Govhack has operated under the umbrella of several organisations since 2012 – including NICTA and Linux Australia. In 2017, GovHack became its own company and operates with independence. GovHack is still working toward its final organisational form, but for the moment it has three directors (shown below) and a small number of voting members. In 2018 our aim is to increase the number of members, hold an AGM and ask members to elect a new set of directors for 2018/19. In doing this, we will meet the goal of the current interim board to ensure ownership of Govhack is with the members, rather than a small group. You can find our constitution here – though we hope to make significant amendments to it during 2018 to better reflect the type of organisation that GovHack needs to be and the needs of our members.
GovHack’s ABN is 57 618 430 167.
Current Board Members
While the board play a long term, strategic role in the organisation – the bulk of the operation of Govhack is with a team of dedicated volunteers. The structure of this team has changed each year based on the needs of the event and the people available – but generally takes the form of a central team and many state and local teams.
The central team aims to set the scene for the local teams to be successful in running the events, and making sure participants have a great time – they do this by working on tasks and issues that effect all or many local events. This includes working with national sponsors, Federal Government agencies, media and setting up technology platforms.
The state and local teams are the key people in the Govhack organisation. They pull together local resources such as sponsorship, venues, state and local council data – and of course they represent Govhack to their local communities and talk with lots of people about open data and the reasons for an event like Govhack.