One month left to enter Canberra’s public sector innovation awards

By The Mandarin

Thursday March 23, 2017

There is one month left for ACT and Commonwealth public servants to get nominations in for this year’s Innovation Awards, which will be presented during the nationwide Innovation Month in July.

To snag one of the awards, which came with unusual trophies crafted by Questacon last year, projects have to be nominated via the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s online form by Thursday, April 13.

Teams can self-nominate but all entries need to be endorsed by a senior executive officer, and the criteria are pretty simple; even failures will be considered, according to the information pack:

“Eligible initiatives can be large in scale and impact, or small and relate to incremental improvements. Nominations can be in the early stages of implementation through to well-established initiatives. Nominations are also encouraged for projects that may not have been successful (for whatever reason), but where there were valuable lessons or insights that will inform future attempts.”

There’s three categories this year, for innovative solutions to old problems, contributions to building an innovative culture, and new digital or data-related ideas. A new judge’s award will also be bestowed on an entry from any category that “stands out from the crowd” for the first time.

Last year’s winners came from Defence, Finance, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and Geoscience Australia. While minister Greg Hunt’s comparison to the Oscars was perhaps a little optimistic, a good time was had by all at the small ceremony.

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