Award Categories


The Sir Ken Robinson Innovation and Creativity Award recognises the outstanding initiatives or programs which support and create a culture which stimulates creativity and harnesses innovation.

Award Criteria

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Leadership and Individual DevelopmentThe initiative contributes to identification and development of creative and leadership skills at all levels of the organisation.Evidence examples might include leadership development programs, use of assessment tools to determine capabilities, opportunities for individuals in non-traditional leadership roles to lead innovation projects.
Team EffectivenessThe initiative leads to the development and support of teams with the capacity and capability to be inventive.Evidence examples might include team development exercises, team assessments, cross-functional teams.
Organisational DevelopmentThe initiative leads to an organisational culture which is open and embracing of innovation.Evidence examples might include recognition of individuals and teams who have introduced innovative ideas, support (budget or otherwise) of development of such ideas.
Employee ConsultationThe organisation involves its employees at all levels in seeking solutions in response to organisational challenges.Focus groups, discussion forums, opportunities for feedback, employee climate surveys etc.


InnovationThe initiative is based on/incorporates a new approach to addressing the specific challenge the organisation is facing.Details of how initiative came about – strategy sessions minutes/ surveys/research etc… i.e. planning minutes, analysis conducted, research carried out, early versions of initiative tabled.
Strategic Business AlignmentThe program or initiative is aligned with organisational purpose and addresses strategic or business goals of the organisationEvidence of how program is aligned to strategic/business goals/organisational purpose i.e. organisational strategy, specific business goals, meeting minutes.
SustainableThe outcomes achieved are sustainable and/or replicable

Evidence that initiative is being rolled out in other areas of the organisation i.e. implementation plan/scheduling

Plans for ongoing use of the initiative i.e. implementation plan/schedule, training, expansion plans.

Results of repeated implementation of initiative i.e. incorporation into policy/procedure/business.

Measurement, Impact & OutcomesThe program or initiative has addressed the challenge, achieved the desired outcomes and/or positively impacted on the business

Evidence of improvements and outcomes identifiable as resulting from the program/initiative.

Stakeholder surveys conducted pre/post initiative being introduced i.e. climate survey results, engagement survey results, survey specifically relating to initiative

Budget implications of initiative i.e. cost savings/increased revenue as a result of initiative.

Reporting on initiative results to employees/Board etc. i.e. board paper, newsletter.