Digitising the public service – IPAA Breakfast with Paul Shetler

+-*Think big – but start small, iterate wildly and deliver quickly. That was my takeaway from hearing Paul Shetler, the new CEO of Digital Transformation Office (DTO) speak at a great IPAA Breakfast event. Paul has recently been appointed as CEO and he noted that the DTO is now officially […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 27 July 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: What role do innovation labs play as public change agents? Jesper Christiansen and Runa Sabroe discuss. “Typically, reforms and other public change initiatives are designed and developed by a small number of people who play no active role in their implementation. Therefore, the practical […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 20 July 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Stephen Easton writes about the Innovation Summit and the cross-agency innovation hub trial for sharing ideas Craig Thomler takes a look at GovHack. “For the government agencies participating, GovHack provided new perspectives in a cost-effective way, allowing them to interact with bright people […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 13 July 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Paul Taylor argues that we need to encourage organisations to seek risk – and forgive failure. “Risk is still a toxic word across much of the public sector. It’s often still seen as something to avoid at all costs rather than embrace. In […]

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Innovation Month and Supporting Innovation Across the APS

+-*Today I had the pleasure of launching Innovation Month 2015 (‘Dream, Dare, Do’), including a video of innovations from across the Australian Public Service, and announcing some recent relevant commitments from the Secretaries Board. I’d like to share these with you. Support for Innovation I like to think of Innovation Month […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 6 July 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Western Australia has released its first whole of government Open Data Policy This week will see LabWorks 2015 being held in London. Piret Tõnurist, Rainer Kattel, and Veiko Lember take a look at the rise of innovation labs in the public sector. “In […]

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Bringing flair to red tape reduction – DFAT Red Tape Review

+-*Believe it or not, red tape can seem a pretty dry topic… However on Thursday our colleagues at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) showed us that that doesn’t have to be the case. In an early start to Innovation Month (after all, arbitrary deadlines are really just […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 29 June 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Elizabeth Grosdhomme looks at two novel forms of civil society participation in public service provision – collaborative government and data ‘up-sourcing’. “It works both ways: on the one hand via the ‘open data’ movement, where the government makes its data available for civil society […]

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Innovation Showcase: myTax

+-*myTax, a new service from the Australian Taxation Office, provides a completely online and streamlined process for people with straightforward taxation matters to lodge their tax return as an individual. Key details What is it? myTax is a streamlined tax return designed for people with straightforward tax affairs When did […]

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AI and the Public Service – what might be possible?

+-*Consider the following: Elements of journalism are increasingly being automated and there are predictions that by the mid-2020s 90 percent of news journalism could be generated by algorithms A Canadian company is using IBM’s cognitive computing platform to create ROSS, “an artificially intelligent attorney to help you power through legal […]

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