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Research on public sector innovation

Dive into recent research on public sector innovation, including:

  • what supports and blocks innovation in the public sector
  • ways to unleash a creative mindset and adopt practical approaches


ANZSOG Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit: This report calls for a radical reimagining of the role of government and public servant. Based on interviews with 400 public servants, the report pinpoints 9 skills that make up a 21st century toolkit for public problem solving.

OECD Declaration on Public Sector Innovation: The Declaration sets out key principles and actions to help government agencies encourage, manage or inform innovation. Australia signed up to the Declaration in 2019.

APS Innovation Sampler: We took a snapshot of innovation in the Australian Public Service in 2018-19. It includes new research and examples of novel practices, collaborative events, centres of excellence and organic networks.


Mapping Public Sector Innovation Units in Australia and New Zealand: Melbourne University Policy Lab surveyed Australian and New Zealand public sector innovation labs, as part of an ANZSOG-funded research project.

Independent Review of the Australian Public Sector: This review identifies how the APS can transform to ensure it is fit-for-purposed for the coming decades. (Final recommendations yet to be released.)

Previous years

Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Sector: This report considers how to develop and strengthen a culture of innovation in the APS. (Released in 2010.)

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Last updated: 8 December 2020

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