The first GovCamp Australia event in Queensland was 2012, and the most recent was July 2014  when Brisbane hosted one of the six sites for the first nationally networked GovCamp. In 2015, Brisbane is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 15 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.


Wednesday 15 July, 9am – 1.30pm

Venue (updated):

Brisbane City Hall (Brisbane Room)
64 Adelaide St


Download the current program (PDF)

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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.

Brisbane panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in Queensland, 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:

Dr Geoff Garrett AO

Dr Geoff Garrett was appointed Queensland Chief Scientist in January 2011. In this role he is accountable for science policy and providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments. He has also been involved with or led a number of reviews and inquiries, covering topics including the science of floods, uranium mining, Hendra virus, underground coal gasification and health and biomedical research.

Dianne Jeans

Dianne Jeans is the Chief Strategic Policy and Innovation Officer for the QLD Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and has worked across a number of government agencies covering criminal justice policy, human services policy and service delivery, economic development issues, community engagement and integrated service delivery.

Brad Muller

Brad is the Director for Staff Innovation and Business Improvement Capability at the ATO

Brad is responsible for developing an enterprise approach to managing and leveraging staff innovation within the ATO.  The ATO is currently undertaking a journey of reinvention with a focus on transforming the experience the community has when dealing with them, setting up staff for success (with an emphasis on putting clients at the centre) and creating enduring cultural change within the organisation.

Dr Tim Kastelle

Tim Kastelle is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management at the UQ Business School.

Tim’s primary research interest is the impact of innovation economic growth at the levels of the firm, region, sector and nation. His current projects include studies of the internal mechanics of innovation, building an innovation capability in established firms, the evolution of national innovation systems, and work on business model innovation and its impact on innovation diffusion.  He is Managing Editor of the journal Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice.

Prof Brian Head

Professor Brian Head joined the Institute for Social Science Research in mid-2007 after holding senior roles in government, universities, and the non-government sector. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on public management, governance, social issues and environmental policy. His major interests are evidence-based policy, program evaluation, early intervention and prevention, collaboration and consultation, service delivery, accountability and leadership. He has strong interests in applied research across many areas of public policy and governance, and is committed to building closer links between the research and policy sectors.


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

“The BiiG network is proud to support this fantastic Brisbane event which offers our members a unique opportunity to have a real conversation and debate with colleagues, academia and industry about innovation in Government, which is at the heart of our network.”

Rebecca Hannan

Manager BiiG (Business Innovation and Improvement) Network, Qld Treasury

“This isn’t just about ‘blue sky thinking’ but a new opportunity to explore and connect – with people like you – better ways to Get Stuff Done in a spirit of public purpose.”

John Wells

GovCamp Australia co-convenor

Brisbane partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
Queensland Government
Business Innovation & Improvement in Government Network

And thanks to…

Geoff Garrett, Queensland Chief Scientist

Rebecca Hannan, Manager BiiG (Business Innovation and Improvement) Network, Qld Treasury

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network