Government as innovation leader


NSW Innovation Concierge

The NSW Innovation Concierge, or NIC, is a service created to assist innovators and entrepreneurs navigate and gain access to the right information and people in NSW Government. 

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Innovation Launch

A program of structured challenges designed to help innovators collaborate with government to solve specific problems. Seed funding of up to $150,000 is available to successful proponents. 

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Regulatory Sandboxes

The NSW Government endorse regulatory sandboxes to improve the competitiveness of doing business in NSW.

The Regulatory Sandbox initiative encourages innovators to raise regulatory barriers with the relevant regulator and allows innovators to negotiate testing environments for new business models or products that are constrained by or outside of existing regulations. 

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  • Digital licenses

We’ll provide NSW licence holders with the option of a Digital Licence to meet rising expectations for easier, better and faster access to services.

  • Simplified contracts and tendering

New procurement processes are making it easier for startups and SMEs to do business with government.

  • The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC)

With 12 new priority projects, the DAC will continue to generate insights into some of the complex issues that impact the people of NSW.

  • Digital Government

The Digital Government Strategy will accelerate the digital transformation of government in NSW. It will outline our vision for smarter government and help us transform the way we design and deliver services through a better understanding of our customers. The Strategy will drive digital innovation and greater use of data, to help us meet priorities like making better government services and 70% of government transactions digital. 

  • Innovation Partnerships for Digital Health

eHealth NSW is forming partnerships with NSW Health organisations, leading information technology industry players and the NSW research community. The partnerships will prioritise:

  • advanced data management, healthcare analytics and bioinformatics
  • user-centric design for safety, quality and reliability
  • device integration with clinical information systems
  • digital tools to enable integrated models of care
  • dMarketplace

dMarketplace is an all of government data program which includes platforms, policy and practice to support greater social and economic outcomes from the data held by the NSW Government. An Alpha has been developed to test our assumptions in this space, and to trial a streamlined and digital approach to data governance and access management, a key enabler for ensuring appropriate controls and privacy for shared data. dMarketplace also includes better discovery of open and shared data from existing platforms, as well as the establishment of a new Data Practice in the Digital Government Policy and Innovation team (DFSI) to provide technical support to agencies wanting to share and publish open, spatial or sensitive data. dMarketplace has been a collaboration between DFSI Branches, the DAC and industry, and will evolve over time to respond to the changing needs of data custodians, data users and the emerging data industry.

  • Smart Cities framework

'Smart' Cities are vibrant and productive cities and towns that leverage data, internet of things (IoT) technologies, hi-tech interfaces and digital analytics. The new framework will guide the planning and design of innovative, productive urban environments.

  • Measuring government’s innovation capability

This pilot program will assess the existing and future capacity of the NSW public service to develop innovative solutions.

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