Switch program

Learn how to foster a culture of innovation that is systematic, repeatable, sustainable and scalable.


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Prioritising innovation today has been the key to unlocking post crisis growth but how do you sustain this innovation that has rapidly been forced on us?

Our immersive two-day Switch program will provide you with learning methods, models, and frameworks that can help to foster systematic, repeatable, sustainable and scalable approaches to innovation.

Over two intensive days, you will work with an innovation model and selected tools with a small team coopetition model to generate options that are desirable, feasible and valuable.

You’ll have countless opportunities to learn from like-minded people, giving you insight and knowledge that you can leverage in your workplace. You will learn from innovation champions about how they have built sustainable and scalable public value innovation in their organisational context.

Upon completion of the program, you will join the “Switchers” alumni network. This will enable you to stay connected with a group of talented and committed community of public-value professionals who meet to share insights, lessons learned and support to sustain innovation.

Who is it for?

The Switch program is tailored for anyone seeking to foster public value, including local, state and federal government employees, non-profit employees, as well as those in social ventures.

The last two cohorts consisted of innovators from Perth Children’s Hospital, Department of Finance, Department of Local Government, Department of Training and Workforce Development, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Department of Transport, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Health, South Metropolitan Health Service, City of Cockburn, City of Armadale, City of Greater Geraldton, City of Mandurah, City of Canning, City of Albany, City of Subiaco, City of Stirling, Public Sector Commission and Curtin University.

What will I learn?

This program is a valuable personal and professional development opportunity.

By the end of the program you will have learned how to:

  • Foster systematic, repeatable, sustainable and scalable approaches to innovation
  • Identify the most powerful techniques to uncover the levers inside your company that fuel innovation
  • identify your strengths and areas for development
  • broaden your peer learning through group activities
  • identify ways to create and nurture a culture of experimentation and innovation—and sustain a more agile organisation.
  • walk away with models and tools to assist you on your innovation journey

What does it cost?

The Switch program costs $1500 per delegate. This fee includes materials, tuition fees, learning facilities and catering for two days.

This cost also incorporates an academic led research project in which you and your department will receive valuable insight into the ROI from this program.

Payment options include:

  • Credit card
  • Invoice (option to be invoiced upon acceptance onto the program or on 1 July 2021)

Program dates

The Switch program is run over two days:

  • Monday 14 June 2021
  • Tuesday 15 June 2021

Program overview

 Day 1Day 2
8.30am - 8.45amWelcome, introductions, approachCheck-in & recap day 1
8.45am - 10.15amIntroducing design-led innovation

Double diamond model & tools
Develop phase

Rapid ideation & option selection
10.15am - 10.30amMorning teaMorning tea
10.30am - 12.30pmDiscover phase

Rapid discovery & learnings

Presenting prototypes
12.30pm - 1.00pmLunchLunch
1.00pm - 2.30pmDefine phase

Problem definition
Deliver phase

Seeking & listening to feedback
2.30pm - 2.45pmAfternoon teaAfternoon tea
2.45pm - 4.00pmCustomers & personas

HMW statements
Implementation matters

Lessons learned
4.00pm - 4.30pm Innovation StoriesInnovation Stories

Joint research project

When you join the Switch program, your organisation has the opportunity to be part of a research project that tracks your innovation culture journey and training effectiveness.

The research project will assist you to critically evaluating your personal innovation capability, and identifying potential innovation facilitators and barriers at work. A great understanding of your individual innovation capability and the general innovative environment at work will help you and your organisations to develop a future-focused innovation mindset to help prepare your organisations to handle new and unforeseen challenges.

Program facilitators

The program features experts from Curtin University and high-level facilitators from industry and government:

  • Mr Brad Birt – Director – Learning Partnerships, Curtin University
  • Associate Professor Dorothy Wardale – MBA Director, Curtin Business School
  • Associate Professor Amy Tian – School of Management and Marketing, Curtin Business School

Read more about the program facilitators.

Credit for Recognised Learning 

When you complete this program, you can choose to study further, and may be eligible to receive up to 10 credit points towards Curtin’s flagship MBA Programs.

Apply for Switch 2021

Please make your payment via credit card using the link below.

If you would prefer to be invoiced, please contact:

Telephone: +61 8 9266 4555
E-mail: execed@curtin.edu.au

Past participant testimonials

Curtin, through its Switch Program, is undertaking a very important role in WA – it is developing a network of innovators through an academic lens, sprinkled with lots of real life examples of recent innovation from some of the best leaders and innovators WA has to offer. Using current state government strategies as case studies is logical and makes absolute sense. I believe and hope that this course and its graduates are building the momentum to normalise innovation in government in WA.

Samantha Seymour-Eyles

Manager Corporate Communications | Corporate Communications Services

City of Cockburn

Completing the 2019 Switch Program was a valuable learning experience that provided me with new tools and knowledge to utilise in my current role as innovation manager at Dept of Finance.  The Program was a good balance of practical and academic sessions.  It was professionally organised and presented and provided a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with local and state government people, further building a strong innovation ecosystem in WA.

Mary Manov

Manager Innovation and Research, Optima Centre

As a participant of the inaugural Switch program, I was very impressed with the amount of learning that took place in a relatively short amount of time. I appreciated the style of teaching and the active participation. It was a great opportunity to work with like-minded people from across a range of local and state government departments – many of whom I would never have had the opportunity to work with outside of this program.

Innovation is not typically pursued in roles like mine, where there is a lot of regulation focus. However, I would encourage anyone in any role to take part in Switch as it really does switch on your innovation and open up opportunities, as I have already seen since taking part.

Scott Reitsema

Manager Public Health and Safety, City of Albany