Public sector design celebrated in the Government Design Awards

20 July 2017 | Nick Esser

Leading innovation projects from across the public sector have been celebrated as winners are announced in the Government Design Awards.

“Design allows Government to provide innovation services that put people first. It’s fantastic to see so many outstanding examples of the public sector design and innovation throughout the awards,” said Government Design Awards Chairman Mark Bergin.

“The awards reward those within government with the courage to commission and create projects that are made for those who use or engage with them,“ Mr Bergin said.

Included among the 25 award winning projects was the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre. The collaboration between the City of Sydney and Neeson Murcutt Architects with Sue Barnsley Design was awarded the Architecture - Mixed Use category.

Another innovation project in the awards was the Record My Hours App. Developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman and Ansible, the mobile application ensures that workers to automatically and accurately record their hours of work. A list of all the winners is available here.

According to Mr Bergin design is already driving transformation in government, but more needs to be done if government is to innovate and improve services for users.

“Design is transforming the way the public engages with public sector services, and the awards showcases some prime examples of this innovation. Services across the public sector have improved dramatically but we still need keep developing a culture of innovation across government that based on people and their needs, rather than existing capacities.

“It’s not easy to drive human centred change and this is why it is important to stop and celebrate those projects and people that manage to do so,” Mr Bergin said.

The Government Design Awards celebrate the courage of both commissioners and creators of design and innovation projects within the public sector. Nominations are across space, object, visual and experience design categories, and the awards culminate with the announcement of best project, best transformation and innovation awards. The awards are open to all design, innovation and transformation projects through local, state and federal government sectors.

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