ABS - That thing we all need

Supported By: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics

OK Tech and Dev Hackers. You've spoken over the years, and we've listened.

We know that sometimes government systems aren't the best things to work with. And we know that most of the time, all of our data is in different formats and sometimes, all kinds of wrong to the professional developer.

So here is your challenge. Make us "that thing" we need. The dankest of the dank unofficial APIs. The killer library. The master app. The coolest of the cool. The thing that will solve the "this is why we can't have nice things" conundrum.

"But what makes it cool?" you ask?


Eligibility Criteria

Entries MUST be cross-team and collaborative.

  • Ideally, you'll connect with other techs/devs from other teams and either:
    • Build something that all teams at GovHack can use to discover, access, connect to etc, to multiple agency data portals and websites; or
    • Build something that every Agency at GovHack and elsewhere can use in future years to make it easier for people to do things with our data.
  • Entries must be complete and working, open source and available for use, and documented well enough for peer review.
  • Demonstrated cross-team use of the working entry will be very highly regarded.


By the rules of cool:

  • Your peers will be your initial judges - if "that thing we need" is clearly used by a large number of team by the end of the weekend, this will speak for itself and will be very highly regarded for judging - everyone subconsciously knows what's cool and what's not - the inner geek is a powerful judge!
  • Agency and Sponsor technical mentors from Service Design and Developer/Coder areas will also evaluate entries on both "big S" service design (is it easy to use, documented, developer experience friendly etc) and code/functional quality.
  • The prize will be awarded to the named / significant contributors of the "thing", as if they were a normal team.


Team Name: 
Smitty Bacall and the Bacall Gang

BallaratGO is a AR game that encourages discovery over distances within Ballarat.

The further you go, the higher the reward.

Hopefully with our killer algorithms we'll be able to take you somewhere no one usually goes.

Education Hub

Team Name: 
The Pinnacle


Education hub - Helping students decide thier future.


Australia is a popular study destination with students from around the world wishing to gain a top-quality education. Each year, many new international students enrol in Australian courses and add to the already significant international student body around the country.

In 2013, 526,932 international students were enrolled in education programs in Australia. Of these, there were 231,186 international students enrolled in the higher education sector. 


Team Name: 

The goal of our product is to connect people with the type of suburbs that they want to live. When you think about your neighbourhood, there’s probably a lot that you love about it. Maybe it’s the time it takes you to get to work, the types of shops in the area or how easy it is to catch public transport. While current property services only account for suburb and pricing searches, HOME extends this to find areas to live that meet all of your requirements.

Informed Personas

Team Name: 
the Informed Personas

Informed Personas
A persona generator for UX developers using open government datasets to make them informed.

  • Problem: Generating Personas for UX Dev work is hard and often subjective/biased.
  • Solution: Generating Personas for UV Dev's using informed data.
  • Opportunity: Generating Personas for UX Dev's is now easier, objective/unbiased and informed.


Team Name: 

Problem Statement​​​​​​​

Australia’s population aged 75 or more is expected to rise by 4 million by 2060, increasing from about 6.4 to 14.4 per cent, according to a 2012 population projection report generated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.