7 March 2017
In March 2017 it will be 10 years since Allison Sudradjat died tragically in 2007 in a plane crash in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where she was preparing for a visit to several Australian aid programs. Allison was a dedicated diplomat, aid worker and humanitarian, is remembered for her compassion and commitment to improving the lives of men and women in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. A passionate AusAID officer, Alison had an extraordinary impact on her colleagues, both in Canberra and at the two Australian missions of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. She is respected and admired as an inspirational leader.
Allison was deeply passionate about education as one of the pillars of development. In her 18 years with AusAID, she poured her significant energy into education activities and dedicated her life to humanitarian work. Her intellectual and practical approach to the challenges of development was truly extraordinary.
In memory of Allison, the Allison Sudradjat Prize was established, providing six Australia Awards Scholarships each year to outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders. Four scholarships are awarded in Indonesia and two are awarded in Papua New Guinea. So far, twenty Papua New Guinean’s have been awarded her prize.
In commemoration of Allison Sudradjat, Australia Awards in PNG have produced a short video that interviews some of the Papua New Guinean recipients of the Allison Sudradjat Prize; Alexander Rheeney and Pamela Toliman. These Papua New Guineans were awarded the prize based on their outstanding leadership qualities. In this video, they share their experiences as recipients of the Allison Sudradjat Prize and how they have made an impact in their respective communities and fields of work.
The Australia Award Allison Sudradjat Prize is a way that Allison’s hard work for education and contributions to development can continue in her name.
Lest we forget.