Much to celebrate and another farewell!
A snap from our most recent Civic Makers - our final one for the year is happening tomorrow night, in Melbourne (link)

Hello ,

It's that special time of year where we wrap up the last of our projects, brace our bellies for more food than we really need, and take a collective sigh. There's 21 days left of this decade - we hope you are proud of all that you've achieved! If not, we're big fans of this small booklet that guides you through yearly reflections. It's a great gentle reminder that you've done more than you probably realise, and that there's plenty to be patting yourself on the back for.

And there's plenty we're pleased as punch about here.

Firstly, this week, we officially became a certified B Corporation! It's been an eighteen month journey to get to this point, so we're thrilled to finally join this global community of change-makers.

We're also in the final stages of preparation for a brand new Fellowship with the City of Hobsons Bay in Victoria, starting in January! The team of two will be tasked with developing an app that helps residents recycle, as part of the council's plans to move towards a circular economy. Keep your eyes out for updates early next year!

We're also wrapping up the year with a final custom Tech for Non Tech class with a Federal Commission, and a final Civic Makers session here in Melbourne. Who said December was for resting?

Finally, some news from your humble narrator - I'm incredibly sad and excited to announce that I'll be leaving the Code for Australia Base Team at the end of January, after a wild three years of making useful things and life-long friends in civic tech.

For those who have always liked the way Code for Australia does things, a very special opportunity now exists to join the team and I couldn't recommend it enough.  

Until next year, we hope you have a fabulous festive season! Stay safe and celebrate joyously - you've earned it.

Grace (the storyteller)
+ The Code for Australia Team



Small steps in a good direction lead to great things. Here's a few things we think are definitely worth celebrating.

A huge congratulations to Lara Stephenson and Alexandra Crook, the lead researchers on our Digital Maturity Indicator. This month, they've released two hugely generous and well-written blog posts about adapting the Harvard-based research for Australian governments, and also the recommendations they've uncovered for New South Wales government so far.

This month, we also released our annual #GovWin awards - a small thing we can do to acknowledge great work in the public sector. This year, we were thrilled to have community nominations and awards for all over the country. Check out all the award-winning public servants!

Earlier this year, we won an exchange grant through Code for All to onboard Open Up (South Africa) and Code for Japan as delivery partners of our Tech for Non Tech workshop. This month, Code for Japan ran their very first class with huge success. Well done!

Finally (there has been a lot to celebrate lately) a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to getting us over the line to B Corporation certification. Namely, Lina Patel, our former Chief of Getting Things Done was an absolute powerhouse for getting us most of the way there. It's been a team effort for many months!


The Reading Room

Here's where you'll still find all your monthly bits of good stuff happening in the world of civic tech - both in Australia and abroad.

Using data to combat illegal fishing
Why AI for good is actually often bad

The DTA is mapping the connections between government services
Voting could be the problem with democracy
The gap between truth and data

Listen to my podcast
If audio is how you learn best, this is where we'll share our favourite podcasts, audiobooks and the occasional motivational playlist.

This month: This month, Nonprofit and Government Collaborations Move at the ‘Speed of Trust' by Inside Social Innovation (a podcast series from Stanford Social Innovation Review).

Voices From The Team

A collection of stories, updates, achievements and thoughts from the Code for Australia blog, and sometimes, further afield.

Open Nouse November 2019 Edition
We’re officially a B Corporation

Our 2019 Annual #GovWin Awards
Findings and recommendations from the Digital Maturity Indicator
How we’re adapting the Harvard Model for Digital Maturity

Opportunities & Events

Here are some of ways you can raise a hand, collaborate, learn and explore civic tech this month.

Join us in Melbourne for our final Civic Makers Meetup for 2019
We are looking for a new Community and Communications Lead
Anika Legal are looking for a Fundraising Manager



What happens when an AI plays noughts and crosses?

It cheats of course.


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