ANZSOG alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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  • Published Date: 11 June 2019

ANZSOG alumni members were among the latest Australians recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on Monday.

Craig Hamilton AM, Kirstine Harvie and Janet Schorer were among those named in the awards, which recognise, celebrate and say thank youto those who make a difference, who achieve their best, who serve others and whose actions have set them apart and enrich our community across a broad range of professional, public and community service fields.

Our honours help to demonstrate those values that we as a nation hold dear—compassion, civility, dedication, courage, kindness, tolerance, and energetic ambition,” the Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet said.

There are 58 awards in the Australian honours system, including the four awards of the Order of Australia which confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Craig Hamilton, a member of ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) alumni from 2011 was named a Member in the General Division (AM) for his significant service to public administration in defence policy.

While Kirstine Harvie, a member of ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program alumni from 2016, received a Public Service Medal (Queensland) for outstanding public service through the provision of human services.

Janet Schorer, the NSW Children’s Guardian, also received a Public Service Medal, for outstanding public service, particularly through the protection of children.

The EMPA 2010 alumni and member of ANZSOG’s inaugural Alumni Advisory Councilwas grateful for the honour.

"I'm truly honoured and humbled to receive a Public Service Medal today. I’m grateful for the many people who have guided and inspired me in my career, and my incredible team at the OCG. 

"Our vision of keeping children safe drives us every day."

Janet began her career as a nurse with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, before gaining qualifications as a child and adolescent psychologist.

Moving to the Department of Family and Community Services, she worked in case management combined with nursing and psychology support for people with disability and in child protection. 

Over the next few years, she gradually shifted from case work to policy and program management leading to her appointment as Director of the Director General’s Office, Family and Community Services. 

In 2014, she was appointed Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government.

Janet believes that to be effective, good programs and systems need good people, and good people need good programs and systems. 

Her viewpoints have been formed through experience in caring directly for children and adults, and in designing and running care programs.

As Children’s Guardian, Janet aims to build on the strengths of the networks of care that support children and young people in NSW so that they receive the best quality care and support throughout their young lives.

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