Amanda Farrar PSM, AM & Diana Jones AM, WAM
COMMUNITY FOCUS: Amanda Farrar (centre) has been recognised for her efforts in public service in community focused projects across the Northern Beaches.
Australian Museum’s Amanda Farrar Awarded Public Service Medal, Northern Beaches Review, 14 June 2022
A Northern Beaches resident with a passion for Indigenous affairs and community building has been recognised with a Public Service Medal.
Amanda Farrar is the director of Public Affairs and Development at the Australian Museum and received her award as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.
Mrs Farrar has spent twelve years in public service, six of those at the museum and six working as advisor to former NSW Premier Mike Baird, where she has excelled in leadership, dedication and determination.
She has been actively engaged in a number of place management and community building committees and groups across the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a focus on arts and culture.
“I am honoured to work for the NSW Public Service and see communities learn, grow and thrive,” Mrs Farrar said.
“Providing access to the Australian Museum’s extraordinary collections, incredible scientific research and First Nations voices is a true privilege. Every day, I experience the wonder in the eyes of our next generation as they learn about our world.”
Ms Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO, Australian Museum, said Amanda has made a significant contribution in environmental sustainability, advocating for accessibility and inclusion including championing the museum’s Reconciliation Action Plan, and fundraising strategies.
“Amanda has led with drive and commitment, patience, pragmatism and intelligence. Her efforts have ensured the Australian Museum remains a hallmark cultural institution for generations to come,” Ms McKay said.
Mrs Farrar’s leadership skills have previously been recognised through the Public Service Commission’s Leadership Academy senior executive program (2021) and the Council of Australian Museum Director’s Executive Mentoring program (2018).
She is the former Managing Director of National Geographic Channel Australia/New Zealand.