KEDUTAAN BESAR REPUBLIK INDONESIA
Indonesia Ambassador presents the Australian Auditor-General with
the Indonesian Bintang Tanda Jasa Utama (First Class) Award
The Australian Auditor-General, Mr. Ian McPhee, has been awarded the Indonesian Bintang Tanda Jasa Utama (First Class) Award from the President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Medal was presented to Mr. McPhee at the Indonesian Embassy by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Primo Alui Joelianto, on Friday the 26th of February 2010.
The awarding ceremony was attended by: the Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs. Wiwiek Setyawati Firman; the wife of Mr. Ian McPhee, Mrs. Erica McPhee; the Deputy Auditor-General of the Australia National Audit Office (ANAO), Mr. Steve Chapman; Executive Director - IT Unit, Mr. Wayne Jones; Executive Director - Corporate Management, Ms. Anya Moore; Deputy Secretary of the DFAT, Ms. Gillian Bird; representative of the Indonesia, Regional Issues and East Timor Branch of the DFAT, Mr. John Fisher; representative from AusAID, Ms. Eloise Saif; as well as senior officers from Indonesia’s National Audit Agency (BPK-RI) plus provincial and central Parliament Members who happened to be in Canberra for the Parliamentary Financial Scrutiny Course for Indonesia organized by the Center for Democratic Institution (CDI).
The Auditor-General received this award as an acknowledgement that in his position as head of Australia’s National Audit Office Mr. McPhee has contributed much for bilateral relations and capacity-building in the field of national budget management as well as helping with the constitutional role and performance of Indonesia’s National Audit Agency.
Mr. Ian McPhee many contributions towards Indonesian development have included: being a member of the Advisory Group for the BPK in auditing the financial aid for the tsunami- and aid-stricken areas in Aceh and Nias; part of the pilot project in risk-based performance auditing and financial auditing; helping the formulation of implementation guidelines for performance and financial auditing; supporting the capacity-building of BPK’s Auditors through training and secondment; providing valuable input about the organization and role of a Public Accountability Committee in a hearing in Parliament on increasing the transparency and accountability of the national budget.
In his remarks, the Ambassador thanked Ian McPhee for his enormous contribution to Indonesia in the framework of improving bilateral relations. Ian McPhee in his remarks expressed his honor and appreciation to the Indonesian Government for having been decorated with the award which he believes reflects the strengthening of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia.