Talking About a More Digital Government

Code for Australia

Talking About a More Digital Government is a podcast by Code for Australia. We'll hear from respected voices within government and the civic tech space about work they're undertaking and a wide array of topics pertaining to digital transformation, and the future of technology and design in government. read less
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Episodes

Rules as Code: Making Policies Machine Readable
Jul 25 2021
Rules as Code: Making Policies Machine Readable
Summary:In this episode we speak to the incredible Pia Andrews - who is currently working for Service Canada - about Rules as Code, an approach to creating and publishing policies in a machine readable way. We also talk to Liam McCann from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Ram Parameswaran a Code for Australia Fellow who are both  currently working on a Rules as Code project. Transcript:The full transcript of the episode is available here.Resources Mentioned:Cracking the Code by OECD Rules as Code Part 1 and Part 2 by Canadian School of Public ServiceRules as Code Case Study from New Zealand by Tom BarracloughCommunity Gaming Regulation in NSWNew Zealand Public Service Act 2020Rules as Code WikiWe need to recode the rules of government by Pia Andrews & Tim De SousaRules as Code in 2020: The Year in Review by Tim de SousaCredits and thank yous: The show is hosted by Esther Semo and Sean Hua. Consulting producer is Daniel Semo.  Podcast artwork designed by Nigel Moyes with illustrations by Indah Ibrahim. Music by Daniel Semo.This episode is brought to you by Code for Australia Code for Australia are a for-purpose organisation working in collaboration with public sector teams and the tech community to help create a world class digital government. To find out more about Code for Australia head here Want to be a guest on this podcast? We’re always looking for folks working in civic tech and government to speak with about themes you're encountering or work being done. If you’re keen to have a chat to us contact us at info@codeforaustralia.org
How can we create a more digital government?
Jun 22 2021
How can we create a more digital government?
Summary: Matt Sawkill, Managing Director of Code for Australia and Jithma Beneragama Executive Director of Digital Design and Innovation at the Department of Premier and Cabinet explore what civic tech is, what makes a digitally mature government and tell us about some great initiatives happening around Australia.Transcript: A full transcript of this episode is available here.Key takeaways: “When you're talking about change and you're talking about re-imagining processes and products, the technology is the easy part of that and there's always a huge amount of effort to get the organisation to have an aligned point of view about what the problem is and what a solution might be.”“You need to make sure that you have the right capability within the organisation and that the organisation itself is at a point in time and has the mindset around change and being able to accept change”“The more decisions you make before you have a team on the ground building software, the greater the chances are that you're building the wrong software”“That whole framing, that there's an idea of a non-technical person is, you know, it's something we really challenge.”“People tend to work in the public sector because they want to make impact and they want to do something that's beneficial for society”"The biggest barriers to doing digital well happen before the tech team is on the ground."Resources mentioned: Read more about digital transformation on Code for Australia’s blogJoin Code for Australia’s Slack channelTech For Non Tech trainingGet involved in Civic MakersSingle Digital PresenceVic Gov APIEngage VictoriaHuman-centred Design PlaybookDigital VictoriaCredits and thank yous: The show is hosted by Esther Semo and Sean Hua. Consulting producer is Daniel Semo. Podcast artwork designed by Nigel Moyes with illustrations by Indah Ibrahim.This episode is brought to you by Code for Australia Code for Australia are a not-for-profit organisation, working in collaboration with public sector teams and the tech community to help create a world class digital government. To find out more about Code for Australia head here Want to be a guest on this podcast? We’re always looking for folks working in civic tech and government to speak with about themes you're encountering or work being done. If you’re keen to have a chat to us contact us at info@codeforaustralia.org