2017 Public Sector Innovation Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the 12 finalists in the 2017 Public Sector Innovation Awards. The finalists were selected from a strong field of 68 nominations from across the Australian Public Service and the ACT Public Service, demonstrative of the great innovation that is taking place in the public sector. Finalists presented their innovation to a panel of judges on 28 June with winners to be announced on 26 July 2017 during Innovation Month.

A short video (4 minutes 11 seconds) below provides highlights from 'The Pitch' event on 28 June.


Category 1: Innovative Solutions

We took an idea and tried something different!

Simpler BAS
Australian Taxation Office
Simpler BAS supports Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses. It decreases red tape and stress, creating greater capacity for business growth. Innovative partnering with small business, software industry and tax practitioners has delivered a commercial, practical solution that meets the needs of small business, now and into the future.

LAUNCH Food challenge - innovationXchange at DFAT
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
A new approach to open innovation focused on building and using a broadly-based, multi-stakeholder network to help solve the complex challenge of malnutrition in the Indo-Pacific, with ideas from biofortification to behaviour change.

Digital First Capability
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The development of an innovative online briefing system has transformed the way the Department briefs the Prime Minister, breaking down barriers to collaboration by allowing the Prime Minister and his advisors to get information, ask questions and receive answers in real-time.

Renewable Energy Reverse Auctions
ACT Government
A novel policy to promote renewable energy investment; the ACT became the first Australian jurisdiction to use a reverse auction process to provide guaranteed revenue and certainty for generators.  The process provides financial security to renewable electricity generators to ensure projects are highly bankable and delivery risks are well managed.

Category 2: Culture and Practice

The people part – the key to innovation...

Defence Industry & Innovation Program
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Department of Defence (joint nomination)
The 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement set out two initiatives to improve the identification, investment and delivery of Australian innovation into Defence capability. The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and the Defence Innovation Hub were launched in December 2016 as a collaboration between the departments, providing clearer Defence priorities and a single point of contact to Australian industry, academic and research organisations.

Finance Transformation Program
Department of Finance
Working towards becoming a truly transformative agency, Finance has embarked on an exciting journey. Staff have been challenged to think differently and allowed to build, test and refine new processes and products. By leveraging capability, mobility, new technology and design thinking every day, the department is changing – inside and out.

Fostering Collaboration: developing a longitudinal data community of practice
Department of Social Services
Australia’s inaugural Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 was delivered by the National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) as a catalyst to establish a new culture of collaboration and engagement between custodians, researchers, academics and government policy makers, establishing a community of practice to realise greater value from longitudinal data assets by applying them to complex policy problems.

‘ON, powered by CSIRO’ is the only national accelerator custom designed for publicly funded research teams with a laser focus on helping them to develop the entrepreneurial skills and capacity to convert their great science and technology research into real-world outcomes – at pace.

Category 3: Digital and Data

Digital, data, online and technology to innovate...

One Patient One Record - ACT and SNSWLHD Renal Network
ACT Government
A Renal Network was developed by ACT Health in partnership with Southern NSW to provide seamless care delivery within the region. This was facilitated by customisation of an electronic medical record that enabled sharing of real-time clinical information across the jurisdictions resulting in improvement in timely access to safe and efficient care.

Lighthouse Project - MyService
Department of Veterans' Affairs
MyService is a simple, intuitive and innovative digital solution that redesigns a previously complex, paper-based claim process to greatly improve Veterans’ experience, allowing them to obtain the assistance they require more quickly with less stress and increased trust in the outcomes.

Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS)
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
MARS is the first fully online system for ensuring in-coming vessels meet biosecurity regulations to minimise the risk of pests and diseases entering Australia. This innovative system has been widely embraced by the international shipping industry.

State of the Environment Digital
Department of the Environment and Energy
State of the Environment Digital delivers a  comprehensive assessment of Australia’s environment. It does this using an interactive digital platform which, for the first time, delivers government reporting online allowing analysis of the change in state over time, users can interrogate, explore and download the data which underpin Australia’s national environmental assessment.

IPAA ACT acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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