Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
New centre to enhance public sector innovation

Download PDFDownload PDF

26, June 2012

New centre to enhance public sector innovation

The Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Kate Lundy, today welcomed the appointment of Jane Treadwell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the newly established Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design.

The centre is a pilot cross-agency initiative designed to help the Australian Public Service (APS) better respond to the challenges of the 21st century and inspire creativity and innovation through collaboration across government departments.

“Ms Treadwell is an excellent choice for the role of CEO for this new centre, and I congratulate her on her appointment to this new position,” Senator Lundy said.

“Ms Treadwell’s previous roles have included senior consultant to the World Bank, Chief Information Officer for the Victorian Government, and Deputy CEO for Business Transformation at Centrelink.

“She is eminently qualified and has the right skills for establishing this initiative and she has a keen understanding of the value of collaborative innovation in the APS.”

Senator Lundy said this new initiative would assist the public sector meet challenges and find new ways of working to deliver better outcomes for all Australians.

The Centre will assist the APS deliver innovative, practical solutions to respond to complex issues and to explore new methods in solution formulation, development and delivery.

For more information about the Centre visit To view Ms Jane Treadwell’s biography refer to the appendix.

Media contact: Jessica Hill (Minister Lundy) on 0407 926 077 Department contact: Tony Weber 02 6213 7998 / 0400 012 810


Media Release Senator Kate Lundy Minister for Sport, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation


Director, Jane Treadwell Consulting and Senior Consultant, World Bank

Jane spent 25 years working in state and federal governments and held leadership, board and executive positions across health, public sector reform, correctional services, welfare, innovation, planning and community development. She was Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Business Transformation (DCEO) for Centrelink and was Victoria’s Government CIO - all roles that earned her the National CIO of the Year award in 2005.

Now based in Victoria, she runs her own business (Jane Treadwell Consulting) as an independent adviser on strategy, service transformation and e-governance to client governments and companies. She sits on the NSW Government’s ICT Industry Advisory Board, and is also a Senior Consultant with the World Bank’s Global ICT Unit. In this role she advises developing countries on government transformation enabled by technology and change management and moderates its Global Leaders for Transformation Network - a real-time peer advice group of senior government leaders throughout the world.

Jane was awarded the Woman of the Year in the 2011 iAwards. The Woman of the Year award recognises an inspiring woman who has made a consistent and significant contribution to the ICT industry. Judges look for individual excellence, being a role model for women through extensive service as a practitioner, and an outstanding contribution to advancing women’s recognition in the industry.

In early 2011 she instigated and chaired the annual volunteer Melbourne Steering Group of the Random Hacks of Kindness - a global community of software engineers and subject matter experts who collaborate on projects designed to identify and solve critical development problems using digital solutions (e.g. earthquake experience reporter, Bushfire Connect enhancements, clearinghouse for emergency alerts and warnings). She has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.