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eGov Cluster newsletterAugust 2014

Dear Industry and Agency Contacts

Hello.  If the past six months has been as busy for you as it has for us, then like us you'll thinking where's 2014 gone; is life just getting faster and faster?

And that thought leads us to the theme for this our latest Newsletter 'How To:  Do More with Less'.

Budget cuts ('efficiency dividends'), customer service demands, operational demands, competition.  In response you're told to 'do more with less'; 'work smarter'; and even 'think outside the box'.

Practically, what can you do?  The first thing is: read on!


DCC Awards Evening

26 March 2014 Canberra
Digital Canberra Challenge Awards Evening

Round 1 of the Digital Canberra Challenge competition concluded on 26 March 2014 with the Awards event. The winner and runner-up were announced – DigiACTive and Design Managers Australia (DMA) respectively. They were both on hand to demonstrate their solutions, and attendees also got a thought provoking presentation by Nicholas Gruen on Public-Private Partnerships. DigiACTive tackled Challenge 1 - Events’ Approval System and DMA, Challenge 2 – Booking Government Services. The Competition Board found it extremely difficult to pick a winner; both teams produced amazing proof-of-concepts and associated case study reports, the latter of which are publicly available here.

Information: The currency of the digital economy

‘Out and About’
29 May 2014 Canberra
Information: The Currency of the Digital Economy

In response to the Digital Transition Policy, the eGov Cluster was pleased to attend the ‘Conference of Information: the Currency of the Digital Economy’ held on 29 March 2014 by National Archives of Australia (NAA) as a concluding event for Information Awareness Month (IAM) of 2014. >> READ MORE


16-20 June, Singapore

The Cluster joined both NICTA and the ACT Government Trade Mission for a week of promotional and business engagement activities in Singapore centred around CommunicAsia.  For both parties, the objective was to encourage investment and further collaboration for mutual benefit. >> READ MORE

Innovation in Service Delivery

18 June 2014, Canberra
Innovation in Service Delivery

The Department of Human services (DHS) and CSIRO have collaborated in presenting an Innovation in Service delivery forum held at the University of Canberra on 18 June 2014.  The first part of the forum incorporated keynote speakers included Prof. Philip Grossman Experimental Research Insights team from the Monash University, Dr. Karen Stenner from CSIRO, and Abul Rizvi Deputy Secretary from the Department of Communications, who presented on ‘Behavioural Economics: A Primer with Applications’; ‘Researching Behavioural Insights in Public Sectors’, and ‘The government’s Digital Economy Strategy as a Driver for Service Delivery Innovation’ respectively.  The second part of the forum comprised a discussion session, which provided an opportunity for attendees to share and participate in the focuses of innovation in services delivery reform across governments. >> READ MORE


Enterprising Partnerships

Enterprising Partnerships are business, industry and government solution providers. We align competencies in building strategic business alliances with issues or solutions required and build those competencies for the future in your own organisation. We have extensive experience in engaging companies and research in building collaborative strategic alliances and enabling business leaders’ collaborative competencies. We’re joining the eGov Cluster having been actively involved in promotion and practicing open collaborative innovation for many years. Next generation business models; knowledge intensive advanced manufacturing, bio-industrial innovations; and eHealth are hot.

Frank Wyatt| Managing Director
Enterprising Partnerships Pty Ltd
(Advance Manufacturing Capability Alliance Partner)
P: 0414 39 2323
PO Box 5127 South Melbourne Vic 3205  |

"A not only for profit company"


During July’s Innovation Month Cofluence has convened the first nationally-networked GovCamp ‘unconference’ across six cities ( and on held a live interview event with world thought leaders via  These are some of the ways Cofluence aims to impact public innovation through convening, facilitating and amplifying strategic conversations… bridging the ‘white spaces’ between conventional and emergent thinking.  Active in the ‘connected government’ world (e-gov, gov 2.0, open gov) for over 10 years, we now see it evolving ever more rapidly in unexpected directions.  For most in government the biggest challenges still lie around culture and collaboration – whether policy, design, procurement, roll-out or take-up.  So Cofluence holds the conversations that link diverse perspectives.  Tune in!




Jadu is a specialist web experience provider, powering hundreds of digital public service solutions across the world, and is a leader in delivering secure and user focused government transactions and digital services.

Jadu joined the eGov cluster to participate in a forum of like-minded organisations and individuals able share knowledge and experiences of ICT innovation, specifically in relation to digital services.

Our approach to innovation in government is simple and reflected in our passion for delivering better services to people through non-technical tools that empower citizens and the organisations that service them.      #AllAboutTheUser



Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas joined the eGov Cluster team as the new Executive Officer in August 2014. She has a BA in English literature and an LLB in law specialising in International Law and has previously worked in legal and policy areas across both ACT and Commonwealth Government departments, working most recently as a legal officer at the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. She is very interested in ICT innovation and efficiency, especially the impact it can have on Government in Australia.

Victor Wong

We welcomed Victor Wong as our new internship student with eGov Cluster for a two month period starting in June 2014. Victor is currently studying Master of Business Administration specialising in strategic procurement at the Canberra University and has formerly completed a Bachelor of Business degree at La Trobe University.  He also possesses other qualifications in risk management and occupational health and safety. Through the internship with the eGov Cluster Victor had the opportunity to gain practical skills in the industry.


Victor Wong



Digital Canberra Challenge

Round 2 - competitors are announced. Check the DCC Blog for more details.

Round 1 - Case studies released to the public.

Department of Finance - Blog

Be up to date with current discussions around procurement and other ICT related initiatives.

Click here to participate.


NICTA Tech Showcase 2014

28-29 August, Melbourne Convention Centre

Click here for registration.

Transforming data management in the public sector

24-25 September 2014, Rex Hotel, Canberra

Click here for details.

TEDx Canberra

11 October 2014

Get into the TEDx fever here!

Key Contacts
Cluster Manager
Michael Phillips
Executive Officer
Laura Thomas
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