Simon Rosenberg commenced his career in the Canberra community sector in the early 1980s. Later he held senior positions in ACT Government, followed by several years at Senior Executive level in the Commonwealth Government. He has developed social policy, and managed or delivered national and ACT programs, including homelessness, Indigenous housing, mental health and disability, alcohol and drugs, child care, youth services, justice and corrections, and problem gambling.
Simon returned to the community sector in 2008, and has been CEO of Northside Community Service since 2011. Simon and Northside strongly advocate the community sector developing closer partnerships with government, and service users, on policy development.
PUBLIC SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Simon was awarded the Institute's Public Service Excellence Awards in 2014 for advancing the quality of community services in Australia. The Public Sector Awards are presented to public servants at different levels of governance who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. Award recipients also receive an Adjunct Professorship or Honorary Fellowship, and David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with IGPA.
“Since its inception at a meeting of local residents, volunteers and church groups on 16 August 1976 at the Friends’ Meeting House in Turner, Northside Community Service has been a bedrock of support for the North Canberra community and a benchmark for quality social service provision in the ACT. Northside’s successes in the intervening years have been considerable: its work for fragile seniors through its Home and Community Care Program: the groundbreaking Northside Women’s Supported Accommodation Program; the establishment of Gungahlin Regional Community Service which was awarded the Gold Certificate for Excellence from the Australian Non Profit Association; the Civic Early Childhood Centre, and, more recently its innovative Youth engagement programme (‘Y-engage’) and broad contribution to a range of social inclusion programs across the ACT, to name just a few. In short, Northside Community Services exemplifies the best of community sector values – of respect, integrity, collaboration and innovation – and we are delighted to award them and their CEO, Simon Rosenberg, a 2014 Public Sector Excellence Award for advancing the quality of community services in Australia”.
Professor Mark Evans (Member, IGPA Awards Panel)