“Getting to Yes!”

It is not always easy to ask for approval to attend training courses or conferences, especially in the budget conscious environment we are currently in. To assist you in seeking approval from your Executive for the EXPAND conference we have created a template for you to attach along with the details for the conference and awards dinner.

Some tips for your sales pitch!
  • Professional learning and development is important to build on your skills, knowledge and experience
  • Provide your executive with details on what plans you have made to ensure the office runs smoothly while you are away and what the return on investment will be for them
  • What can you take back to the office and provide them with an update when you return so they can see benefit
  • Share what you will have learned upon returning with the other EAs in your department and Cc your Executive
  • Emphasise the importance of networking and learning with your peers and EAs from other departments in the APS

Winners of Award Categories

JENNIFER WARD
EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
OF THE YEAR AWARD
APS 2 TO APS 5
JENNIFER WARD
ATO

The winner of EXPAND EA of the year Category 1 has been in her organisation since 2008, she has an impeccable reputation for absolute professionalism and unrivalled dedication. She exemplifies the positive role of EA, is proactive in creating a professional network and developing mutually beneficial relationships. She has developed a reputation for being a highly ethical officer who places great importance and pride in being viewed as a professional and is dedicated to the achievement of best practice.

MICHELLE SMITH
EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
OF THE YEAR AWARD
APS 6 AND ABOVE
MICHELLE SMITH
EMPLOYMENT

The winner of EXPAND EA of the year Category 2 stands out in her agency due to her commitment, ethics, diligence, organisational fit, experience and business acumen. Her administrative experience, professionalism, skills and work ethic has helped to ensure the branch, and department continues to meet its goals. She significantly extends her duties beyond that of an EA to assisting in coordination and contribution to business plans, financial statements, Senate Estimates Briefs and similar corporate responsibilities. She ensures a positive culture is continually developed and maintained within her work area by overseeing events and sharing information with the teams. She is the go to person in any situation as she will go above and beyond to find an answer and to assist colleagues.

CARRIE NICOL
DOT FITZPATRICK MEMORIAL AWARD
FOR EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT MENTORING
CARRIE NICOL
HUMAN SERVICES

The winner of the 2015 Dot Fitzpatrick Memorial Award has performed administrative support roles for over 15 years. Her agency considered her a worthy recipient of this prestigious award for her outstanding commitment and passion in mentoring and supporting departmental EAs. In conjunction with her normal busy EA role, she has made it her mission to ensure all EAs through the department are fully supported in their roles through the founding of the Executive Assistant Training Committee, establishing a buddy system for new EAs, creating the EA Help email inbox, and delivery of the first classroom based training specifically for EAs in her agency. She was previously recognised as winner of the EXPAND EA of the Year Category 2-5 in 2011 primarily for her outstanding work and support when the devastating Queensland floods and cyclones occurred in 2010.