This will be the first GovCamp event in the Northern Territory and in 2015, Darwin is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 29 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 29 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Level 2 Jacana House
39 Woods Street, Darwin


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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.

Darwin panel guests

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


Craig Allen

Craig Allen is the NT Commissioner for Public Employment.

Craig has held senior management positions for more than 20 years with a government career spanning more than 36 years.  Craig has a strong commitment to leading strategy that improves organisational performance.

Since becoming Commissioner he has overseen the successful negotiations of a range of Enterprise Agreements, the establishment of the Indigenous Employment and Career Development Unit, streamlined recruitment processes, renewed focus on employees with a disability and enhanced professional development for public servants.


Michael Tennant

Michael Tennant is the CEO of the NT Government Department of Business.

Michael is an experienced public sector administration professional having previously worked in the Queensland Public Service in a range of senior leadership roles across a range of agencies. Prior to joining the Department of Business in October 2014, Michael was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister (DCM).


Glenda Thornton

Glenda Thornton is the Director, Motor Vehicle Registry for the NT Department of Transport.

A 2014 Chief Minister’s Public Sector Medallist, Glenda Thornton has over the past three years placed a strong focus on delivering quality customer service in the Northern Territory’s eight Motor Vehicle Registry outlets.  Together with the MVR staff they transformed the experience of registering a motor vehicle and getting a driver licence. MVR’s ambitious reform program included creating a smartphone app, sticker-free registration and enabling over-the-counter transactions at Australia Post. Customers have also benefited from behind-the-scenes reforms such as upgrading the Motor Vehicle Registration computer system and reviewing almost fifty separate processes to make MVR more efficient.  The MVR was also a finalist in the Chief Minister’s Award for Delivering Quality Customer Service.

Glenda has over 15 years experience in the public sector working in various administrative roles delivering a range of corporate services and has a wealth of experience in project administration.  Prior to her role at MVR, Glenda managed the commercial passenger vehicle compliance and regulation unit within Department of Transport.  Glenda holds a Diploma of Business Management.


Donald Young

Donald Young is Director Information and Business Systems at NT Dept of Lands, Planning and the Environment and Dept of Transport.

Donald Young has been instrumental in a number of system improvements and reforms within the Department of Transport and in particular the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR). His team have brought new IT interfaces and reporting, designed and delivered the NT Rego app and NT Rego Online, built agency wide Business Intelligence reporting to support executive decision making and improving internal reporting for the Legislative Assembly using the Records Management system TRIM. His latest project uses a central tool to reduce manual project reporting across the agency and is being delivered in July 2015.

Donald is a Darwin local, born and bred in the NT and obtained a Bachelor of IT from the Northern Territory University in 2003 (now CDU). With over 15 years’ experience working in the NT Government in various IT and web roles, Donald has managed a number of projects in the NT, however has never felt more charged or empowered to deliver change since the leading the IT and Records teams supporting the Department of Transport.


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

“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

Darwin partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
NT Government Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
Department of Employment

And thanks to…

Libby Doney

Cathy Curry

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network