why code for australia?


Digital transformation is driving some of the biggest changes we have experienced in our society. These changes however, have been largely experienced in the private sector. This has lead to:

  • public disengagement and distrust in government services
  • lack of investment in government technology
  • cultural barriers between public servants, industry and citizens.

We believe governments can capitalise on the opportunities digital transformation presents, and work together with the public to find new solutions to old problems. 



We’re a passionate and skilled community that works with government to develop tech-based solutions to solve civic-problems. Through our work, we believe we can lend not only our voices, but our hands to drive collaboration and transparency, accelerate economic growth and reanimate citizenship.



We show what’s possible. Using data-driven, user-centred and iterative methods, we create digital interfaces to government that are simple, beautiful, and easy to use, and do this dramatically faster and cheaper than through traditional channels. Showing what’s possible changes the conversation and lowers the risk of experimentation.

We build for and with citizens. 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.

We improve government and civil society, not politics. Our work focuses on opening and innovating the implementation of policy and the delivery of public services. We leave the reform of politics to other organisations.

We operate in public. We promote openness in our work. All of our digital tools are open source. We actively encourage documentation, sharing, collaboration, and reuse of all of our tools, programs, and processes.

We help build an ecosystem. Whenever possible we reuse existing tools, standards and platforms, encouraging integration and extension. We operate as a global community, leveraging each other’s knowledge and resources.


We've developed programs that help Australian government agencies transform by leveraging a community of passionate and skilled contributors.

Together, we believe we can find new solutions to old problems.