Celebrating innovation in the APS – Innovation Month

Celebrating innovation in the APS – Innovation Month

PM&C Who We Are The Secretary
Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Innovation working together 2-31 July 2018

Innovation Month 2018 celebrates innovation across the public sector, with many agencies coming together to deliver substantial benefits to citizens, business and government.

Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin Parkinson opened 2018’s Innovation Month in an IPAA address on Tuesday 3 July.

“Innovation in the Australian Public Service is good for the budget bottom line – and it’s making things easier and better for the public we serve” said Dr Parkinson

Through innovations such as the ATO’s pop-up nudge that alerts people to inaccuracies in their online tax return, and sending letters to GPs who are billing high levels of after-hour items, the government is saving millions of dollars that can be reinvested to benefit Australians.  

Many innovations are in the form of better data use across the public service, streamlining services and improving government interactions for citizens.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is using data provided by Defence to process veterans’ claims faster than ever before.

The Department for Health has used data to track adverse events associated with medicines.  As a result medicines have been identified that had not previously been associated with heart failure.

You can find many more examples of public service innovation on our website.

A complete video of the event (55 minutes) is available on IPAA's website.