Ideas Challenge 2.0


Following on from the success of the department’s first Ideas Challenge in 2015, Ideas 2.0 – DFAT’s second internal ideas challenge – was launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for International Development on 2 August 2016.

Why do we run Ideas Challenges?

Ideas challenges play a role in embedding innovation across the department – providing a clear open pathway for tapping into the talent and ideas of DFAT staff.

What are the ideas responding to?

We took a fresh approach to Ideas 2.0 – seeking ideas on five specific DFAT challenges set by our Deputy Secretaries, and representing the breadth of DFAT’s diplomatic, trade, development and consular work, both in Australia and across our overseas network.

What was the response?

139 ideas were submitted by staff from our Canberra, State Offices and over 22 countries in our overseas network.

Challenge teams drawn from participants have been formed who are now working to develop solutions to the challenges.
These solutions will be pitched to a Ministerial Panel at the end of the year.

DFAT’s Secretary, Ms Frances Adamson highlighted to staff following the launch of ideas 2.0, “We continue to innovate and continue consciously to work at developing a culture where creativity and diversity, openness, the testing of new ideas, embracing of risk and acceptance of failure in the quest for success are the norm.”