2019 Public Sector Innovation Awards

The 2019 Public Sector Innovation Awards will open for nominations on Monday 18 February 2019.  These Awards have been held annually since 2016 to recognise, celebrate and share innovative work in the Australian Public Service (APS) and ACT Public Service.

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.

2019 Awards Key Dates (* indicates date to be confirmed))

  • 18 February - Nominations open
  • 26 February - Official launch of the 2019 Awards 
  • 28 April - Nominations close; assessment begins
  • 10 June - Assessment ends; finalists announced
  • 2 July - Launch of Innovation Month
  • 10 July* - Pitch training for finalists 
  • 23 July* - The Pitch presentations from finalists 
  • 31 July - Innovation Awards ceremony at Questacon, as a finale to Innovation Month 2019

Why nominate?

Have you or your colleagues been involved with trying to design and deliver better, more 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: Citizen Centred Innovation, Digital and Data; and Culture and Capability. There will also be a Judges' Award for a nomination that stands out from the crowd. For descriptions of these categories click here.

Assessment and recognition

Nominations are shortlisted through a two-stage assessment process. Shortlisted applicants will give a presentation to a panel of judges on 23 July 2019 (tbc). Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony to be held at Questacon as a finale to Innovation Month 2019.


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