Presented by The Hatchery
in partnership with the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

The L.E.A.D (Leadership Excellence & Distinction) Awards are a celebration of achievement in inclusive excellence and outstanding intersectional work across the Australian Public Service.

The awards highlight innovative, impactful, and resourceful solutions implemented across the APS which have affected meaningful change in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

By recognising their accomplishments, the awards aim to inspire others to embark on their journeys toward building diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Date: 28th August 2024
Location: QT Hotel Canberra
Welcome drinks: 6.30pm AEST
Awards start: 7.00pm AEST
Dress code: Cocktail

Your L.E.A.D Awards ticket is included when you purchase a conference pass.
Get ready to indulge in a delightful three-course meal and sip on a range of refreshing beverages.

Awards Timeline

Submissions now open!

See below for details

Submissions close

5th July 2024

Finalists announced

16th July 2024

Awards presentation

28th August 2024

Awards Categories

Outstanding Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Award

Open to organisations

This award recognises an outstanding DE&I strategy that addresses a workforce challenge related to diverse or marginalised employees or the wider community.

Outstanding Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Innovation Award

Open to teams

This award recognises and celebrates an original and effective DEI initiative or innovation at a team level. This team will have significantly contributed to promoting, enabling, or embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion at its own level or within the wider organisation.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Champion Award

Open to individuals (self or other-nominated)

This award celebrates an individual who champions equity, diversity, and inclusion in their workplace. They take action to ensure your strategies, objectives, and initiatives are achieved, they make inclusion an everyday reality, and are a fearless advocate and ally for one or more diversity groups.


Submissions now open!

Submit yourself or a colleague in the Australian Public Service.

Submissions close on the 5th of July

Head Judge & Awards Partner

Professor Michelle Ryan

Prof Michelle Ryan (She/Her)

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology & Director, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, The Australian National University

A personal message from our Head Judge & Awards Partner

Dear colleagues and peers,

As Director of Julia Gillard’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL), it is my pleasure to be involved in the L.E.A.D Awards for 2024 and partner with The Hatchery to deliver these awards.

I am honoured to work closely with such a distinguished and experienced judging panel and I look forward to receiving and reading some outstanding submissions. On behalf of the judges, I wish you the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with the winners at the awards ceremony and dinner.

Michelle Ryan

Judging Panel

Rebecca Skinner PSM

Rebecca Skinner PSM (She/Her)

Former Chief Executive Officer, Services Australia & Founder,
Rebecca Skinner Advisory

Dr Rachel Bacon (She/Her)

Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Reform, and Enabling Services, Australian Public Service Commission

Jody Broun

Jody Broun (She/Her)

Yinjibarndi woman from the Pilbara in Western Australia, CEO, National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)




Justine Greig PSM

Justine Greig PSM (Sher/Her)

Deputy Secretary Defence People, Department of Defence


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Awards Process


  • You have the opportunity to nominate a colleague or peer in the Australian Public Service
  • Nominating is easy, anonymous and takes less than 1 minute
  • Nominees will be informed of their nomination and next steps

Submissions open

  • Read the specific award criteria and eligibility before submitting and answer all required questions.
  • Information within a submission is only shared with our judges and remains confidential. If we’d like to highlight a part of your submission for the awards night, we will reach out to you for permission prior.

Submissions close & applicants are shortlisted

  • All submissions are screened by The Hatchery to ensure they meet our awards criteria and eligibility requirements
  • Submissions that meet the criteria and eligibility will be put forward to our judges to confirm finalists

Finalists announced

  • If you’re made a finalist, a member of The Hatchery team will give you a call, prior to the finalist announcement, informing you of the good news.
  • This is your opportunity to purchase a ticket to our summit which includes a ticket to the awards.


  • All finalist submissions will be provided to our esteemed judging panel, who will judge against the awards criteria. Judges are required to declare any conflicts of interest, and their vote will be removed from that particular finalist to ensure the award’s integrity is upheld.
  • Judges will individually give each submission a score and feedback, where they will then reconvene as a group to be reviewed as a panel, to determine the winners.

Winners announced

  • At the awards night, we will announce one winner and one runner up, per category. They will receive a trophy and be given the opportunity to give an acceptance speech and of course celebrate with their peers.

Awards Partner

The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) was chaired and founded by the Hon. Julia Gillard AC – the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia – in 2018. We bring together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of workplace gender inequality and the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions across sectors and countries.

GIWL (pronounced “jewel”) aims to overcome a disconnect between much of the current activity in the diversity and inclusion world, and what research evidence shows is truly effective. 

We seek to bridge the gap between those who generate evidence, and those who wish to use it, and to amplify existing effective practices and solutions being applied in different countries across the globe. 

The goal is to break down silos between sectors, nations and approaches and create a community of people focused on advancing gender equality in the workplace and beyond. 

GIWL has three guiding principles:

  • Research – drawing together existing findings and undertaking new studies
  • Advocacy and engagement – bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the world
  • Practice – Translating research into evidence-based policy, practice, and training

With bases in King’s College, London and The Australian National University, Canberra, GIWL is built on a global network of researchers and partners working towards the common goal of advancing gender equality. GIWL ANU was established as GIWL’s first international base in 2018, with a focus on advancing gender equality across the Asia-Pacific region.

Awards Sponsor

Artemis Partners specialise in Strategy, Transformation and Culture.

Based in Canberra with national reach, we help leaders align their people, culture, systems and organisation to deliver on their strategy.

We can help you with strategy development, organisational alignment, workforce design, change management, program design, project management and accountability settings. Our team also offers expertise and extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic communication, and business problem-solving.

We also support leaders with Culture change, Census analysis and action planning, 360 leadership support, as well as alignment and team dynamics to support high performance. 

While we are strategic thinkers, our strength is in delivering actionable, practical solutions and applying our extensive consulting experience in tailored and agile ways to address your specific challenges, risks and opportunities.

We are a team of senior consultants and have been leading major strategic and transformational engagements for decades. When you work with us you get proven expertise, and a commitment to work with you in a more tailored and impactful way.

We offer a professional but more personal experience. We partner with you, invest in your success, and focus on bringing out the best knowledge, skills and energy in your teams as well as sharing skills and building your team’s capability.


What is the dress code for the event?


What is the difference between a nomination and a submission?

A nomination can be made by anyone who wants the chance to be recognised or recognise someone else who is deserving of one or more of the awards.
A submission is where a series of questions need to be answered by a nominee or eligible individual/team/organisation if they wish to be considered as a potential finalist or winner.

Can I nominate myself for an award?

Definitely, please enter your contact information and when submissions open, we’ll send you an email to let you know as a nominee, you can now enter a submission.

Can I make a submission on behalf of someone else?

Of course! Please ensure you have their permission prior to submitting, and make sure you select the “Submitting on behalf of someone else” check box when you’re starting the submission.

Can I submit for multiple awards?

Yes! However, please read the eligibility and award criteria carefully and tailor your answers to the criteria.

Is adding supporting documents necessary/will it increase my chances of becoming a finalist/winner?

Supporting documents are a great way of showing the judges first-hand how your individual, team or department has met the category criteria. Testimonials, videos, reports, etc. which are added to your submission, will all be reviewed by our esteemed judging panel and kept confidential.

Is it free to make an awards submission/nomination?

Yes, however you are required to hold a ticket for the awards night in order for your submission to be successful.

Do the judges read all of the submissions?

A judge will be assigned a category and will read all submissions in their category. Potential winners will be shared with all judges to review and come to a consensus on who the most deserving winner is.

Why should I enter?

This is an incredible opportunity to be recognized for your individual, team or departments work in the Australian Public Service.

Who will see the information in my submission?

The Hatchery team will review submissions for eligibility/fact checking during the shortlisting process and our esteemed judging panel will review all submissions. This information is kept private and confidential.

How will I be notified if I've been made a finalist?

Prior to the formal finalist announcement, The Hatchery will reach out to you to inform you if you’ve been made a finalist. We’ll also announce across our social media platforms and the awards website.

If I'm made a finalist, can I receive marketing materials for social media?

Yes! If you were announced as a finalist, we’ll send out a finalist seal (JPG) which can be posted on social media, added to your email signature, etc.

If I'm a finalist, do I need to attend the awards in Canberra?

We would love for you to attend the awards ceremony in Canberra on the evening of the 28th of August. Contact to purchase a ticket.

I wasn’t made a finalist or a winner, and want to know why, what information can I get?

If you reach out to, and request feedback, our team would be more than happy to provide you with feedback from our esteemed judging panel.

Still have a question?

Reach out to our team at, we’d love to help.