Why we're excited to kick back a little in September ?
Enjoying a rare bit of Melbourne sun on our final Friday with the Service NSW and Digital NSW Fellows 😢

Hello ,

Welcome to your September Edition of the Code for Australia newsletter.

We're setting ourselves up for a little bit of a quiet month in September, after a huge month in August. Across the Base Team, we managed to get out to seven events - three of which we ran, and three of which we spoke at! We also wrote six blog posts about our work and wrapped up two Fellowship teams. Phew!

When we say a quiet month though, we still have a lot of exciting things in the works. We'll be running two Tech for Non Techs in October across Adelaide and Melbourne, sharing our initial findings with the Digital Maturity Assessments in New South Wales and running an event to help build better pathways into tech for underserved communities. If that last one sounds like something of interest, hit reply to have a chat about what we've got planned!

If you're eager to get involved with any of our programs, book in a chat with our Managing Director, Matt, who has weekly open hours, or come along to meet some of the team in Melbourne at Civic Makers!

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 Kate, Damian, Kynan, Michelle and Adrian - our two teams who recently graduated from their Fellowships in NSW! We’ve loved seeing you grow and seeing you change the people and organisation around you with hard work. We’re so excited and proud of all the new adventures you’re off on now — from growing families to becoming public servants and everything in between.

We are also excited to be making steady progress on our B Corp certification which we'll be talking about in more detail on our blog soon. For now, our biggest achievement is making an attempt to work out what our carbon emissions are, as a tiny organisation. We'd love you to check it out here and let us know your feedback!


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.

The weird application of VR in therapy that's actually working 
Is politics eroding our faith in Australian democracy

Is data science all it's said to be
How civic hacking created wins for housing advocates
The Australian public sector innovations that are worth celebrating

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: How we can code a better government by the team at The Gov We Need.

Voices From The Team

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

Open Nouse - August 2019 Edition
Civic Makers #5 — emerging teams and winding down activities
When things don't go to plan, we pivot

Civic Makers #4 — in the thick of "what are we doing?"
Using analogies to find common ground in tech

From solo to pair programming


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 next Civic Makers Meetup
Mark your calendar for our next Open House
Adelaide / Melbourne - join us at Tech for Non Tech
Innovation in Not-for-Profit: We need to talk about lived expertise
Open Source Collective are looking for a Sustainability Advocate



With all the mapping tools and technology we have today, you'd think it'd be next to impossible to make a mistake like this... Poor New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.


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