the community associated with illicit drugs. Dr Rathjen’s expertise in drug intelligence has identified new drug manufacturing techniques AND significant drug trends such as high toxicity, which have provided education and early warnings to the community of South Australia through media coverage.
Dr Rathjen recently contributed to the development and implementation of ‘Operation Post' and innovative strategy designed to identify the nature and scope of the emerging ‘on-line’ drug trade and importation of both traditional drugs and emerging psychoactive substances from overseas. This operation has delivered outstanding results and has contributed to national law enforcement policies and strategies in response to cyber drug trafficking.
Awarded for Australia Day 2016
Dr PAUL EDWIN PIGOU
For outstanding public service in the area of forensic science and achievement towards public safety.
Dr Pigou has made a major contribution to forensic chemistry in South Australia and nationally for over twenty years, His cutting-edge research into illicit drugs, clandestine laboratories, explosives and chemical warfare agents has been widely recognised and has directly improved forensic analysis capabilities across Australia and internationally.
He has a particular interest in clandestine laboratories used to manufacture illicit drugs, such as 'ice' and 'ecstasy', and is a national scientific leader in this field. The South Australian response to these laboratories is well organised and technically proficient, due in no small part to his leadership, vision and high scientific standards. His efforts have assisted law enforcement agencies to better understand and target chemicals used in illicit drug manufacture, ultimately improving court outcomes.
Of particular note is his research into two previously unknown amphetamine manufacturing methods involving uncontrolled chemicals, which resulted in him providing training at international workshops. His specialised knowledge of explosives has contributed to national counter-terrorism capabilities and he has provided expert scientific evidence integral to investigating and delivering justice in some of the State's most high-profile crimes, such as the 1994 National Crime Authority bombing and the 2006 Gladstone explosion.
He is also an exceptional educator, having mentored and trained numerous chemists in South Australia, and taught hundreds of University students. His lectures to the SA Police provide investigators with the ability to safely dismantle clandestine laboratories and, as the State's foremost resource for the analysis and identification of chemical warfare agents, he provides training to emergency services personnel.
Dr Pigou's achievements are a result of his commitment and dedication to his profession, and he is an outstanding example of a committed and selfless public servant.
Ms NERIDA MICHELLE SAUNDERS
For outstanding public service in the provision of leadership and advocacy in the area of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.
Throughout her career Ms Saunders has demonstrated outstanding service in the delivery of strategic advice on a diverse range of Aboriginal Affairs matters. Through her exemplary leadership, the South Australian Government has identified and developed innovative policies and strategies that build on community capacity and have resulted in sustained improvements for Aboriginal South Australians.
She led the consultation process, review and implementation of the new Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 2013, including overseeing a process to establish a new Aboriginal board focused on economic priorities and management of a land base of 64 titles to properties, comprising well over half a million hectares of land across regional, remote and metropolitan South Australia.
She was also instrumental in the completion of the first phase of the review and implementation of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981. This included selection of the review consultation panel and coordination of community consultations in remote areas of the APY Lands. She has also undertaken significant work on the first phase of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 review and consultation processes involving senior executives, major stakeholders and the Aboriginal community of South Australia.
She has also had a pivotal role in shaping agency Reconciliation Action Plans, actively supports constitutional amendment to recognise Aboriginal South Australians within the Constitution Act 1934, and led the consultation process to initialise the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy. This innovative policy supports the development of capable and accountable Aboriginal regional governance across the state that strengthens Aboriginal communities and promotes improved wellbeing for Aboriginal peoples.
She has been a strong voice for Aboriginal people, having earned the trust and respect of a broad spectrum of the community. Ms Saunders has been a constant force in Aboriginal Affairs in South Australia for many years and is a proven leader of distinction
MS KATHRYN VAN SCHAIK
For outstanding public service in the area of early childhood services, with a particular focus on service provision in South Australia.
Ms Van Schaik is a dedicated, passionate professional with over 35 years of experience in public and private sectors of early childhood services. She is an inspiring leader both in her work life and community, able to develop and motivate others to achieve targets, and manage projects from conception to completion.
She is responsible for initiating, developing and supporting high quality child care services in South Australia, in particular across country South Australia, and has been instrumental in forging collaboration and respect between Childcare, Pre-school and Early Intervention Services, with children as the central focus. In the 1980s child care was rare and undervalued in regional South Australia. She has championed the importance of child care and cultivated an acceptance for the need for early learning programs.
Her passion to see an increase in the number, quality and networking of sustainable services for young children and families has resulted in a range of important initiatives. These include the establishment and expansion of child care services for the Yorke Peninsula area, establishment of new 'in venue care' services in three locations in regional South Australia, and investigation of models of care appropriate to meet the needs of smaller communities.
The successful implementation of these, and other, initiatives required significant promotion and effort to engage community support. While it is now expected that childcare services will be available in regional areas, this was not always the case. It is due in large part to her efforts and contributions, and the demand for increased services is testament to the importance of her achievements.
Ms Van Schaik's contribution to Early Childhood Services across South Australia is vast, and her passion and dedication to continually seek to provide the highest level of quality child care for all South Australian children and their families is always at the forefront of her thinking and working