A Festival of Ideas
Small change makes a difference
GovHack is an international event supporting co-creation of community focused solutions using open government data over a single weekend


We empower people and organisations  to use open government data and improve quality of life. We do this by providing access to data and a space to connect, so people can develop concepts to drive meaningful change.


It costs absolutely nothing to be involved in GovHack. Participants can fly solo or in teams of up to 10 people to create innovative and creative solutions to improve our community


Funnily enough, it’s not just for hackers! GovHack is an opportunity for thinkers, creators, designers, innovators and anyone else looking for creating positive outcomes for their community

What's happening this year?

GovHack Agency Briefing (2 July 2020)

This event is for Government agencies only and is the opportunity for GovHack Directors and the operations team, to introduce interested agencies to the concept of GovHack, to provide an update for sponsoring agencies on the status of GovHack, and to assist with the drive for more national open data for the competition.

This event in 2020 will be presented online.

Conference & Regional Connections Events (July 2020)

New for 2020, GovHack will run its first international and virtual conference!

This will consist of a series of sessions over a 2-week period, hosting several technical conversations, data owner presentations and messages from our sponsors.

This is a terrific way for hackers to gain a greater understanding and awareness of selected datasets, allowing them to interact directly with data experts.

Regional Connections Events
These events held online in each State / Territory, and hosted by the State/Territory Directors, will be the opportunity for sponsors, mentors and hackers to meet online, prior to the competition. Get to know your fellow hackers and State sponsors and hear the ‘spoilers’ about the challenges.

GovHack Competition (14 - 16 August)

The GovHack Competition is a two-day hack event held simultaneously across Australia and New Zealand, over a 46 hour period to create concepts, mashups and models with open government data, to examine the challenges facing government and communities in new and innovative ways.

Regional Awards (September 2020)

The GovHack State / Territory Awards take place during September after the GovHack competition weekend and after state level judging has been completed by all the state-level sponsors.

Aotearoa New Zealand Award Events (October 2020)

The GovHack Aotearoa New Zealand Awards take place during October after the GovHack competition weekend and after New Zealand judging has been completed by all the sponsors.

International Red Carpet Awards (October 2020)

The GovHack International Red Carpet Awards event is the pinnacle night that showcases and celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of ANZ’s most talented teams.

Projects from across Australia and New Zealand that entered the international and national competitions will have been judged and the finalists and winners selected.




In the news
Katie Hannan

An update from the Board

Notice of Annual General Meeting Our AGM date has been set for 25 July 2020, 4 – 6 PM AEST, full details here.  This year the AGM

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In the news
Elias Asefa

Dharray Dharray: Remote Beat

GovHack acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.

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International Sponsors

Amazon Web Services

Australian National Agency Sponsors

Australian Taxation Office

Community Partners

Hackathons Australia