2016 Innovation Awards - Finalists

Congratulations to the 12 finalists in the 2016 Public Sector Innovation Awards. 

These finalists were selected from a strong field of 83 nominations from across the APS, demonstrative of the great innovation that is taking place in the public sector. Finalists presented their innovation to a panel of judges at a pitch event on 16 June. Winners were announced on 27 July 2016 during Innovation Month. See all the finalists below.

Innovative Solutions

We took an idea and tried something different!
This category recognises 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.

Organisation Name of Innovation
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Changing Recruitment in PM&C
Australian Taxation Office Small Business Fix-It Squads
Department of Defence REDWING Project

Engaging with the Edge

Embracing radical approaches!
This category recognises 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.

Organisation Name of Innovation
Geoscience Australia Mineral Potential Mapper
IP Australia Patent Analytics Hub
Department of Defence                        PyroFilm

Contributing to a Culture or Practice of Innovation

The people part – the key to innovation...
This category recognises 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.

Organisation Name of Innovation
Department of Finance govCMS
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                                              The establishment and operation of the innovationXchange
Tourism Australia The World's Biggest Social Media Team

Digital Transformation

Digital, online and technology to innovate...
This category recognises initiatives that demonstrate the spirit of digital transformation, including providing better and easier services and interactions with citizens.

Organisation Name of Innovation
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits
Charity Portal
Australian Financial Security Authority                                                     Quick Motor Vehicle Search
Australian Taxation Office Cloud Software Authentication and Authorisation

Award Supporters

IPAA wishes to thanks a number of organisations who are providing support for these awards, through the provision of in-kind services:

  • contentgroup - for content and filming
  • Department of Human Services - the Design Hub venue
  • Hargraves Institute - judging and finalist roadtrip
  • KPMG - judging and assessor training
  • Questacon - design and award production
  • Telstra - judging and finalist roadtrip


  • Supporting Partners

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