The recent GovCampAU Innovation Dialogues kicked off a process of enquiry to better understand the current landscape and nature of public sector innovation. Using the work of Christian Bason in his book Leading Public Sector Innovation, public purpose practitioners from around Australia workshopped the following questions:

  • What are the current TRIGGERS for public sector innovation  – and what perhaps should be?
  • Where are TYPES of public sector innovation happening – and where should they?
  • How do we VALUE public sector innovation – and how should we?


While a preliminary analysis of this exercise shows some useful trends within individual cities as well as across the country, we see value in extending this social knowledge process into a deeper understanding of the dynamic ecosystem that exists within this landscape.

So, we’re kicking off a national, open initiative to comprehensively map the public sector innovation ecosystem. The initiative will be supported by a national advisory team including the Australian Innovation Research Centre and the Behavioural Insights Group, and offers an opportunity for public sector practitioners to take part in an ‘action research’ program with practical, tangible value to their day-to-day work.

Interested in being part of the team? Let us know soon – we’ll be starting to scope the program in the countdown to the national GovCamp LiVE event at the end of November.