A collaborative program that helps innovative leaders inside government create actionable plans for bold ideas

What Is Validate

Our Validate program gives leaders in government the support they need to explore, test and roadmap new ideas, before investing large amounts of time and resources into them.

Test Quickly

Over four to six weeks, we work alongside you to explore new ideas, sense-checking if they’re viable, feasible and desirable. 

Build Collaboratively

We work with your stakeholders, staff and community to make sure your plans are grounded in reality and consider everyone’s needs.

Plan Realistically

We leave you with a roadmap of next steps including practical information on the costs, time, people and resources you’ll need.


It was a pleasure working with Code for Australia throughout the Validate  process. They were able to quickly wrap their heads around our particular challenge and were very thorough in engaging all the relevant parties in the discussion. They were incredibly consultative, checking-in at various points throughout the process to ensure we were all on the same page. I really appreciated their flexibility in regards to elements of the project changing midway through, and even so were able to turn things around in a timely manner.

Khan Churchill, City of Whittlesea

Meet Your Team

Through Validate, you’ll be connected to a network of makers and innovators who will draw on their experiences working with government to guide you through your journey.

Common Questions


What are the goals of Validate?

Our mission is to help governments of all sizes be more open and work collaboratively with their communities to solve our most pressing issues. 

Validate works towards this goal by pairing public sector innovators who have bold ideas, with experts from the private sector. Together, you’ll work through the process of validating an idea – making sure that the end solution is technically sound and most importantly meets the needs of the community it seeks to serve. 


Who will I be working with?

You’ll be teamed up with talented experts and change-makers from the private sector. Everyone who participates in Validate is passionate about finding new ways to solve social challenges and has experience working with government to draw from.


How long is it and what does it cost?

Validate is tailored to each department or agency’s needs. Programs are typically four to six weeks long, depending on how quickly you can provide access to your stakeholders and community for consultation with prices between $18,000 – $25,000.


Where does the good stuff happen?

Our experts will split time in-situ with you, working with your community and working from their happy place (wherever that might be).


How can I benefit from participating?

If you’ve ever had an idea to make something in the public sector more affordable, scalable, easy or efficient, this is the place to validate it.

By participating in Validate you can expect to walk away with an actionable plan, that has been crafted by drawing upon collective knowledge from the private-sector, your community and your stakeholders.


How is this different from Sandpit?

Sandpit is another one of our programs which helps public sector innovators explore, test and validate their ideas.

With Sandpit, there is a large emphasis on capability building. Participants walk away with a new set of skills and the beginnings of a business-case for their idea.

With Validate, there is more emphasis on roadmapping. Participants walk away with some new skills, but the focus is on a project plan for a new idea that is fully fleshed out and validated with their community.


Your name says code. How much tech do I need to know?

We believe all leaders in the public service need a strong foundational understanding of technology and run a crash course for this. 

If your idea involves technology, you’ll need a strong digital lead. If you’re committed to learning, we’ll work with you to help you understand the process as we go and suggest areas that you might need to brush up on.

Want To Know More?

Express your interest in Validate to take the next step and find out more. We’ll be in touch to explore where you’re currently at, what your needs are and prepare a quote (if you want one).

Why People Love Working With Us

It’s not just access to the industry people but also to the things that they’re willing to share, that made it an excellent experience. Rebecca Johnston

Senior Lawyer - Practice Standards, Victoria Legal Aid

One of the real strengths is the collaboration across different government sectors and with the private sector, in bringing in those different ideas and different perspectives. Jeremy Harris

Department of Premier & Cabinet, NSW

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