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Women in Defence Awards
HELD at the National Arboretum in Canber- ra, the event brought close to 400 of Defence and industry’s leading women and men to- gether to recognise and celebrate the achieve- ments of 195 nominees across seven categories, including the 37 finalists and seven winners.
The Hall of Fame inductee was also an- nounced in Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Liz Cosson. After a substantial military career in Army that saw her rise to become the organisation’s first female Major General, Liz is now heading up the Depart- ment of Veteran Affairs, continuing her men- toring work for the next generation of mili- tary and Australian Public Service leaders.
She noted in her acceptance speech that when she joined the ADF in 1978 only 23 per cent of Army roles were open to women. Now, 100 per cent of roles are available for all Australians, regardless of gender.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Communications: Amanda Jane Scott of RAAF
In 2017 and 2018 Amanda worked with the Invictus Games team, liaising with stake- holders in Canada and Australia at every level of media and government to raise the profile of the ADF team.
LEGAL/CONTRACTING: Tarnya Coo- per of BAE Systems Australia
In 2018 Tarnya developed and implement- ed a ’deployment survey and quote’ mecha- nism that simplified and reduced approval time from two months to five days for de- ployment support, reducing the number of commercial transactions per annum, and generating significant savings in operation- al costs for the Commonwealth.
The winners of this year’s Women in Defence Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Canberra on July 11.
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