Public Sector Innovation Awards

The Public Sector Innovation Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and share innovative approaches to public administration in the Commonwealth and ACT Governments. Read or download the Invitation to Nominate for more information.

2017 Awards

The 2017 Public Sector Innovation Awards are open from 1 March 2017 and will close on 13 April 2017

Purpose of the Awards

A successful public service is one that can find new and better ways of doing things, and that can solve problems in new ways. It is one where new ideas are tried and tested, and where old approaches are phased out and replaced with new, more suitable and effective methods. It is one that is innovative.

The Public Sector Innovation Awards were created to better recognise and celebrate the innovative work that occurs within the public service and provide a platform to share and showcase innovative approaches across the Commonwealth and ACT Governments. A goal of the Awards is to encourage others to adopt more innovative approaches to public administration.

Why Nominate?

Have you, or someone you work with, been involved with trying to improve the work of the public sector? The Awards are seeking to recognise such efforts, to help:

  • highlight innovation within the public sector;
  • spread the good ideas that have been put into practice, and the lessons learnt; and
  • foster a culture that supports and celebrates people and agencies doing things differently.

Nominations are encouraged for projects that are in the early stage of implementation through to well-established initiatives. Nominations are also encouraged for initiatives or projects that may not have been successful (for whatever reason) but where there were valuable lessons or insights that will inform future attempts.


Any individual, work unit, group or team of a Commonwealth or ACT Government entity may nominate an initiative for the Awards. Eligible initiatives can be large in scale and impact across the organisation (or multiple organisations), or they can be small in scale and impact at a more local level (or anywhere in between).

Assessment and recognition

Nominations will be shortlisted through an assessment process, with shortlisted applicants to give a presentation to a panel of judges in June 2017.

Contact information

Paulette Paterson
Digital and Innovation, IPAA
Phone 026154 9800
Click here to email IPAA.

  • More Information
  • Key Dates
  • 1 March - Nominations Open
  • 13 April - Nominations Close
  • 7 June - Finalists Announced
  • 21 June - Finalist Presentations
  • 26 July (tbc) - Winners Announced