“Every level of our government is focused on a more innovative, enterprising Australia and a more innovative and enterprising government.”
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, 15 March 2016
Much progress has been made in the 12 months since the inaugural innovation snapshot - initiatives launched last year, such as the Design Mentors Programme, are now well underway and our ongoing commitment to an innovative public sector has been bolstered by the government’s focus on ‘Government as an Exemplar’ as one of four pillars in the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The APS Innovation Action Plan continues to provide a focus for various initiatives to deliver innovative thinking across the public service. These include the opportunities to network, garner peer support, and share learning and development opportunities through the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN); and the celebration of initiatives that drive collaboration, experimentation, and the creation of better user solutions during Innovation Month each July. Innovation in the APS was recognised this year with the inaugural Public Sector Innovation Awards, developed in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT and the PSIN. The awards provide another avenue for the public sector, and its employees, to recognise their achievements in creating new and better ways to deliver public service initiatives.
As we reflect on the progress made in 2016 we should remember that without the basic characteristics of innovation - collaboration, experimentation and risk (all of which are not necessarily easy to accept in the APS) - we cannot adapt to the changing world around us. That said, we believe that innovation is alive and well in the APS and the wide range of events and initiatives launched in 2016 across the APS continue to develop and connect players in the innovation field.
You can read the full 2016 APS Innovation Snapshot here - APS_Innovation_Snapshot_2016_final.pdf