Two of the department’s Senior Executive Staff, Nicola Hinder and Matthew Koval, were awarded Public Service Medals (PSMs) as part of the Australia Day Honours List.
Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Daryl Quinlivan, congratulated Nicola and Matthew on this much-deserved recognition.
“Two of the 10 PSMs awarded to Federal public servants yesterday were to our staff, which is an excellent achievement for the department,” Mr Quinlivan said.
“Nicola was recognised for her contributions to biosecurity management, as part of work to safeguard our valuable agricultural industries.
“She managed the biosecurity risks of events such as the sending of parcels of sunflower seeds from the site of the MH17 crash to relatives of the victims, the detection of exotic timber borers imported from China, multiple detections of Brown marmorated stink bugs and of Dengue mosquitoes and the response to the threat of the Ebola virus.
“Nicola has also supported trade and a competitive and profitable Australian agricultural sector, including in her current role as the department’s Agricultural Counsellor in Brussels.
“Matthew Koval was recognised for his work to advance Australian agriculture.
“Key areas of his work include drought policy reform, research and development policies and the reform of access to agriculture and veterinary chemicals, which have substantially benefitted our agricultural industry.
“His work in maintaining effective relationships with the European Union and the Australian Beef industry have resulted in the development of a proposal for supplying high quality, grain-fed beef to the European Union under an otherwise inaccessible quota arrangement—a market worth more than $150 million each year for Australian beef exporters since 2010.
“I commend both Nicola and Matthew for their awards and their continued efforts for a portfolio that is vital to our country’s ongoing success.”
Further information as available at Australian Honours Lists