Selection Criteria

Innovation Launch will assess each idea based on four key factors when considering an application. These factors include the strategic fit of a idea with the NSW Government and Premier Priorities; how innovative the idea is; its value; and its potential to scale or replicate within government.


Strategic Fit with Priority Areas

Projects must clearly target an area of current focus and priority within the NSW Government. This may be demonstrated through strategic fit with NSW.

Government priorities: Projects that respond to NSW Government policy priorities and contribute to public sector reform. This includes complex challenges in policy design or government service delivery that may involve multi-agency stakeholder environments such as justice, human services, health and education.

Public sector reform: projects that reflect the principles and approaches of public sector reform. Public sector reform seeks to build more collaborative, networked and innovative ways of working between government, citizens and communities to improve outcomes for NSW.

The six principles of public sector reform are:

  • Target and drive outcomes

  • Invest responsibly guided by evidence

  • Evaluate and measure impact

  • Honour public trust through transparency and integrity

  • Collaborate to deliver public value

  • Enable the public sector workforce to support change 

Innovation in Idea

Our focus is on ideas that demonstrate how the application of new knowledge, technologies or processes can deliver improved efficiencies, effectiveness or quality of outcomes for citizens and/or the public sector.

This might include:

  • Innovative approaches to policy design and service delivery through the use of behavioural insights, co-design, or data-driven decision-making; or

  • The use of new technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics, and algorithms

Value Creation for Citizens

We look for projects that will deliver public and/or economic value. Applications should include a list of quantifiable and qualitative benefits for project participants and end users, including evidence to support these claims.

Potential to Scale within Government

We are interested in supporting innovations that can be scaled up or replicated into other settings. Applications should clearly identify the opportunities for project solutions, platforms, or learnings to be replicated or shared across the public sector, and any barriers (including financial) to future implementation. Applications should include basic strategies for overcoming these barriers if the proof of concept or trial is successful. These strategies will be expected to become more detailed if the proposal progresses to the next stage.