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eGov Cluster newsletterDecember 2013

Dear Industry and Agency Contacts

As a busy 2013 draws to a close, we reflect with gratitude on the continuing success of NICTA’s eGov Cluster.

In the last 12 months or so, we have kicked off 5 collaborative projects tackling challenges like government service delivery via mobile devices; cyber security; and digital transition policy.


The two end-on-end Mobile Canberra projects – both now completed, were aimed at creating a services app built with HTML5 and using open government data. The valuable lessons learnt and now published should help any government agency seeking to provide information or services using apps. The process also proves again that the eGov Cluster’s approach to de-risking innovation through collaboration is working for the benefit of Government, industry and research. The Cyber Security and Digital Transition projects are expected to be concluded in 2014.

Mobile Canberra

We were also honoured to be invited by the ACT Government to manage the Digital Canberra Challenge (DCC).  DCC is a competition aimed of improving government service delivery by the use of innovative digital tools.  Its fresh and trendy website has won the “Excellence in Government Web Development” prize at the recent 2013 Page Awards.


The competition is planned to run for three years with two rounds every year.  The first round which kicked off in September 2013, drew considerable interest from both ACT Government public servants and the ACT innovators’ community.  There were 33 challenges registered with Challenge 1 - improving events permits; and Challenge 2 - improving booking a government service - being the two selected for the first round.  12 innovators’ teams (SMEs, individuals etc.) submitted ideas to address the challenges with two being selected to work for three months on developing their concept into a prototype. Design Managers Australia and DigiACTive are currently working away with the final solutions to be revealed and a winner announced in March 2014.

The eGov Cluster has also directly and actively contributed to open government and open data initiatives.   Including the successful GovHack (June 2013); the Canberra Innovation Showcase (August 2013); HACT (Dec 2013); and the more recent commitment of Board membership and on-going secretarial support for Open Knowledge Foundation Australia (OKF Au).

Andrew Barr

Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA launching the Digital Canberra Challenge during the Canberra Innovation Showcase, 19 August 2013, NICTA

The Cluster’s focus on de-risking innovation in Government and on helping to improve Australia’s ICT entrepreneurial environment by linking SMEs with research and Government opportunities has attracted more members to the Cluster, especially from the effervescent start-up community in Canberra.

We hope to build on the innovation momentum and tackle new, bigger challenges in 2014.  To again invite industry, research and government to work together based on our mutual passion for a better Australia.  To find new ways to delivering innovation for the benefit of all.

With these thoughts in mind, we would like to thank you for your support and to wish you a very productive and successful year 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Enjoy the break.

The eGov Cluster Team


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14 March 2014, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

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2-3 April 2014, Rydges Lakeside, Canberra

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Key Contacts
Cluster Manager
Michael Phillips
Cluster Coordinator
Ana Belgun
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