Recognition for annual report excellence

Four people, one holding a certificate

Our 2020-2021 Annual Report has been acknowledged as one of the best produced by a small agency within the State Public Service. At the annual W.S. Lonnie Awards held in Perth recently, the GSDC received a bronze award for last year’s publication.

Our mention was in the small agency category, for those with fewer than 100 employees. CEO Natasha Monks said the recognition was a tribute to the professionalism of the Commission’s staff.

“In agencies our size, all staff make a contribution to the production of the annual report,” Ms Monks said. “Achieving this award is testament to the teamwork that we put into practice every day.”

The WS Lonnie Awards were established in 1984 following a bequest from Mrs H.L. Lonnie in memory of her late husband Mr W.S. Lonnie MC CBE MVO. Mr Lonnie had a long and distinguished career in the State Public Service, culminating in his final post as Under Secretary of the Premier’s Department during the premiership of Sir Charles Court.

Categories in the awards include best report of the year, and trophies for reports in general government and in the government enterprise sector. Three categories of general government agencies (small, medium and large) are recognised with gold, silver or bronze awards.

We are in the small agency category, which includes other regional development commissions and agencies such as the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Economic Regulation Authority. The Small Business Development Corporation and the WA Electoral Commission won gold and silver respectively in the category.

The judges commented that the GSDC Annual Report 2020-2021 was well-structured with clearly focused messaging. They said the report had an open feel with plenty of positives for the region, the narrative was engaging, reporting in KPIs was credible and the discussion of the implementation of the SW Native Title Settlement to Noongar people was wonderful.

Photo: GSDC staff at the W.S. Lonnie Awards, from left: Marketing and Content Project Officer Ashleigh Ellis, Communications Officer Steve Pontin, Deputy CEO Jarrad Gardner and Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Gibbon.

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