SACS Awards for Leadership 2012

22 March 2012 By Stefan Grun

Entries Now Open

  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Not for Profit

Closing Date 14th May 2012

Last year’s Awards saw 88 nominations across the three sectors with 485 people celebrating and recognising the success of their colleagues at our Awards dinners.

Now in its seventh year, SACS has contributed $176,000 to recognise the leadership within these sectors and to invest in the further development of public sector and NFP leaders.

This year leaders may nominate for one of the below categories, it is entirely up to the organisation to determine what level they seek to nominate the individual for:


Executive Leader – this person is an established leader at the Manager/Director/CEO/Board level.

Non-Executive Leader – this person is in a leadership role that is below Manager level within their organisation.

We are seeking submissions from within the sector outlining examples of outstanding leadership which meet the following criteria:

  • Positive contribution to colleagues as a leader – enhancement of the organisation’s internal environment
  • Demonstrating leadership through innovation and creativity
  • Demonstrating the leadership qualities of integrity and positive values
  • Positive contribution to the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness

Leadership Victoria (LV) is an innovative, independent, not-for-profit organisation developing people who exercise positive and enduring leadership in and for the real world.  LV will evaluate the submissions (maximum of five pages) against the four criteria:  All criteria will be weighted equally.  The submissions will not be evaluated by SACS who will have no input into the choice of the winner of the Award, accepting Leadership Victoria’s decision.

The winner for each category will receive a prize of $7,500 to be awarded to the organisation employing the leader.  The money will be used to foster and develop leadership ability within the organisation and it will be up to the successful leader to decide how the funds are deployed. The two further finalists for each category will receive free admission to the highly successful Leadership Victoria Board Orientation programme. The top three submissions for each category including the winner will be announced at our Awards Dinner, which is on Wednesday 15th August 2012, to be held in the Grand Ballroom, Sofitel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne.

We are seeking to recognise examples of true leadership – behaviours which change the experiences of colleagues and stakeholders, and which inspire people to follow the example and guidance of the leader and to innovate and improve things themselves. 

Comments from last year’s winners/participants

“The 2011 SACS Leadership Awards dinner was a terrific opportunity to recognise some exceptional leaders in local government.  It was great in 2011 to see local government leaders recognised alongside their state government and not-for-profit colleagues, and to bring leaders across these sectors together for a great night of networking. “

Graeme Emonson, Chief Executive Officer, Knox City Council


"On behalf of Lighthouse Foundation, I applaud SACS Consulting's recognition of leadership in the not for profit sector through these awards.  I was delighted and humbled to receive this award, which acknowledges the hard work, passion and dedication demonstrated by our team and especially by our young people and carers who's lives have been transformed through our therapeutic family model of care.  This award goes a long way in supporting us to promote a more trauma informed and holistic approach to the care of homeless young people across Australia, which considers the totality of the child's experience at the individual, group, organisation and community levels which is essential for the trauma recovery of children in "out of home care" and homelessness."

Susan Barton, Founder, Lighthouse Foundation


“We had a terrific evening and it was a pleasure being in the company of so many talented people.”

Christos Roussos , Executive Director Human Resources and Communications, Eastern Health


The submissions should be a maximum of five pages, although they can be supported by other materials such as graphics, video, or other data.  They should outline the example of leadership – what the leader has done, and why their contribution is significant, as defined by the four criteria above.  A leader for the purposes of this award is typically an individual, but small teams which have acted in leadership roles also qualify.  The submission can be in any format, but must include the following:

SACS nomination checklist (

  • The category you seek to nominate your leader for;
  • An executive summary of a maximum of 100 words which sums up the essence of the submission;
  • An explanation of how the leader’s actions have satisfied each of the four criteria mentioned above;
  • At least one photograph of the leader which you are happy for SACS to use in any documents or presentations outlining the nature of the submissions.

Five hard copies of submissions should be submitted by Monday 14th May 2012 to SACS Awards for Leadership in State Government/Local Government/Not-For-Profit Sector, C\- Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, Spring St, Melbourne 3000.