What Drives Us
Our vision is a world where citizens, governments, and industry can work together seamlessly to create meaningful change
Us, In a Nutshell
Our work is based on the belief that the problems we face cannot be solved unless a greater number and diversity of people become involved.
We believe that collaboration and openness are key to designing, developing and deploying solutions that meet everyone’s needs.
Together we’re making progress by building stuff that matters.
Who Are We?
Code for Australia is a community of everyday people who are passionate about creating change. Our network brings together people from the public and private sectors to break down silos, work collaboratively and reanimate citizenship.
We have a team of people who help nurture and find opportunities for this community, a bigger team of people who are working on specific projects with us, and a large community of change-makers who apply our ethos in their own organisations. Find out more about our team here.
How We Work
Our work and everything we touch, is driven by the following principles.
1. Start with people’s needs
2. Ensure everyone can participate
3. Start small and continuously improve
4. Use data to inform decisions
5. Default to open
6. Prioritise people over products
Engaging citizens in our work is central to our theory of change. Strong democracies rely on trust between citizens and government, and we believe that organising the public to actively participate in improving bureaucracy and service delivery is the most productive way to build sustainable change in the public sector.
Lastly, while we improve government and civil society, we leave the reform of politics to other organisations.
What do we do?
We run programs that bring together governments, industry and individuals to tackle social issues and allow the general public to meaningfully contribute to civic issues.
Through these programs, we empower institutional entrepreneurs from academia, public sector and private sector to actively solve civic issues.
Together, we believe we can find new solutions to old problems.
We’ve come a long way in just a few short years – here’s how we became who we are today
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