Summary and Background Information

GovHack is the largest Hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere and organised almost entirely by volunteers across Australia and New Zealand. It has been operating for ten years and brings together people from all walks of life, to deliver solutions to community issues by hacking, mashing and remodelling Government Open Data.

GovHack is brought to each state through the hard work of a State Operations Team, who are responsible for coordinating all GovHack activities in that region. This team is led by a State Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The State Director is the main point of contact for all State activities and will be the face of GovHack for that region. The GovHack State Director leads the GovHack State Operations Team (STOT) which coordinates all GovHack state activities, including local sponsorship and marketing and delivering the Connections pre-event, the State hackathon event and the State Awards night. 


  • A resident of the state you are in
  • Sensitivity and discretion in dealing with personal information
  • An understanding of recruitment and/or volunteer management
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of GovHack or a similar large scale Hackathon
  • Ability to identify and approach sponsors
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Proven time management skills
  • Previous experience using the Google Suite
  • Strong teamwork skills

Support and Supervision

The State Director is responsible for the State Operations Team (SOT) but will be provided with support and assistance from the International Operations Team. The State Directors will be invited to participate on the IPT calls on a monthly basis to maintain communications between the IOT and SOT’s. Support from the various IOT teams i.e. volunteer management, marketing and communications will be provided as required. State Directors will also be able to access Operations Support.  

Time Commitment

The time commitment required over the duration of the year will differ greatly depending on the phase of the project, however, it is anticipated that a minimum of 5 – 8 hours a week will be required.

The first phase of the role will involve recruiting the state team, getting yourself ready for the year and familiarising with GovHack processes (Feb-March). It is then expected you will have regular meetings with your State team to manage all activities, along with attending meetings with the National team. You will be securing local sponsors and events 

With guidance from the IIOT, the State Operations Team coordinates the state competition, awards and judging, media and communications, data and data mentors. The SOT also liaises directly with the state government and any local government and or GovHack Ambassadors.

The busiest period (May – Sep) involves planning and delivering all state events (see below), supporting local event teams and promoting GovHack.

Connections– Normally a month prior to the competition weekend, provides an introduction to the sponsors for the coming competition and the data sets available.  (This might be via a Zoom presentation or a live function)

Competition Weekend – assist in the set up and delivery of events across the state from the Friday 14th Aug to Sunday 16th Aug

State Awards- secure sponsorship and venue for an awards presentation approx one month after the competition weekend.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Opportunity to network and experience working with other motivated and inspiring people
  • Significant exposure to relevant industry professionals
  • Work experience in team management and volunteer coordination for your resume 
  • Acknowledgements that you helped deliver the largest hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere

A reference can be provided upon completion of a year of volunteering with GovHack

Please email if you want to find out more information or to apply.