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, which includes information about the categories of the awards.

2017 Awards

The 2017 Public Sector Innovation Awards are now open with key dates including:

  • 1 March - Nominations open
  • 13 April - Nominations close
  • 7 June - Finalists announced
  • 28 June - The Pitch presentations from finalists
  • 26 July - Awards ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will be delivered as one of the last events in Innovation Month.

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 that will inform future attempts.

Entry Form

You can commence your entry here. Entry is free to all Commonwealth or ACT Government entities.

IPAA has moved to a new Award Management System for the 2017 awards, based on the AwardForce platform. If you have any problems accessing the new system, please get in touch. There might be a few teething problems as we get the system running smoothly and we appreciate your patience and assistance!


Any individual, work unit, group or team of a Commonwealth or ACT 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

Please contact Paulette Paterson, who oversees Digital and Innovation at IPAA, on 02 6154 9800.