The following is a guest post from our Victoria Legal Aid team about their experiences through the Fellowship so far. It originally was written by Christian Arevalo for the Legal CoLab publication.

In case you were wondering how the magic happens, here’s a quick recap of our work over the last 6 months. You’ll see since our original team of ninjas, vikings and technologists (Rikke, Becca and Christian) beginning at Victoria Legal Aid before our last wizard joined the team in February(Michael). You’ll also discover our love for post-it notes and that we challenge our ideas with a lot of user testing. Check it out:

VLA Fellowship — The Journey

A few weeks ago we put together this little video to show attendees at the Code for Victoria II launch event how…


Our Fellows at Victoria Legal Aid have launched a new publication, making it easy to stay up to date with their progress. Here’s their first blog post, which was first published on Legal Colab here.

First off, welcome to our new Medium publication: Legal CoLab. I’m Michael Calle and I’m a product manager working within Victoria Legal Aid as part of the Code for Australia fellowship program.

What does that mean? I get that a lot…

Code for Australia (CfA) is a purpose-driven organisation that embeds teams of technologists into government organisations as part of a fellowship program to help drive innovation and solve the problems of tomorrow (applications are now open for the 2017 fellowship).

As part of Code for Australia’s 2016 Fellowship program funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Public Sector…


It’s officially happening: we need your help more than ever.

On Friday 3 March, Code for Australia joined forces with the Public Sector Innovation Fund and Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, to announce a brand new round of the Code for Victoria challenge. This time, we have our hearts set on supporting women in technology.

The Journey So Far

The original Code for Victoria Innovation Challenge sought to connect government departments and agencies with teams of talented technologists. Their task was to use agile-thinking and creativity to solve problems that affected the lives of Victorians, through the use of technology.

If we had told you six months ago that…

  • We were going to…


Photo credit: Vincent Versluis

This glimpse of the future is a guest post crafted by Jacob Lindsay and originally appeared on the Aurecon Just Imagine blog.

Three cups of coffee in on a September night in 2016, Buiksloterham’s citizens are exchanging some serious words about the hydroponic herb garden on the corner. They are part of a group of citizens role playing the Water Gamethe Hackable City’s latest initiative to leverage the collective genius of citizens in finding solutions to treating water as a common pool resource.

Its aim — to identify potential pitfalls in Amsterdam’s water system through complex scenario pitching and override them with stunning innovations. …


The following was originally posted the Code for America website and, we thought, deserved to be shared again.

Over the past years of building digital services with local and state governments around the country, we’ve identified seven practices that, when in place, help government become a platform where citizens, public servants and private sector professionals come together to work on issues that affect us all.

1. Start With People’s Needs

Begin projects by conducting research with real people to understand who they are, what they need, and how they behave. Design programs and services around those needs, continuously test with users, and refine policy and processes accordingly.

2. Ensure Everyone Can Participate

Create ways for every community member to productively participate in decisions about issues that affect them…


Giselle Sperber and her story with www.vic.gov.au

People who want to join the fellowship program with us here at Code for Australia all have one thing in common; they think about the future, and make government work for you in the 21st century. A fellow is someone who wants to dive into the unknown, and address an issue no matter what size.

That is exactly what Giselle Sperber did, as she briefly shifted her focus from working with Code for America to Code for Australia. Giselle moved to Melbourne for six weeks, where she spent time with the Digital Engagement team in the Department of the Premier…


The following post is from Ruth Pearson, 2015 City of Greater Geelong Fellow.

Beginning this fellowship, I had not visited the City of Greater Geelong, I knew nothing of its history, or culture, or of the obscene number of art supply stores it has to offer. Welcome to Geelong! I had a lot to learn. Luckily I have been working with some great people including Kathy Reid (GovHack Geelong organiser) and Will McIntosh (of Geelong council), who quickly got me up to speed.

Geelong is a port city with a rich history of manufacturing industry. With the transition of the manufacturing industry, Geelong has been a city in decline. …


As a Code for Australia Fellow, Steve Bennet helped government bodies prioritise which datasets to release as open data. These are his seven reasons why all government should do the same.

#1 Build an app around it


A while back, we discovered that our friends at Outware Mobile had a podcast, and asked if we could run a series of pods on what Citizenship in the Mobile Age actually means.

To make the podcast interesting we decided to interview someone from local, state and federal government. Together with Outware’s experience, government representatives and us, we thought we could make something worth listening to.

In the first pod we discussed what is the role of government in creating digital services for the community? How can the community itself bring ideas and specialist expertise to the conversation and co-create value that benefits everyone. And, what does ‘Government as a Platform’ mean?

Panel:

  • Michael Dalic (Consultant, Outware Mobile)
  • Jithma Beneragama (Director — Digital Engagement, Victorian Government)
  • Dan Groch (Board of Advisors and Co-Founder, Code…


Code For Victoria is underway.

In early August 2016, nine new Fellows joined our team to take on the Code for Victoria Challenge. See their amazing profiles here.

After a week of induction training, Fellows were split into three teams to take on the three challenges chosen from 39 applications.

The Victorian Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, chose the follow projects:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria (DELWP): Improving the collection and availability of biodiversity data.
  • Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF): Building a transparent and accessible system to better collect, analyse and display Victorian government infrastructure tender and contract…

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