2016 Public Sector Innovation Awards

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT Division, in partnership with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN),  called for nominations for the inaugural Public Sector Innovation Awards in March 2016. The Awards, which will be held annually,  recognise, celebrate and share innovation in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The 2016 call for nominations received a great response, with 83 nominations received from across the Commonwealth government.

The winners of the Awards were announced on Wednesday 27 July. Click here for further information!

Assessment and recognition

The Awards were assessed by a team of voluntary assessors and shortlisted applications gave a presentation to a panel of judges at a pitch event in Canberra on 16 June 2016. The Awards ceremony was held on 27 July 2016 as a highlight of Innovation Month 2016.

Award winners

Award winners are currently basking in glory and have earned bragging rights for the inaugural awards. They have also received a unique trophy designed by Questacon. As well, all finalist and award winners have been provided with the opportunity to participate in a road trip to Sydney to meet with a select group of industry leaders in innovation and have their innovations showcased through case studies and presentation opportunities.

2016 Award Categories

Awards were given in four categories:


We took an idea and tried something different!

Recognising a new or improved solution to an existing problem. The solution may relate to process, to service delivery, to programmes, to policy or to regulatory approaches. It may relate to stopping doing something (a process or a service) so that a new approach can be tried


Embracing radical approaches!

Recognising new methods or new technologies, engaging with new trends or issues that will affect core work in the future, new thinking or frameworks about how core work might be done, or engaging with new partners in new ways


The people part – the key to innovation...

Recognising initiatives or contributions that help strengthen the culture and capability for innovation. This may be about supporting the innovation process, about engaging or empowering staff, or demonstrating the spirit of innovation


Digital, online and technology to innovate...

Initiatives that demonstrate the spirit of digital transformation, including providing better and easier services and interactions with citizens.

Further Information

Paulette Paterson
Digital and Innovation, IPAA
Phone: 02 6154 9800






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