APS 200 Project

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...
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...
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...
I am chairing the APS200 project on public sector innovation that DIISR Secretary, Mark Paterson referred to in his post in August.I want to give you an update on where the project is up to, and what lies ahead.The Project Committee has already given advice to the Secretaries Board on a range of issues and in October put forward a series of recommendations to its monthly meeting. This involved recommendations on openness (greater use within the APS of knowledge and challenge platforms, broader...
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,...
[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...
Does your agency have a designated space or group to facilitate problem-solving and the design of policy or services? You may be surprised to know that there are a number of examples of this in the Australian Public Service ranging from Betaworks in the ABS to the Concept Lab (Centrelink) or the ATO’s Simulation Centre.As part of the APS200 project on public sector innovation, we recently hosted a workshop to bring some of these dynamic groups together to look at what they have in common. The...
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...
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...
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...