First Code for Victoria projects announced

Victorians will soon have better access to government tender and contract activities, thanks to a collaboration between not-for-profit Code for Australia and the Victorian Government’s Public Sector Innovation Fund.

The state government has announced the first three recipients of its $365,000 Code for Victoria Innovation Challenge, chosen from 39 applications by government agencies to join the program.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings chose the following three projects to go ahead:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria: Improving the collection and availability of biodiversity data.
  • Department of Treasury and Finance: Building a transparent and accessible system to better collect, analyse and display Victorian government infrastructure tender and contract activities.
  • Victoria Legal Aid: Streamlining referral services to connect Victorians to the legal support they need.

Jennings launched the challenge earlier this year, in which teams, made up of designers, programmers and user-experience experts, spend six months on each project. It follows a pilot fellowship which saw the development of an online family violence intervention order process with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

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