APS 200 Public Sector Innovation Project

I am Mark Paterson, Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and I want to share with you information about a new project that I am sponsoring.

The Project aims to find ways of promoting innovation in the Australian Public Service (APS). There is a growing recognition that innovation is essential for good government. More so than ever in the face of new and more complex problems, rising public expectations and the need for public sector agencies to do more with less.

In early August, the APS Secretaries Board met and approved a project to oversee action on the recent report Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service.

The project will look at ways to further the key directions of the Empowering Change report ie:

  • To develop a more open and collaborative approach to public policy and administration;

  • To integrate innovation into our work in a more strategic and systematic way;

  • To develop and apply the right skill sets to facilitate innovative approaches; and

  • To share, recognise and reward innovation in the APS, both to increase learning and to develop a more innovative culture.


The project is being led by members of the APS 200 (a senior leadership group comprised of Senior Executive Service Band 3 officers and the Secretaries). The members of this APS 200 project team are:

  • Patricia Kelly, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Chair)

  • Barbara Bennett, Department of Human Services

  • Lyn O’Connell, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

  • Bob Correll PSM, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

  • Bruce Hunter, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Carmel McGregor, Australian Public Service Commission

  • Ewen McDonald, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

  • Daryl Quinlivan, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy


I am very much looking forward to the outcomes of the project, which I hope will have wide application across the APS. The project members will be looking to this blog and other social communication tools to get your ideas, insights and input. You will also be able to keep up-to-date with developments in the project on this blog.

I am pleased to be sponsoring this important project and to be supporting public sector innovation more broadly. It will be key to building a public service that can meet the challenges of the future.
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