2019 Public Sector Innovation Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the twelve finalists in the 2019 Public Sector Innovation Awards.

The finalists were selected from a strong field of 62 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.

The 12 finalists pitched their initiatives to a panel of Judges on Tuesday 23 July and the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 31 July 2019,  which will mark the close of Innovation Month 2019. 

The Public Sector Innovation Awards are a joint activity of IPAA and the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN), with the support of EY.

A short video (2 minutes 54 seconds) below provides highlights from 'The Pitch' event on 23 July.



Category 1: Citizen-Centred Innovation

Innovation which has the citizen at the centre....

Family Safety Hub

ACT Government

A co-designed innovation hub that uses human-centred design practices to create and test solutions for those affected by domestic and family violence. The Family Safety Hub brings together specialist service providers, community organisations, the private sector and government to provide better support, earlier.

Trade Mark Assist

IP Australia

Intellectual Property (IP) is now the most valuable asset for top S&P500 companies and is the new fuel for building Australia’s strong economy. Introducing Trade Mark Assist – using artificial intelligence to help Australian businesses make better decisions and successfully protect their brand in a few simple steps.

Regional Compliance Officer Program

Department of Defence

Strengthening communication and cooperation between Aboriginal groups in the Woomera Prohibited Area and Defence personnel.

Innovation in Anti-Doping

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

A re-designed education program to connect with athletes. This includes the development of two new resources; a virtual reality (VR) testing experience, and a free mobile app. 

Category 2: Culture and Capability

The people part – the key to innovation...

Innovation across Human Services – make it happen

Department of Human Services 

Strengthening the culture and capability for innovation by establishing an innovation ecosystem.

People Development Sprints

Bureau of Meteorology

A people development initiative where a staff member from one team completes a short, real world project or work package for another team in the organisation.

Transforming Culture at the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Family Studies

An experiment to unleash organisational potential by listening to staff and inviting them to revitalise the culture and design AIFS' new “home”. The results have been dramatic and surprising.

IPEA-ED - an innovative approach to building capability in parliamentarians and their staff

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

A dedicated mobile website providing easy-access education anywhere, anytime for parliamentarians and their staff on their obligations when spending public funds.

Category 3: Digital and Data

Digital, data and technology to innovate...

MARIA: A Dynamic Microsimulation Model of Australian Retirement Income and Assets

Department of the Treasury

Treasury has recently constructed the Model of Australia’s Retirement Income and Assets (MARIA), a dynamic microsimulation model that projects the distribution of retirement incomes, assets and Age Pension expenditures out to 2055. MARIA enables analysis of policy change over much longer time horizons than Treasury’s existing static microsimulation models.

A creative use of data to improve the methodology for non-government school funding

Department of Education and Training

The National School Resourcing Board used innovative data-matching techniques (through the multi-agency data integration project (MADIP)) to propose a new methodology for determining funding for non-government schools. This is the first time MADIP data has been used to inform policy design. Based on the Board's recommendations, the Department of Education, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other agencies are working together to provide fairer funding for non-government schools.

Post-in-a-Box Initiative

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

A secure diplomatic network communications capability to meet the challenges of deploying into crisis situations quickly and effectively.

ATO Tax Gap Research Program 

Australian Taxation Office

The ATO tax gap research program took an innovative data driven approach to improve tax gap estimates from our large corporate groups, supporting discussion around the efficacy of the Australian taxation system. This innovation strengthens the program, makes it more meaningful for the community, and has been met with international acclaim.

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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