You can join the Public Sector Innovation Network by signing up to the Network’s newsletter in Mailchimp.

The Public Sector Innovation Network began in 2009 as part of a Management Advisory Committee project on public sector innovation as a mechanism to engage and hear from public servants who were applying innovation in their work.

The Network is open to all, but has been developed for an audience of  public sector employees and academics. Network members receive a weekly email with news, developments and events in public sector innovation and design in Australia and overseas.

If you have any other thoughts on how the Network can assist innovators and designers in the public service, please let us know in the comments below or psi [at] (email us) with your thoughts.

Innovation Champions

The Innovation Champions is a forum for high level officers from portfolio departments who act as advocates and supporters for innovation within the public service.  The intent of the group is to:

  • Share practical case studies and experiences of introducing initiatives to support innovation or examples of applied innovation
  • Display and model innovation behaviours
  • Support and contribute to relevant cross-agency initiatives to foster the culture of innovation
  • Collaborate on demonstration projects that explore new ways of working

After each Champions Meeting, a blog is posted here with the minutes of the meeting and a discussion on the main topics of the meeting


David Hazlehurst (Chair)Department of Industry, Innovation and ScienceDeputy Secretary
Celia MossAustralian Bureau of StatisticsProgram Manager, Transitioning Statistics Branch
Helen BullAustralian Public Service CommissionGroup Manager, Employment Planning
Lesley SlevinAustralian Taxation OfficeAssistant Commissioner, Law Design and Practice, Design and Change Management
Elizabeth EastlandCSIRODirector of Innovation & Commercial Research
David WilliamsonDepartment of AgricultureDeputy Secretary (a/g)
Richard WindeyerDepartment of Communications and the ArtsFirst Assistant Secretary, Classification and Projects
Rebecca SkinnerDepartment of DefenceActing Associate Secretary
Carolyn SmithDepartment of Education and TrainingDeputy Secretary Corporate Strategy 
Peter CullyDepartment of EmploymentGroup Manager, Economic Strategy
John SheridanDepartment of FinanceFirst Assistant Secretary, Chief Technology Officer and Australian Government Procurement Officer 
Ewen McDonaldDepartment of Foreign Affairs and TradeDeputy Secretary
Mark CormackDepartment of HealthDeputy Secretary
Maria FernandezDepartment of Immigration and Border ProtectionDeputy Secretary, Intelligence and Capability Group
Andrew JohnsonDepartment of Infrastructure and Regional DevelopmentGeneral Manager, Policy Development Unit 
Janean RichardsDepartment of Social ServicesGroup Manager and Chief Legal Officer
Sean Sullivan 

Department of the Environment and energy

First Assistant Secretary 
Mike FordhamDepartment of the Prime Minister and CabinetRegional Manager / Assistant Secretary, School Attendance, Schools, Information and Evaluation, Indigenous Affairs
Liz Cosson AM CSC Department of Veterans’ AffairsChief Operating Officer (a/g)
Jose Del RioDigital Transformation AgencyHead of Digital Engagement
Eamonn RooneyThe Treasury Chief Information Officer

If you want more information about the innovation champions, please email us at psi [at]

PSIN Agents

The PSIN Agents is a group of public servants who meet monthly to discuss innovation in the public sector, share information about agency activities and initiatives, plan innovation events and workshop key elements of the ‘how’ of innovation.

PSIN Agents commit to the terms of reference and are currently wholly Canberra-based. If you are outside Canberra in a federal, state, or local government role and you’re interested in public sector innovation, we are looking to develop other PSIN chapters. //psi [at]">Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this initiative.

Current members of the PSIN Agents group are:

PSIN Secretariat

Graeme Loaney and Rob Thomas    Department of Industrypsi(at)

PSIN Agents

Jason Spurr


Wade Buscombe


Jo Hon

Department of Defence




Deborah VentersDepartment of Human ServicesDeborah.Venters(at)
Silvia LiertzDepartment of EmploymentSilvia.Liertz (at)
Berin DenhamDepartment of Education and Training


Julie Di CarloDepartment of Financejulie.dicarlo(at)
Skye SmartAustralian Taxation OfficeSkye.Smart(at)
Mira Daoud and Judi HubnerIP AustraliaMira.Daoud(at)

Carolyn Paterson, Letitia Lyon and Samantha Cursely

Department of Social Security




Michelle MclaughlinDepartment of HealthMichelle.Mclaughlin(at)
Tom PattersonDepartment of Immigration and Border ForceThomas.Patterson(at)
Jane JervisDepartment for Infrastructure and Regional DevelopmentJane.Jervis(at)
Rachel FieldAttorney-General's DepartmentRachel.Field(at)

PSIN State Co-ordinators

Below are our APS contacts for the PSIN outside of Canberra. As the PSIN is open across all tiers of government state and local public servants was welcome to make contact.

QueenslandMatt CartwrightMatthew.Cartwright(at)
New South WalesPeter GregoryPeter.Gregory(at)
VictoriaAndree BostelmannAndree.Bostelmann(at)
TasmaniaAlistair KayAlistair.Kay(at)
South Australia and Northern TerritoryMoi OdubasaMoi.Odubasa(at)
Western AustraliaRichard WilkinsonRichard.Wilkinson(at)

If your department or agency doesn’t have a member and you’re interested in joining the group %20psi [at]">contact us.