Two new Fellowships and our first impact report!
Just a few of the amazing people that helped to make 2019 one to remember!

Hello ,

Welcome back to a brand new year as part of the Code for Australia community. We're excited to work together with you all to do awesome things! Here's hoping you had a restful end of year period.

We'd like to start by acknowledging the devastating bushfires that've swept across the country over the past weeks and send our thoughts to all whose friends, family and communities have been affected. If there are any tech-based community projects that are happening in your community that we can help with - please reach out to let us know how we can support them. Or if you're looking for ways to contribute yourself, check out this great resource from SMH.

For the team here, we've kicked off with speed into the new year already. We've just released our first ever impact report, reflecting on the highs and lows of 2019 along with some new program data to date.

We've also onboarded two new Fellows to our team - Krishna and Aainaa! For the next four and a half months, they’ll be working with a brilliant team at Hobsons Bay City Council who are pioneering a brand new recycling system, developing an app to help residents transition to the new changes.

We're also starting a new Fellowship alongside NSW Legal Aid in a few weeks time. If you're a developer, data scientist or service designer based in Sydney - we'd love to hear from you.

Our other programs are ramping up slowly (including our first Civic Makers at the end of the month) so stay tuned for more exciting updates soon.

And finally, if you happened to miss it, we are very excited to announce that late last year we became a certified B Corporation!

Grace (the storyteller)
+ The Code for Australia Team

P.S. This will be my final update as part of the Base Team. It's been amazing getting to know you all in various capacities over the years. Keep an eye out for our newest team member - Esther - who'll be penning these updates in future!



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

We wanted to take a moment to thank our special supporters who enabled so much of our work last year. Specifically: Telematics Trust, Code for All, Aurecon, Coder Academy, Harvard Kennedy School and Public Sector Network. We appreciate all you do for us!

We also want to acknowledge our government partners from 2019, who we worked tirelessly alongside to create change: NSW Customer Service, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Cenitex, Digital.NSW, Hobsons Bay City Council, Better Regulation NSW, Public Service Commission NSW, Infrastructure NSW, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Health and Human Services VIC and Service NSW.

We couldn't do what we do without your enthusiasm, energy and faith in exploring new ways to create great digital services.

Thank you!


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.

Three rules for better government websites
A primer on Citizens' Assemblies and why they're so powerful

Looking for Indigenous leaders to reform colonial structures
Exploring the future of open justice
Paris is turning carparks into mushroom farms

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, an oldie but a goodie: Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? by Freakonomics.
Voices From The Team

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

Open Nouse December 2019 Edition
Reflecting on seven months of Civic Making

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 first Civic Makers Meetup for 2020
Mark your diary for our first Open House in February

We are looking for three new Fellows in Sydney
OurCommunity are running a Datathon from February



The fictional country of Wakanda found its way into US foreign policy... if only for a little while.


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