Richard Sellers honoured with prestigious fellowship award

Department of Mines and Petroleum Director General receives highest National recognition award for public administration.
Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014

Prestigious National Fellow Awards presented to DMP Director General Richard Sellers 

Department of Mines and Petroleum Director General Richard Sellers was last night recognised for his outstanding contribution to the practice and study of public administration with the prestigious National Fellow Award.

Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA ) award is the highest accolade for members and has only been awarded to 200 recipients in the past 30 years.

Mr Sellers said It was humbling to be among the calibre of people who have been the past recipients of this award.

“I have been working with the IPAA over a number of years and I value the contribution it plays to development and support of the public sector,” he said.

“Recognition from our peers is the best recognition we can receive.

“This success is only possible with the support and dedication of a team of hard working people at the Department of Mines and Petroleum and I am a lucky person to have the support from those who work in the organisation.”

During the five years since his appointment Mr Sellers has implemented significant reforms and innovations that have enhanced regulatory performance and service delivery across WA’s resources sector.

A key part of his success has been his insistence on consultation and transparency in decision making as part of the administration of those initiatives.

Initiatives implemented at the department by Mr Sellers include streamlining the approval process, Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER), establishing the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, introducing the Exploration Incentive Scheme and reforms to health and safety in the resources sector

The Fellowship Award was presented at a gala dinner at Perth Convention Centre.

In June this year the Richard was also awarded the IPAA Patrons Award, highest WA award presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the State.

Previous winners of the award from Western Australia include:

2013 - Mr Colin Murphy PSM – Auditor General of Western Australia
2012 – Mr Graham Searle –Director General of Department of Housing
2012 – Dr Peter Wilkins –Deputy Ombudsman of Western Australia
2011 – Mr Eric Lumsden PSM –Chairman of the WAPC
2011 – Mr Christopher Williams –Consultant and former Director at DMP
2010 – Dr Lynn Allen –Former CEO and State Librarian 1989-2001
2007 – Dr Wally Cox PSM –Former Chair of the WA EPA
2003 – Dr Geoff Gallop –Former Premier of WA
2002 – Mr Des Pearson –Former Auditor General of WA