The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) today announced that its Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, has won a 2016 Leadership in Government Award.

Commissioner Pascoe was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award, presented by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), in Canberra on 24 November 2016.

Modelled within the framework of United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Leadership in Government Awards recognise exceptional leadership and leaders whose work builds stronger economies, stable nations and prosperous communities.
Commissioner Pascoe said she was surprised, and extremely proud, to receive the award.

“Public administration, particularly within the Australian Public Service, attracts many committed, high calibre individuals,” Ms Pascoe said.

“It truly is an honour to be recognised as a leader within this sector.

“I would like to thank CAANZ and the judging panel for acknowledging the contribution of many public administrators over a number of years.

“It’s humbling to be considered a leader by this judging panel – a group of exemplary public servants and academics who have contributed a great deal to our communities.

“I would also like to acknowledge the Australian Government’s support of the ACNC, and of course, my colleagues at the ACNC.

“This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of my colleagues at the ACNC, and I represented them at the award ceremony with great pride.”

The ACNC Advisory Board Chair and UNICEF Australia CEO, Tony Stuart, congratulated Commissioner Pascoe.

“I am delighted that Susan Pascoe’s exceptional leadership of the ACNC has been acknowledged by this prestigious award,” Mr Stuart said.

“Over the last five years Susan and her team have established a world class charity regulator committed to supporting a sustainable and innovative not-for-profit sector, tackling abuse, and cutting red tape.”

More information about the awards and the judging panel can be found

Ms Pascoe was the inaugural Commissioner of the ACNC. Prior to this appointment, she was Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria and one of three Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires.

Ms Pascoe’s earlier career was in education where she participated in state, national and international efforts to improve the quality and equity of school education. She also served as President of the Australian College of Educators, CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chief Executive of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

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