Innovation Month 2016 concludes with record participation, interstate growth

By The Mandarin

August 10, 2016

The Public Sector Innovation Network at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has wrapped up another successful Innovation Month.

The PSIN is still gathering attendance numbers from participating departments but the organisers at the PSIN have shared some initial observations on Innovation Month. Noting the growing support Innovation Month receives across the public sector and the developing maturity of programme events.

This year’s programme saw the launch of the APS Innovation Awards, a day long workshop on Disruptive Technology from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and a cross-state and territory series of presentations on idea development which was live streamed from the Department of Communication and Arts.


Returning to the programme was the Department of Health’s Innovation Conference, workshops on how to innovate like a startup by the Canberra Innovation Network, and of course Govhack.

Innovation Month and the Public Sector Innovation Network are tasked with developing the APS’s knowledge and innovation capability. Both initiatives are open for all tiers of government and the public. More information on the PSIN is available on their site via email psi@industry.gov.au and you can register to join the PSIN here.


There are still a few more videos still to come from Innovation Month, which The Mandarin is endeavouring to have cleared and available soon, including how to innovate in the field of government communications. Stay tuned.

If you or your agency has an example of innovation, don’t feel you must wait until next year’s APS/IPAA Innovation Awards to show off a good idea brought to life. The Mandarin is happy to help share case studies written by those involved — reach out so we can help. Here are some examples:

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