Innovation Month is now in its fifth year and continues to showcase and discuss innovation across the Australian Public Service (APS). Innovation Month will run from 3-31 July and the theme for this year is 'Making it Happen'.
What is Innovation Month?
Innovation Month is an annual showcase on public sector innovation, its achievements and challenges. Although innovation is all year round, Innovation Month provides an opportunity to focus on what's happening across the public sector and have an open conversation about how the public sector innovation journey is going.
Innovation Month 2017 Programme
The Innovation Month programme will be listed below, updated as new events are registered.
How can you get involved
Innovation Month 2017 is a collective effort led by public sector agencies and innovation leaders both inside and outside the APS. Anyone can run an Innovation Month event, and by default we try to make as many Innovation Month events open to all public sector employees or the public. If you've not developed an event before, take a look at our Event Management Primer (500 Kb), the primer is written for public servants with little to no experience in event management.
The objective of Innovation Month is to provide everyone in the public sector with the opportunity to share about their experience innovating, or explore new ideas to improve their work practices. The PSIN Team can assist you with promotion via its channels, admin assistance in the development of a eventbrite registration page (free events only) and the possibility of making connections via the network to share resources.
The PSIN Team reserves final decision on programme content and events must be consistent with the APS Code of Conduct and be not-for-profit. N.B. Event Organisers can sell tickets ‘at cost’ to cover expenses.
If you haven't already, register to become a member of the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN) to receive our newsletter and updates on Innovation Month. Australian government employees (Federal, State, Territory or Local) are also welcome to join the online discussion at the PSIN Yammer Group. Members must join using their government work email address.
You can help to make Innovation Month 2017 successful by:
- Organising an event. Take a look look at what ran in Innovation Month 2016, 2015 and 2014.
- Contributing support - email psi [at] industry.gov.au if you have resources you can supply to assist with some of the ideas we have in the works. Or raise them on the Yammer Group.
- Attending an event! Have a look at the list of events and see what appeals - events will be added as they are finalised.
Registering your event
For reporting purposes all Innovation Month events must be registered using the online webform (https://psit.govcms.gov.au/innovation-month-2017-event-registration). This includes events that are open to the public or public sector colleagues (which will be promoted here) and internal Departmental staff-only events (which will not be promoted publicly). Deadline for registering our event is COB June 19. If you are unable to finalise your event before this time contact the psi [at] Industry.gov.au (subject: Expecting%20late%20registration%20to%20Innovation%20Month%202017, body: Please%20provide%20details%20of%20your%20event%2C%20including%20date%20and%20audience.%20%0A%0A**The%20PSIN%20may%20not%20able%20to%20provide%20a%20eventbrite%20page%20for%20late%20submissions.%20Submissions%20after%20July%203%20may%20be%20delayed%20in%20uploading%20to%20the%20Innovation%20Month%20page.**%20) (PSIN Team contact us directly.)
Promoting your event
This page will be updated regularly with information about Innovation Month, as will the PSIN blog, the PSIN weekly bits of interest and the PSIN newsletter, which has a subscription of over 3400 members (Register to the PSIN newsletter). You can also follow Innovation Month 2017 developments on Twitter @PSInnovate using the hashtag #PSInnovate17.
The listing of your event on this page will consist of the information provided on your registration webform (see above) as will any promotional tweets and mentions in the PSIN newsletter. Promotional blogs (which will also be shared on twitter and the newsletter) need to be provided by the event holder. The PSIN Team has final approval on materials sent via its channels.
Innovation Month 2017 Logos
The logos are free to use for any approved registered Innovation Month event. This year there are two Innovation Month logo formats. The square and long format.
Adapted from the 2016 logo square variant - thanks to Tim Curtis