2018 Public Sector Innovation Awards

The 2018 Public Sector Innovation Awards opened on 19 February 2018. This the the third year for these successful and popular Awards. The Invitation to Nominate can be found here. For more on last year's Awards click here.

How to enter

Nominate your entry here. The nomination form is quite easy to work through, with plenty of help screens. You have until 20 April to complete your entry.

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 to better recognise and celebrate the innovative work that occurs within the public service and provide a platform to share and showcase innovative approaches across the Commonwealth and ACT Governments. A goal of the Awards is to encourage others to adopt more innovative approaches to public administration.

Call for assessors

If you would like to be an assessor at this year's Awards, go to  the Call for Assessors link for more information.

2018 Awards Key Dates

  • 19 February - Nominations open 
  • 22 February - Launch of the Public Sector Innovation Awards
  • 20 April - Nominations close
  • 7 June - Finalists announced
  • 21 June - The Pitch presentations from finalists
  • July - Awards Ceremony as part of Innovation Month 2018 (date TBC)
  • July - EY Roadshow for finalists and winners

Why nominate?

Have you or your colleagues been involved with trying to design and deliver better, innovative public services? The 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.

Eligible initiatives can be large in scale and impact, including across multiple agencies, or they can be small and relate to individual improvements. Nominations can be in the early stages of implementation through to well-established initiatives.  Nominations are also encouraged for initiatives or projects that may not have been successful, but where there were valuable lessons or insights that will inform future attempts.

Awards Categories

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

Assessment and recognition

Nominations will be shortlisted through a two-stage assessment process. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to give a presentation to a panel of judges in June 2018.


Please contact Paulette Paterson, who oversees Digital and Innovation at IPAA, on 02 6154 9800.