ANZSOG Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning), Associate Professor Catherine Althaus has been named a Fellow of the Victorian division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA Victoria).
The Victorian Fellowship is awarded in recognition of an outstanding contribution to public administration, the achievement of IPAA Victoria’s objectives, and exemplary service to the Victorian community.
The honour was announced at the IPAA Victoria Annual dinner and Fellows oration earlier this month, but Professor Althaus was unable to accept the award in person, as she was overseas teaching ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program.
Prof Althaus described the announcement as a “treasured award”.
“It is a great honour to be named an IPAA Victoria Fellow, and I thank IPAA Victoria for the recognition,” she said.
“I wish I could have been there in person to accept the award, however, ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program (EFP) has kept me and a number of high performing public sector executives, busy in Singapore.”
Prof Althaus acknowledged her colleagues and thanked practitioners across the state for their unwavering support and incredible example.
“It’s a privilege to be able to work with passionate and dedicated people on a daily basis, whose commitment to the public purpose sector inspires and motivates me every day.”
Beginning her career in the Queensland Public Service, first in Treasury and then in the Office of the Cabinet, Prof Althaus developed a perspective on the unique role played by the public service and the importance of evidence-based policy.
Throughout her career, Prof Althaus has shown a commitment to bringing theory and practice together, and in developing relationships between academics and practitioners.
Prof Althaus currently teaches in ANZSOG’s EFP, and Executive Master of Public Administration, and is leading major initiatives to recognise, respect, and embed diversity more broadly within the governments with whom ANZSOG works.
ANZSOG Dean and CEO, Professor Ken Smith congratulated Prof Althaus on her award.
“The esteemed Fellowship is a recognition of Catherine’s role as a leader and contributor to the public sector in Victoria,” Prof Smith said.
“Catherine continues to provide invaluable leadership both internally in ANZSOG’s elite public sector leadership programs – the Executive Master of Public Administration and the Executive Fellows Program, as well as externally in the broader public sector.”
Former IPAA Victoria president Gill Callister described the latest IPAA Victoria Fellows as “amazing role models to the public sector”.
“You provide a solid foundation for so many aspects of IPAA’s work.
“Our Fellows are the real ambassadors of our Institute – the women and men who guide and represent our various contributions to the public sector, mentor our younger members, inform our strategies; and help us build bridges between the different tiers of government.”
Founded in 1929, IPAA Victoria has a long and distinguished history of representing people who work in and with the public sector in Victoria.
Find out more about Prof Althaus on the ANZSOG website.