APS 200 Project

[Ken Pettifer is acting Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education] One of the ideas included in the Australian Public Service (APS) Innovation Action Plan released in 2011 was the establishment of an APS Design Centre that could assist in developing and testing new approaches to complex policy challenges and to enhance government program delivery. This in turn was based on a recommendation within Empowering Change that the APS establish...
I recently read in an innovation newsletter that the most important motivator for innovation is progress, or being able to make and see progress in your work.[1. Based on the work of Teresa Amabile – see for instance the author talking about employee engagement] This definitely resonates for me, and I find that the feeling of having achieved something is extremely important in sustaining my appetite for further innovation.So, as the year comes to a close, it is a good opportunity to look back...
In my last post about the APS 200 project on public sector innovation, I mentioned some of the directions of the final project report.Today an important outcome of that project is being released – the Australian Public Service Innovation Action Plan. This document, signed by the members of the APS Secretaries Board, is a demonstration of the commitment of the APS leadership to innovation.As the Plan states: “To thrive in the continually changing world environment, the APS needs the leadership...
As mentioned by Patricia Kelly in her last post on the outcomes of the APS 200 project on public sector innovation, one of the outcomes of the project is the APS Innovation Action Plan.The aim of the Innovation Action Plan is to capture some of the concrete initiatives being taken to support innovation in the APS and to demonstrate the commitment of the APS to innovation.The Plan will be launched on June 29 to members of the APS 200 (the 200 most senior public servants of the APS). The APS 200...
I am delighted to advise that we have now achieved endorsement from the Secretaries Board to our final report on how to implement action to make our public service more innovative. It has been a truly collaborative journey working closely with 7 other agencies to highlight the actions the leadership, organisations and officers can take to transform the APS.While we await more formal releases, let me give you a preview of what we put forward. The Project Committee recommended: innovation be more...
My name is Tricia Berman and I’m the General Manager of the Innovation Policy Branch, which has been supporting the APS200 project on innovation in the public sector. The past few months since the Chair of the project committee, Patricia Kelly, last blogged have been busy, both for the project committee and the staff supporting it, but I am confident that the hard work will now start to pay off.We are now in the final stages of the project, with the project committee having concluded its work,...
Innovation is not an easy process. By its very nature innovation it is about changing how things are done, and that means that there will be resistance of some form - otherwise the innovation would probably have already been introduced.There are a lot of tools available that can help us when we are looking for, and then implementing, innovative solutions. The problem is that it can be hard to know what tool is useful for what situation, and how that tool can be implemented. That's where the...
If there was one thing that the public service could do to increase innovation in the APS, what do you think it should be?In her recent update on the APS 200 project on public sector innovation, Patricia Kelly noted that the project committee was looking at the development of an Innovation Action Plan for the Australian Public Service.This follows the example of the Victorian Public Service who released an Innovation Action Plan which identified some clear actions that the VPS is taking to...
In October, I wrote about our investigations into the development of a MindLab-like space in the Australian Government. Well, week-before-last we were fortunate to spend some time with the head of the Danish MindLab, Christian Bason, who was in Australia as part of the Social Innovator Dialogues. This was our chance to find out how MindLab works and get Christian’s thoughts on how it might be applied in the Australian context.Christian’s visit to Canberra involved a number of activities...
My name is Yanfei Shi and I work at the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research alongside the area that supports the public sector innovation work behind this blog.Our Department has launched a project to address the need for data and measurement on public sector innovation in Australia.The Australian Public Sector Innovation Indicators (APSII) project aims to design and conduct an Australian Public Sector Innovation Survey to collect data on innovation in the public sector, in...