What Drives Us
Us, In a Nutshell
We believe that the biggest problems of our time can and will be solved through collaboration, openness and courage. When people from inside government and out can come together to design, develop and deploy solutions that meet everyone’s needs.
We’re making progress by building stuff that matters, with everyone.
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 reimagine service delivery.
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
Creating opportunities for people to become more involved in civic life is central to our theory of change. We believe that strong democracies are built on trust between citizens and government, which stems from openness and mutual understanding. Through creating opportunities for exchange, we hope to build greater empathy, respect and trust between those who serve and their communities – all while improving bureaucracy and service delivery.
Lastly, while we improve government and civil society, we leave the reform of politics and policy 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. At the moment, our programs are: Fellowship, Sandpit and Tech for Non Tech.
Through these programs, we empower institutional entrepreneurs from academia, public sector and private sector to actively solve civic issues. We also ensure that members of the community that may not often be heard are represented and included.
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We're based in Melbourne, on the traditional lands of the Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin nation.
We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging across Australia.
As an organisation we benefit from the rich history of contributions that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have made to the world.