Civic Academy

Applications are now open for the 2017 Academy & Alumni Program

The 6-week academy is an intensive design-led innovation program to skill-up faster, break down silos, and reimagine the public service.

* 6-week period of rolling up sleeves, 4 hours a week

* Focused on digital transformation

* Mentored by industry and government's brightest makers

* Helping solve government's biggest problems

* 20 people, half government, half industry & academia

* $3,000 per person



1. SkillS & TOOLS

Once a week we provide practical tools and leader-led workshops to work agile, think lean and raise awareness of government challenges.


We facilitate an early stage solution for a problem, challenge or opportunity participants are given to work on for the 6-week process. 


We fuse powerful alliances. We bring together a diverse range of high-calibre public and private sector professionals and give them access to an unparalleled network of speakers, mentors   and resources to mobilise teams and the community. 




+ Unit One: Discover

  • Visioning
  • User needs
  • Digital Standards
  • Agile delivery

+ Unit two: Make

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Cultural change
  • Delivery

+ Unit three: Mobilise

  • Leadership & Mobilising
  • Branding & messaging



+ What are the goals of the academy?

Break silos, increase efficiency and build the infrastructured required to solve civic problems faster.

  • Cultivate bold ideas and connect with leaders in the public and private sector
  • Accelerate collaboration and undestanding of public / private projects
  • Drive awareness and engagement in Digital Transformation and civic issues in Australia

+ How can you benefit from participating?

Energise, collaborate and build a culture of change within the public and private sector.

  • Increase private & public sector participation with your civic issues
  • Leverage industry expertise
  • Cultivate an agile culture within your workplace
  • Become part of the Alumni network that is helping redefine how we address civic issues

+ Whom will I be sitting next to?

We have a wide range of public and private sector people sign up for all of our programs. Typically you will be paired up with;

  • If you are from the public sector we encourage anyone to apply
  • If you are from the private sector we encourage designers / developers & product managers to apply, or people to work with government agencies regularly

+ Will there be any pre-work?

No, but we will provide you with a participation pack which has links to podcasts / readings / interviews / project examples that you can read and listen through in your own time.

+ Should I come equipped with anything?

We will supply all stationary for workshops, if you have a laptop or tablet we encourage you to bring them along.

+ Costs

We'd love to offer this program for free, but we haven't found the magic person or organisation to fund it. In the meantime, the cost per person is $3,000 per person.

+ Times & Dates

The Academy will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30pm and Friday 8-10am.


  • 7th March - 14th April 2017
  • 27th June - 4th August 2017


  • 14th March - 21 April 2017
  • 4th July - 11th August 2017


  • 16th May - 23rd June 2017


  • 3rd October - 9th November 2017