What if I have an idea that isn't listed as a challenge?
If you have a great idea about how you can improve the way government operates or improve the services for citizens of NSW, we encourage you to submit your idea via AskNic.
How do I submit my idea?
Select the ‘Challenges’ link from the navigation menu to view and submit an idea for active challenges. Mouse-over a targeted challenge and click the “Post idea” button to quickly access the Idea Submission form. You can also click "View Challenge" to access an informational homepage for each challenge.
What should I do if I have started entering in details about my idea but do not have time to post it immediately?
The Enter Idea form is very simple. Use a Note Pad or MSWord to capture your draft. You can edit your idea details there and then copy the content over to the Enter Idea form when ready.
I have posted my idea but would like to make some changes -- can I do that?
Ideas that have been posted can be edited until a challenge is closed. If you are unable to change your submitted idea, you can post a comment on your idea from your My Activity page and a member of the Innovation Team will be in contact.
Can I submit multiple ideas under one submission?
For better efficiency and tracking, it is important to submit all ideas individually.
Can I submit an idea that has been suggested in the past but never implemented?
Every idea submitted will be considered. Review the idea and any attached comments. Add comments either supporting or challenging the idea.
Is it possible to submit anonymous ideas or comments?
No, all ideas and comments are identified by the user’s name. This is necessary so that reviewers can provide feedback or seek further input. As such, it is important that all teammates use good judgment when submitting ideas and making comments on the ideas of others.
What happens after I submit an idea?
The status of each idea will be modified as it moves through various stages of consideration. Any idea whose status is marked “Pending” has yet to be reviewed by the Innovation Team. Once reviewed by the team, ideas will move to an “In Evaluation” status. The key impacted agency or stakeholder designated for accountability will be listed in the comment section of the idea. Once the idea has been considered, it will either move to an “In Process” status, indicating that it is being further investigated, elaborated or prioritised. Once an idea has been fully executed or resolved, then the status will be changed to “Executed”.
Tracking an Idea
How do I get updates or track the status of an idea I submitted?
Each user is subscribed to his/her own ideas by default and to ideas commented upon unless changes are made to the user’s profile. Locate My Profile in the navigation bar at the top of the homepage and then click on Edit Your Profile to change the frequency of the email notifications.
What if my idea falls outside of the current business plan or the priorities established for a specific functional area? Does this mean my idea will not be considered?
Agencies are asked to consider the merit of each idea given the current situation, customer value, and other relevant parameters. The customer value that both new and old ideas bring will be considered and compared to the previously agreed upon business plan and decisions will be made accordingly.
Can I speak with someone about my application?
Yes. If you would like to discuss your idea further, please submit a comment on your idea via the My Activity page and a member of the Innovation Team will be in contact.
How quickly will you get back to me about my application?
The Innovation Team will typically contact you within 3 business days to acknowledge receipt of your idea and to discuss next steps.
Is there an application deadline?
Yes. Each challenge launched will have a deadline for applications to be submitted and will be clearly visible via our countdown timer on the challenge homepage.
What's the funding range for applications?
Depending on the idea and subject to funding criteria being met, there is up to $150,000 in funding available to each successful idea.