Australian Honours and Awards recognise the outstanding service and contributions of Australians from all walks of life, for their outstanding contributions to society.
In education, that contribution has a huge impact on our communities which is worthy of recognition and celebration.
Public Service Medal recipient Noelene Duff has made a long and distinguished contribution to local government in Victoria.
Her extensive experience and policy influence has been regularly called upon, including as Vice President of the International City Managers Association.
As an inaugural member for the Early Years Compact Board in 2017, she has had a lasting and positive impact on the work and role both state and local governments play in improving outcomes for young children and their families.
She has also been a strong and influential advocate of gender equality in local government and is a mentor and coach to many emerging women leaders.
Noelene was amongst a list of current and former principals, teachers, education and Department staff who received medals in this year's Australia Day Honours.
Deputy Secretary of Early Childhood Education Kim Little congratulated Noelene on her award and contribution to improving outcomes for young children and their families.
'Noelene's recognition in this year's Australia Day Honours is a true testament to her drive and commitment to supporting Victorians in the early years,' Kim said.
For the full list of Australia Day Award recipients, visit: Australia day Honours List