Tuesday 13 June, 8:45am - 11:30am
RiAus @ The Science Exchange
55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
How do we rethink government in the digital age?
How can online games, social media and data analytics help government and communities collaborate more effectively?

The focus of government is changing. How can it transition from a “taxes in, services out” style of government, to an enabler and facilitator, creating the conditions for which businesses and communities can work together more effectively?

In the digital age and economy, we need to rethink government - its role and the way it functions.  

Is government the platform on which businesses and communities build their ‘applications’? How can government unlock data to spark new enterprise and add value to existing services? Does it develop the ‘algorithms’ from which we determine the solutions to major societal issues? 

The Mandarin’s Tom Burton will explore these questions, demonstrate case studies on the ways in which governments are transforming the way they work, and provide insights into the opportunities for the future.

AUSTRAC's Pia Waugh will talk about government as a platform and explore advancements happening in this space across Australia and New Zealand.

Following this, gamification and UX ‘geek’ Zac Fitz-Walter will explore how thinking like a game designer can help governments design programs and processes that increase community participation in its work.

UniSA's Anika Johnstone will talk about how we frame digital government and how we can rethink it, the kinds of skills that will be important, and how we move beyond a focus on screens and services.



Tom Burton, The Mandarin

Tom Burton is publisher of The Mandarin. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in digital engagement. He was a Walkley Award-winning journalist and executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He worked as Canberra Bureau Chief for the Australian Financial Review and as Managing Editor of smh.com.au. He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Pia Waugh, AUSTRAC

Pia Waugh is an open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. Basically she is trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research.

Zac Fitz-Walter, Gamification and UX Geek

Dr. Zac Fitz-Walter is a game researcher and design expert who believes that your next boss will be a game designer. He proposes that the secret to effective work and motivation can be found in the unique and engaging way in which games are designed. He takes the most popular games and unpacks them, looking at how they effectively align with motivational science and research. He also explains how thinking like a game designer can be an incredibly effective approach to business, health and education.

Anika Johnstone, University of South Australia

Anika Johnstone is a strategist, experience designer, creative communicator and problem solver motivated by achieving outcomes that are socially good. She is a passionate advocate for human centred design and the power of technology to make people’s lives better – working with businesses and teams to uncover its potential. Anika is currently part of the team helping to launch MOD, the University of South Australia’s new futuristic museum of discovery.


Showcase 12 is delivered by the Better Together team, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University