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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Weekly bits of interest – 22 June 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: This week is Public Sector Week in Victoria. “Public Sector Week provides thought challenging professional development and promotes the role and achievements of the public sector among the broader community.” Jon Gertner looks at the involvement of technologists and the use of startup […]

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DFAT Ideas Challenge – the winners

+-*What do behavioural insights for development, a ‘cloud’ passport, access to menstrual hygiene products, and a singing competition to confront domestic violence have in common? These ideas and others were all pitched as part of the final stage of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Ideas Challenge. DFAT […]

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Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy Virtual Seminar Series 2014

+-*What is the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy Virtual Seminar Series 2014 (VSS)? The Virtual Seminar Series (VSS) is Safe Work Australia’s innovative approach to delivering key business objectives including: supporting the implementation of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (Australian Strategy), and promoting community awareness and […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 15 June 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: In preparation for the inaugural LabWorks conference, Adam Price at Nesta shares a map of innovation labs around the world. “Despite the difference in focus, discipline and method, labs have at their core a shared belief in our capacity to prototype the future.” Pia Waugh at the […]

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Invitation to the innovationXchange Ideas Challenge Presentation

+-*Guest post from Manal Saroufim, innovationXchange You may be aware that the innovationXchange at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been piloting an inaugural Ideas Challenge, a competitive, collaborative and interactive process in which all staff across DFAT’s network have been invited to submit, comment on and support […]

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Learning from our peers – Peer Academy training

+-*How do you best transfer tacit knowledge – the understanding that comes from practice, experience and application in a real world environment – to other people? This is an issue we often deal with when talking about innovation. Innovation is a big concept. One word, ‘innovation’, represents a large body […]

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