Public Sector Innovation Fund


Eligibility and assessment


Assessment criteria

We have four assessment criteria that are used to evaluate applications:

  • strategic fit
  • innovation
  • value
  • potential to scale.

As a prospective applicant, you can find out more about our criteria below before deciding whether to apply.

Strategic fit

Projects must clearly target a current or emerging need in the Victorian public sector or in an area of Victorian government service delivery.

Stage 1 applications must have the endorsement of the relevant Director or Executive Director (or equivalent). If the project is selected to progress to Stage 2 it also requires endorsement from the relevant Deputy Secretary or equivalent.


To be innovative, projects should creatively apply new knowledge, technologies, methodologies or processes to improve the effectiveness or quality of outcomes for citizens and/or the public sector. Examples include:

  • novel approaches to policy design and service delivery using design thinking, co-design or evidence driven decision-making
  • the use of new tools and technologies like mobility, behavioural insights, cloud storage and computing, data analytics, modelling or visualisation.

Projects may be an extension of an existing program or idea, but must demonstrate significant enhancement or adaptation to be successful.


Applications should identify the value of the project proposal. This value may include quantifiable improvements through more effective services, cost reduction and avoidance, or efficiency that increases service throughput. Value may also include qualitative benefits for citizens by delivering better services to the right people at the right time.

Projects may also include secondary benefits, such as building public sector innovation capability and creating opportunities for new partnerships between government and other organisations.

Potential to scale or replicate

Project applications should clearly identify the opportunities for project solutions, platforms, or learnings to be replicated or shared across the public sector.

Projects that are applicable to very specific, narrow contexts and lack potential to have meaningful impact on a larger scale are less likely to be successful.

Applicants must identify any barriers to future implementation and strategies for overcoming these barriers if the project is successful.