Digital portals and tools for police put government in innovation spotlight

By Harley Dennett

September 2, 2016

New South Wales’ OneGov digital portal and Northern Territory Police’s facial recognition technology have taken out innovation awards, although the private sector continues to dominate.

The iAwards, run by the Australian Information Industry Association, is now in its 22nd year and reflects the impact of the technology sector in improve Australia’s prosperity.

Tasmania’s Sensing Tourist Travel and CSIRO’s Global Initative for Honey Bee Health were the merit placers in the government and public sector category.

Adrian Turner, chief executive of CSIRO’s Data61, said Australia has an accelerating innovation ecosystem where research, government, industry and start-ups come together to build a supportive environment, key to progress:

“Innovation happens when people share ideas, data and expertise and then focus relentlessly on having economic, societal or environmental impact with these insights. To compete on a global scale, we need to invest in growing our innovation capability by nurturing stronger collaboration networks and encouraging local talent to be ambitious in creating impactful work that has the potential to change the world we live in.”

Other innovation awards for government agencies include the APS Innovation Awards (hosted by IPAA ACT) and the National Archives Awards for Digital Excellence.

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