Designed to drive new, more effective solutions to complex policy and service delivery challenges in Victoria. We support small-scale collaborative projects that test new approaches to deliver better outcomes.
Open to any organisation working with or within the Victorian public sector.
Currently accepting applications.
By supporting innovative projects, the Fund seeks to:
- create opportunities for new partnerships between government and other organisations
- strengthen the innovation capability in the Victorian public sector by facilitating experiential learning
- promote project outcomes and solutions across the public sector to encourage inter-departmental collaboration to solve complex policy challenges
- share the outcomes of projects and propagate new approaches, tools, and methodologies (for example, new procurement approaches, new tools to drive behaviour change, and new collaboration platforms) across government.
The Fund supports innovative projects within the public sector. Projects must be led by a Victorian government department, agency or statutory body, but can involve a mix of collaborating organisations, including businesses, research, not-for-profit and community organisations.
We have four assessment criteria that are used to evaluate applications:
- strategic fit
- potential to scale
As a prospective applicant, you can find out more about our criteria below before deciding whether to apply.
Projects must clearly target a current or emerging need in the Victorian public sector or in an area of Victorian government service delivery.
Stage 1 applications must have the endorsement of the relevant Director or Executive Director (or equivalent). If the project is selected to progress to Stage 2 it also requires endorsement from the relevant Deputy Secretary or equivalent.
To be innovative, projects should creatively apply new knowledge, technologies, methodologies or processes to improve the effectiveness or quality of outcomes for citizens and/or the public sector. Examples include:
- novel approaches to policy design and service delivery using design thinking, co-design or evidence driven decision-making
- the use of new tools and technologies like mobility, behavioural insights, cloud storage and computing, data analytics, modelling or visualisation.
Projects may be an extension of an existing program or idea, but must demonstrate significant enhancement or adaptation to be successful.
Applications should identify the value of the project proposal. This value may include quantifiable improvements through more effective services, cost reduction and avoidance, or efficiency that increases service throughput. Value may also include qualitative benefits for citizens by delivering better services to the right people at the right time.
Projects may also include secondary benefits, such as building public sector innovation capability and creating opportunities for new partnerships between government and other organisations.
Potential to scale or replicate
Project applications should clearly identify the opportunities for project solutions, platforms, or learnings to be replicated or shared across the public sector.
Projects that are applicable to very specific, narrow contexts and lack potential to have meaningful impact on a larger scale are less likely to be successful.
Applicants must identify any barriers to future implementation and strategies for overcoming these barriers if the project is successful.
Grant applications can be submitted to the Public Sector Innovation team in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) at any time.
DPC reserves the right to close applications for a period of time due to limited funding availability or resourcing constraints.
Not all projects will be suitable for support under the Public Sector Innovation Fund. Before making an application we encourage you to follow these steps to work out if your project is a good fit.
Take the time to understand what we are looking for:
- for more information about our approach read the objectives of the Fund
- familiarise yourself with projects that have been supported by the Fund
- download the program guidelines to understand the program better
- consider your project in relation to the assessment criteria: strategic fit, innovation, value and scalability
- make sure that you have a government partner (department, agency or statutory body) and will be able to gain the endorsement of the relevant Deputy Secretary (or equivalent)
- contact the Public Sector Innovation Fund team () to discuss your project.
Download the application template to begin preparing your submission.
- The Department has total discretion to accept or reject applications. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
- Feedback may be provided to unsuccessful applicants, on request and at the discretion of the Department.
- By submitting your application, you agree that the Department may later pursue similar projects in the same field even if your application is not accepted.
The Fund supports a broad range of collaborative projects that test new approaches. Here are some examples of projects that have received funding.
- – a range of enhancements were made to the Ask Izzy mobile website to improve service accessibility for Aboriginal Victorians.
- – an online refuge register tool was developed and rolled-out. It allows Safe Steps to better track the capacity and utilisation of refuge accommodation for Victorian women and children at risk of family violence.
- – an existing tool (SmartSafe+) was redeveloped to better empower women to leave violent relationships and access the justice system.
- – 10 Victorian Government teams completed a tailored curriculum for project-based learning focused on creating impact.
- – this simple, convenient and secure online application makes it easier for Victorian victims of family violence living in designated regions to seek protection through the courts.
- Immunisation behaviour change – four trials tested ways to improve youth immunisation rates in Victoria through behavioural science.
- – a digital home for Victorian public servants to share, connect and learn around innovation news, case studies, toolkits, events and groups.
- – up to 48 startups will have the opportunity to work with Victorian Government departments and agencies to co-design innovative solutions to public sector problems (challenges).
- – increasing the quality and efficiency of applications for enforcement review submitted to Fines Victoria on the ground of special circumstances (including intellectual disability, mental illness or disorder, serious alcohol or drug addiction, and homelessness).
- – a new fibre optic technology solution is being trialled, to deliver more efficient and effective bridge management while improving safety and limiting user disruption.
- – YourCase is a web app that allows family violence victim survivors to track, document and interact with their court proceedings digitally.
- Great Ocean Road Bushfire Evacuation Decision Support System – a Decision Support System (DSS) is being created to predict and plan for bushfire evacuations, and to compare evacuation to other risk management options, such as infrastructure improvements to roads and bridges to reduce risks.
Reviewed 09 May 2019