IIA-Australia Awards

Bob McDonald Award

The Bob McDonald Award is named in honour of the first Australian to hold the position of International Chairman of the global IIA-Australia and of his outstanding contribution to the profession of internal audit.

First presented in June 2004, the inaugural recipient of the Bob McDonald Award was Frank Bowles CIA FIIA(Aust). To date, recipients of this prestigious professional award are:

  • 2016: Cathy Blunt PFIIA CIA 
  • 2015: Gary Anderson PMIIA CIA CRMA 
  • 2014: David Lawler PFIIA CIA 
  • 2012: Peter Roebuck MIIA(Aust) 
  • 2011: Maree Patane PMIIA CIA CRMA and Bill Middleton PFIIA CIA CRMA
  • 2009: Jocelyn Newton FIIA(Aust) 
  • 2008: Bruce Turner AM PFIIA CGAP CRMA 
  • 2007: Michael Parkinson PFIIA CIA CRMA and Richard Norris MIIA(Aust) 
  • 2006: Glen Laslett PMIIA CIA CCSA CRMA 

Nominations can be submitted at any time for the Bob McDonald Award although there is a formal call for nominations once a year. To nominate, download and complete the following form:

Bob McDonald - Award Criteria & Nomination Form (PDF, 1146 KB)


GradCertIA Excellence Award winners

These awards were created to reward individual excellence in candidates completing the GradCertIA and aim to:

  • Encourage high level achievement
  • Recognise excellence and commitment
  • Provide a platform for professional advancement.

The GradCertIA Best Overall Performance Award, proudly sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation, is awarded to the student who excelled across all four modules of the GradCertIA throughout their study.

This was presented to:

  • 2017: Kylie Milliken, Risk and Compliance Officer, Children’s Health Queensland
  • 2016: Matthew Tolley, Director, Practice Management, Department of Human Services
  • 2015: Leanne Marie Toby, Professional Risk and Development Manager, Guild Insurance
  • 2014: Bree Hogan, Senior Compliance Analyst, Telstra Corporation

The GradCertIA Achievement Award, proudly sponsored by Woolworths acknowledges a student who has shown the greatest improvement over their course of study.

This was presented to:

  • 2017 Sarah Humphris, Internal Auditor, Queensland Country Credit Union
  • 2016: Justin Boyd, Manager, Compliance & Audit, Qsuper
  • 2015: Helen Lam, Regional Risk and Compliance Auditor, Berkley Re Australia
  • 2014: Sheila Bulandran, Senior Internal Auditor, Capricorn Society Ltd

John Blackman Award

The annual John Blackman Award is named after the first President of the NSW Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia.

The aim of the John Blackman Award is to demonstrate the Institute's commitment to the highest standards of professional practice in internal auditing.

The Award recognises the achievement by an Australian candidate in passing the CIA® examinations (all four parts – 1990 to 2001; three parts – 2015+) without failures and excellent scores.

The inaugural winner in 1990 was Dennis Fullgrabe. Subsequent winners are:

2015: James Manning 1997: Magdalena Au
2014: Robert Magistrado 1996: George Edwards
2001: Julie Crisp 1995: Robert Overell
2000: Shane McCarthy 1994: Michael Parkinson
1999: Cameron Duck 1993: Sean Kelly
1998: Peter Coon 1992: Mary Hoare

1991: Darryl Butler

The Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service award

The Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service award was established in honour of Victor Brink, one of The IIA’s founders, and its recipients demonstrate outstanding service to the profession through participation in IIA activities.
  • 2011: Robert (Bob) Norman McDonald OAM PFIIA CIA CGAP
  • 2015: Michael John Parkinson PFIIA CIA CRMA 

The Certificate of Honors

The Certificate of Honors is one of the prestigious William S Smith Awards for Outstanding CIA Examination Performance.

The Smith Awards are named in honour of the first Chairman of the Board of Regents, who was a driving force behind the development of the CIA Program. Consideration for the Smith awards is based on a candidate's performance on the core  parts of the CIA exam (Parts I , II and III). 
  • 2014: Robert Magistrado (NSW)
  • 2011: Stuart Hay (Vic) 
  • 2004 :Matthew McDonald (NSW) and Donna Smith (Qld)
  • 2001: Julie Crisp (NT)

Certificate of Excellence

1994 Michael Parkinson (the first Certificate of Excellence for performance as a CIA candidate internationally).