Innovation in the APS

Last updated: 22 Sep 2016

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A challenge has been set for the public service: government should lead by example by embracing innovation in the way we do business.

To change the way we do things, we'll need to work differently and smarter, with a diverse range of people who we may not normally have thought to involve.

The APSC is looking at ways to unlock the innovation of APS employees so that we can build a culture that:

  • values new ideas
  • takes smart risks, and
  • empowers staff to think creatively and challenge the status quo.

So, how are we putting this in to practice? In April 2016, we ran the APSC's first ever hackathon, #APSWorkHack. We brought together around 50 people, from senior executives to grads, HR professionals, policy experts, consultants, private sector bods, project staff and more, to hack into six tough workforce management problems. Find out more on our #APSWorkHack page.

We followed this up with the massive #GradHack! Nearly 500 grads hacked into five real policy problems, supplied by the Department of Defence, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the APSC. Over three-hours, the grads developed solutions to one of the five problems. They then created a mini-marketplace where these teams pitched their ideas in order to gain winning votes. Find out more on our #Gradhack page.

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