Miner Gina Rinehart Pools Support After Recipients Strike Gold

“It’s been a huge privilege in terms of making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities,” she said of her role at the NDIA, which involved overseeing the program’s sometimes controversial implementation.

“There are now over half a million people in the program, and it’s also very rewarding to see the children getting the early intervention and support they need. And also to see the NDIS contribute to building a more inclusive Australia,” Ms Nugent said.

She still has plenty to do with roles that include a seat on the board of the Garvan Institute for Medical Research and insurer IAG.

ACCC President Rod Sims.Credit:Louie Douvis

Outspoken competition regulator Rod Sims has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration in economic policy and regulation. This includes his 11 years at the competition and consumer protection agency which he leaves on March 20 this year.


Although he is best remembered for the ACCC’s Global Digital Platforms Inquiry, which introduced competition regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook, Mr Sims’ influence dates back to his pivotal role in Fred Hilmer’s landmark competition report of the 1990s. This also includes his success in imposing fines for corporate wrongdoing.

According to Sims, when he joined in 2011, a $1 million penalty was considered high. Last year, the ACCC imposed a $50 million fine on Telstra, a $125 million fine on Volkswagen and $150 million on a vocational education company.

“The massive increase in these penalties has dramatically increased the effectiveness and compliance of Australian consumer law, which I think is really great and a big change,” he said.

But as Mr. Sims prepares to release in March, there’s still work to be done. This includes a discussion paper in late February on whether or not they should be upfront rules, about what digital platforms can and can’t do. But he is satisfied with what has been achieved so far.

“We did a lot of work on apps, ad tech and search. Not to mention the news media trading code, which I think was an amazing success,” he said.


Other notable winners this year include News Corp veteran John Hartigan, former Coca-Cola chief executive Amatil Alison Watkins, Rugby Australia director – and former Future Fund custodian – Dr Jane Wilson, as well as former Cochlear Chairman Rick Holliday-Smith.

Mr Hartigan was appointed AO for services to the media industry and sport, which went hand-in-hand with his powerful role at the helm of Rupert Murdoch’s Australian media organization News Ltd.

Mr. Hartigan has also been recognized for his service to Indigenous welfare through roles that include that of Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Indigenous students in Australia with News Corp backer, billionaire Andrew Forrest. , BHP and Qantas.

Mr Holliday-Smith was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to business, including chairmanship of Snowy Hydro Ltd. for over a decade.

Ms Watkins was also made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for her significant service to business through leadership roles which saw her become one of the few women to achieve the rank of Chief Executive Officer. one of Australia’s 50 largest companies.

She became a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the first female chancellor of the University of Tasmania in its 130-year history.

Alison Watkins is one of the few women to lead a company in the ASX Top 50 with her role at Coca-Cola Amatil.

Alison Watkins is one of the few women to lead a company in the ASX Top 50 with her role at Coca-Cola Amatil. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“I have seen women take on more and more leadership roles in the nearly 30 years I have worked,” she said after being given the chancellorship.

“I think it’s a very important part of improving the sustainability and diversity of all of our organizations, so it’s a wonderful privilege.”

Dr. Jane Wilson received an AO for her distinguished service to business, government, as well as health, aged care and education.

This includes roles on the boards of Transurban and Sonic Healthcare. She was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland.

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