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Hamers Awards Thursday 16 May 2013: Part One

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The Annual Sir Rupert Hamer Awards for excellence in records management were held on Thursday 16 May 2013 at the beautiful Queens Hall, Parliament. Around 140 people gathered to share in the celebration, enjoy the nibbles, drinks and music of the Lucca Ensemble before the awards began.

As well as being the 15th year of the Hamer Awards, this year Public Record Office Victoria celebrates its 40th anniversary. These milestones are an excellent reminder of the vital role records management plays in preserving the culture and history of our state, and in holding the decisions and actions of government to account. As always, the Hamer Awards are an opportunity to celebrate this work and recognise the very best of Victoria’s recordkeeping achievements.

This year the major sponsor of the Hamer Awards was Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia. As well as supporting Public Record Office Victoria by sponsoring these awards for many years now, they play a vital role as a professional body for those in the records management field across Australia. Tim Newbegin, President of the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia Victorian Branch spoke of the importance of recognising records management excellence.

Last year Greater Shepparton City Council received a Hamer Award for their project, ‘Going Digital with Financial Information’ in the category of Regional or Rural Agency. Laurienne Winbanks from Greater Shepparton City Council spoke about their project, and the significance of the award. In particular, how winning a Hamer Award helped to raise the profile of records management at Greater Shepparton City Council at the senior management level.

Keynote speaker for the event was Grantly Mailes, who is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation and the State’s first Chief Technology Advocate.

 Mr Mailes has the responsibility for delivery of the Government’s new ICT strategy and spoke of working together with the Public Record Office Victoria. He highlighted the ever changing technological environment that information and records is managed within. Such a challenging environment meant that solutions needed to be innovative. Projects that have received a Hamer Award were examples of the kind of innovative thinking Victoria needed.    

Please see our website for the winners of this year’s Hamer Awards < http://prov.vic.gov.au/government/sir-rupert-hamer-awards/current-hamer-award-winners>

Watch out for our next Hamers blog post, coming soon.

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