eSafety Commissioner wins global award for government innovation

By Shannon Jenkins

May 20, 2020

Image: Webby Awards

The federal government’s online safety hub has been recognised as a world-leading website for its innovation and creativity.

The eSafety Commissioner this week received a Webby Honouree in the annual Webby Awards’ government and civil innovation category.

The award ranks eSafety’s website — which was only launched in October — in the top 20% of the 13,000 websites submitted from across 70 different countries.

eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant said winning the award has highlighted the key role government plays in the tech and online space.

“This award is recognition that innovation needn’t just be the realm of the disrupters of Silicon Valley, it can also be driven from within government to deliver world-leading online safety advice and resources to Australians and beyond,” she said.

eSafety coordinates online safety efforts across commonwealth departments and agencies, and works with key online safety stakeholders internationally.

Inman Grant said the website offered innovative “citizen-focused advice and resources” to Australians, reflecting recommendations made in the Thodey review released late last year.

“The recent APS review recommended Australian government agencies innovate and continue to build their technical capability to reach more Australians,” she said.

“Our aim was to create compelling and accessible audience-based content that would engage Australian users and have them coming back for more and I think we’ve nailed the brief.

“These resources have become even more vital as the COVID-19 crisis has grown and more of the world has moved online for work and schooling.”

Webby Awards executive director Claire Graves said winning the award was an “incredible achievement” for eSafety.

“Honourees like eSafety are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the internet,” she said.

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the awards were chosen by a judging body of more than 2000 industry experts, including Google’s global head of diversity James Heighington, and Squarespace’s chief creative officer David Lee.

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