Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII): The million dollar challenge for SMEs
The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) aims to drive innovation that addresses Government policy and service delivery challenges, with the help of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The BRII selected five challenges set by different Government agencies, ranging across biosecurity, child protection, water markets and policy design. Of the five, two were developed by the Department of Social Services. The first is, sharing information nationally to ensure child safety and the second is digitally enabled community engagement in policy and program design.
SMEs submitted proposals in November 2016 and the best proposals received grants of up to $100,000 to test their ideas through a feasibility study. Following this stage of the program, SMEs may be invited to undertake a proof of concept stage that will run for up to 18 months.
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Sharing information nationally to ensure child safety
The Government is working together with state and territory governments and the community sector under The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009-2020) on projects to improve information sharing across borders to help keep children safe.
The Department of Social Services and their challenge partner, NSW Department of Family and Community Services are seeking an innovative digital solution which will allow states and territories to identify when a child at risk or person of interest is known to child protection authorities in other jurisdictions.
Currently, when families and children move or travel interstate they can fall between the cracks until another event brings them to the attention of local child protection authorities who will not be aware of their history.
The tool developed by this challenge will automatically interact with existing child protection information systems to identify relevant records and provide a ‘flag’ for action, alerting caseworkers that information exists elsewhere and provide contact details for caseworkers to follow-up.
BRII Challenge 5: Sharing of information nationally to ensure child safety
Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design
For this challenge, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are partnering to find innovative ways to more effectively engage with stakeholders.
The challenge aims to harness digital technology to overcome the barriers faced by more ‘traditional’ means of government consultation.
SMEs are being asked to come up with a range of digital solutions combining communication processes, information handling, data analytics and social media tools.
Such solutions aim to not only cut time and cost for agencies, but importantly provide stakeholder groups located in urban, regional and remote Australia with platforms to get their voice heard during policy development.
BRII Challenge 3 part A: Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design
BRII Challenge 3 part B: Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design