2016 Australia 3.0 ‘Wicked’ Policy Challenge on ICT Procurement

A30 Policy Challenge

Sydney – August to December 2016

Priority Question ‘What ICT solutions can help to increasethe agility, innovation of government ICT procurement?’

Framing the Challenge

There is an urgent emerging need for Australian industry and Governments to work together to accelerate the development of collaborative engagement models that lead to significantly better outcomes (i.e. lower cost, improved services, greater citizen satisfaction) through business innovation enabled by ICT.

How to get involved?

  1. Please read the 2016 A3.0 ICT Procurement Challenge overview
  2. Register the Expression of Interest form by 4pm Wednesday 3 August 2016
  3. Attend the Kick Off Briefing at 5pm Wednesday 3 August 2016 at ACS Sydney

What are we trying to achieve?

This Australia 3.0 “Wicked Policy” challenge seeks to create a process for government to innovate in procurement. The ICT procurement framework will be tested using a live example of an ICT platform currently being scoped by a NSW government agency (target delivery 4Q 2016). This ICT platform will use the ICT procurement framework developed by the Australia 3.0 participants. With input from client agencies – NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and the Greater Sydney Commission guided by the needs of both government and industry participants. The final recommendations will be published on the Australia 3.0 website and provided to all participants including the sponsor groups within the host governments.

What’s the commitment?

  • Participants must attend the Kick Off Briefing 3 Aug and all Rounds 10/24 Aug and 14/28 Sep in Sydney.
  • You will need to cover your own travel costs to attend the events from 8.30am – 5.30pm mid-week.
  • The winning team will present their solution at an open forum on 30 November and attend the ACS Reimagination summit on the day of 1 December and the ACS Digital Disruptor Awards that evening.

Who can participate?

We seek participants keen to explore a range of methodologies to address the real world challenges which inhibit ICT procurement reform. Calling for a mix of people with experience in developing technical solutions, running small business and working in government.

How Does a Wicked Policy Challenge work?

The Wicked Policy Challenge is intended to take the best of the creativity unleashed by a traditional hack-a-thon and direct it toward a real world problem of greater complexity than can be addressed in a single intense session. The Australia 3.0 approach is to work with teams to work in sprints to address  the client problem to deliver a rapid result with real outcomes.

A3.0 WPC ICT Procurement

Kicking off with Round 0 we work with our sponsor agencies to refine the problem space, around the “wicked” policy challenge. As preparation for the Round 1, the ideation teams will get to explore these areas of strategic importance and identify problems that can be addressed through Design Thinking techniques.  Ideation teams still get to explore areas they find interesting, and we will ensure they are also important to Australia.


Activity ICT Procurement Time Location
Registration EOI Wed, 3 August 2016 4:00pm Online
Client Workshop Wed, 3 August 2016 2:00 – 5:00pm ACS*
Kick Off Briefing Wed, 3 August 2016 5:00 – 7:00pm ACS*
Team Selection Fri, 5 August 2016 12noon Online
Round 1 Wed, 10 August 2016 8:30am – 5:30pm UNSW CBD**
Round 2 Wed, 24 August 2016 8:30am – 5:30pm UNSW CBD**
Round 3 Wed, 14 September 2016 8:30am – 5:30pm UNSW CBD**
Round 4 Wed, 28 September 2016 8:30am – 5:30pm UNSW CBD**
Presentation Wed, 30 November 2016 TBC NSW Parliament House
Reimagination Thu, 1 December 2016 8:30am – 10:30pm Sydney Star

* ACS National Office Level 11, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000

** UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney CBD, NSW 2000

Contact Kelly Hutchinson Australia 3.0 Program Manager admin@australia30.com.au 0403803543