The first GovCamp Australia event in NSW was November 2011, and the most recent was July 2014 when Sydney hosted one of nodes the six-city nationally networked full-day GovCamp. In 2015, Sydney hosted one of the six sites for the first nationally networked GovCamp.

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 14 July as part of Public Sector Innovation Month, and then,
  • In November, a full-Saturday program connecting 8 capital cities with video links and interactive idea sharing across Australia.

So, please join in this 2015 conversation as we start the dialogue in July – from big picture ecosystem issues to the skills challenges we all face in delivering public services – whether public sector, social sector or civic/service provider innovators.


Tuesday 14 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Trade and Investment Centre
Level 47, MLC Centre
19 Martin Place, Sydney


Download the current program (PDF)

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Eventbrite - GovCampAU Innovation Dialogue: Sydney

About the GovCamp Innovation Dialogues

The facilitated discussion sessions will be held partly in the ‘unconference’ mode of a GovCamp event, including:

  • Leadership panel – featuring leadership guests taking a snapshot of local public innovation
  • Conversation café segment – to stimulate interaction and explore the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Mini-GovCamp discussion streams – exploring the spaces, people and conversations of value to local public innovation
  • Local showcase – includes the best of GovHack 2015 + other events, tools and initiatives
  • Closing roundup session and lunch

These half-day events will bring together a range of public sector leaders and practitioners, together with innovators from industry and civil society.


The purpose of the session is to stimulate discussion, debate and sharing of knowledge about public sector innovation, as well as highlighting cases from within and outside the sector for innovative delivery of public policy and services. Each city session will work towards two key outcomes:

  • Mapping the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Identifying key innovation soft skills of high value to public service professionals.

Sydney panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in NSW, bringing diverse perspectives from different levels of the public sector as well as other sectors.

Subscribe for updates on the final panellist line-up. Currently confirmed are:

Guglielmo Briscese

Guglielmo is Senior Advisor at the Behavioural Insights Team Australia. His research and work focus on a wide range of behavioural insights projects, including charitable behaviour, employment and economic growth.

Prior to joining the Behavioural Insights Team, Guglielmo was Senior Economist at New South Wales government and before that worked as consultant for a number of international organisations, including the United Nations..

Greg Wells

Greg is the former CIO for NSW Health and Program Director of the Child Story initiative for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Prof. Sam Bucolo

Sam is a leading academic and practitioner in the emerging field of design led innovation, and has led projects which have transformed businesses by embedding design capability. As Professor of Design and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, he leads a team investigating the value of Design Led Innovation to the Australian Economy.

Paul McCarthy

Paul is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sirca.

An observer of technology and its global impacts, Paul has co-founded several innovative technology and online services businesses for IBM, state government, and CSIRO. Paul is the author of the recently-launched book, Online Gravity.

Alun Probert

Alun spent nine years as the Executive Director of Strategic Communications in the NSW Government, with responsibility for advertising and digital policy including managing the NSW Government and Premier’s websites, overseeing approval of all advertising campaigns and managing whole of Government media contracts. Alun now heads the GovCom Group, a new consultancy specialising in public sector communications and digital strategy.


GovCamp Australia organisers: Allison Hornery and John Wells from Cofluence

People are saying…

“Being a part of Innovation Month, these events are also about trying something a bit different. They are about having different types of conversations – involving public servants from all tiers of government, as well as those from industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations.”

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Secretary of Department of Industry and Science

“I’m really looking forward to the national roundup on 31 July…when I’ll get to hear feedback from each of the city Dialogue events and hopefully get to meet some of the other public sector innovators from around Australia attending the end-of-Month forum.”

Alex Roberts

Innovation Advocate, Public Sector Innovation Network

“GovCamp is just what modern Government needs. On an almost daily basis, I see brilliant teams everywhere working in isolation on improving their systems and service delivery. Bringing those people together in a creative and open setting has to be a good idea.”

Alun Probert

MD, GovCom Group (former NSW Government Head of Communication)

Sydney partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
GovCom Group

And thanks to…

Alun Probert

Ian Palmer

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network