Public Sector Innovation Awards

​Update on the Awards: COVID-19

The 2020 Public Sector Innovation Awards are progressing as planned, however we remain mindful of the impact that the current environment may have on the Pitch and Ceremony events in July. 

IPAA and the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN) will be working through this in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the situation. Further updates will be provided closer to the time.

Please proceed with developing your nominations through the online portal. Now more than ever is a great time to celebrate innovation and great ideas in the public sector!

Purpose of the Awards

A successful public service is one that can find new and better ways of doing things, and that can solve problems in new ways. It is one where new ideas are tried and tested, and where old approaches are phased out and replaced with new, more suitable and effective methods. It is one that is innovative.

The Public Sector Innovation Awards were created in partnership with the Public Sector Innovation Network to better recognise and celebrate the innovative work that occurs within the public service. Importantly, they provide a platform to share innovative approaches across the public service and to encourage others to adopt more innovative approaches to public administration.

Why nominate?

Have you or your colleagues been involved with trying to design and deliver better, more innovative public services? The Public Sector Innovation Awards are seeking to recognise these efforts and:

  • highlight the innovation happening within the public sector;
  • spread the good ideas that have been put into practice, and the lessons learnt; and
  • foster a culture that supports and celebrates people and agencies doing things differently.

Assessment and recognition

Nominations will be shortlisted through an assessment process, with finalists asked to give a presentation to a panel of judges.

In submitting a nomination, nominees agree that information from their nomination may be used by IPAA and the PSIN to promote the Awards, including case studies and presentations. Finalists and winners may be required to participate in post awards activities.

Awards Categories

Awards will be given in three categories: Citizen Centred Innovation, Digital and Data; and Culture and Capability. There is also a Judges' Award for a nomination that stands out from the crowd! For descriptions of these categories click here.

Eligibility

Any individual or team of a Commonwealth or ACT Government entity may nominate an initiative for the Awards, with each agency limited to 3 nominations.

Nominations can either be for yourself and any others involved in the relevant work, or for colleagues that you have seen doing innovative initiatives (with their permission). They can be large in scale and impact or small and related to iterative and nnovative work.

Nominations may be for initiatives that are quite new or well-established.  We encourage innovations that may not have been successful but where there were valuable lessons or insights.

It is at the discretion of the nominating organisation as to whether nominations are managed centrally. However, all nominations must be endorsed by an SES officer (or equivalent).

2020 Awards - Key Dates

  • Monday 16 March - Nominations open
  • Friday 15 May - Nominations close
  • Monday 22 June - Finalists Announced
  • Tuesday 2 July - Innovation Month Launch
  • Tuesday 21 July - Pitch Event
  • Thursday 30 July - Innovation Awards Ceremony

Important Information

  • Nomination Link - submit your nominations here.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs for the Innovation Awards can be found here.
  • Tips -  tips for submitting a great nomination can be found here.

Contact

For more information please contact the IPAA team at awards@act.ipaa.org.au or on 02 6154 9800.

 

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