Best use of data to improve Victorian local government services (or access to services)

Supported By: 
MAV Technology
Eligibility Criteria: 
Any hack that uses data to improve Victorian local government services (or access to services) may be eligible.

Victoria has 79 local councils, which receive around $6.1 billion dollars each year to provide more than 100 different services to the communities they represent, including [from the MAV website]:
- environment services such as greenhouse gas mitigation, and natural resource and coastal management
- health services such as public health and food regulations
- emergency management services such as response and recovery
- transport and infrastructure services such as roads, footpaths and cycle paths
- planning and building services such as land use planning, economic development and environmental conservation
- social and community services such as disability support, early childhood services, housing and public libraries.
Your eligible hacks could be anything from an app that helps people find and engage with social and community services to a planning tool that helps identify where the next bike path should be built. It could be a better way of calling and prioritising emergency services work or an easier way of understanding planning codes.

Crime Stalker

We live in the dark, to server the light. We are Crime Stalker.
Team Name: 
Sky Observer

Crime can be the result of different negative behaviours, such as heavy drinking, drugs, accidents, etc. Our website will display user-selected layers on top of each others over Victoria map to shed some light into the connection between crime and other behaviours.

Basic layers include accidents, drug use, various crime type. If an area has a higher density of incidents, it may indicate that something needs to be done in that area.

Data usage: Victoria suburb boundaries dataset, Vicroads accident dataset, crime dataset.

Holes in the Safety Net Indicator

Team Name: 
Safety Net

Holes in the safety net indicator is a national assessment of the concentration of charitable organisations that work with people at risk of homelessness. It shows locations where there are fewer homeless charities and comparatively larger homeless populations, to encourage growth of charitable organisations in those areas most in need.


Safety Net

SafteyNet image of a net protecting the ground
Team Name: 
Safety Net

Safety Net is a website designed to ease communication between homeless or at risk people and the services designed to help them. 

By geocoding data for charitable support services, we can provide an easy to use information source that will allow the newly homeless or at risk to  find the appropriate services easily, thus minimising the danger that they will become trapped with the disadvantages of street life. With a few minutes and an Internet connection, they will be able to find the people that can assist in getting them back on their feet. 

Postcode Battle (The Card Game)

Team Name: 
Level 6.3

Now you can fight your suburb against that of your friends!

Using our database built from state and national data, we select all the attributes in which your suburb is more awesome than that of your mates. We present them in a easily understandable way. Now you have real data to prove that your suburb is absolutely the most awesomest! Get battling!!


Ballarat Minute

Team Name: 

This year the City of Ballarat is looking at ways that data can help them achieve their '10 Minute City' strategic vision.

From "Today Tomorrow Together - The Ballarat Strategy":

Easy Tracks

Team Name: 
South Yarra Folks

This hack is about making open data owned by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning easily accessible to the public on the web. The hack allows to expose and promote field verified recreational track and site data within State Forests to DELWP staff and the general public in an interactive web application format. The main target audience is Victorian residents, visitors, tourists and outdoor enthusiasts who would like to explore the state forests via various outdoor activities.

Question Crime

Team Name: 
Question Crime


Greening Space Melbourne

Team Name: 
Community Nexus

Greening Space maps unloved public spaces in the City of Melbourne to enable  the community to find spaces to grow and cultivate community gardens.

Greening Space aims to convert the concrete jungle into a greener and more open community space. We provide the public with a map overlaying Melbourne City Council and Melbourne water datasets on available spaces to grow food with trial environmental sensor readings data, to identify the best areas for growing particular plants, vegetables and flowers.


Pick-A-Park logo
Team Name: 
Feature Creeper and the Creeps

We are a team of culturally diverse female public servants (and two token males). In the last 46 hours we developed Pick-A-Park!

Find the parks nearest to you with the activities that you - or your kids - want to do. That’s the idea behind Pick-A-Park, a web app (optimised for iPhone5) where Victorians can choose the custom icon of the elements they want in a park and be directed to their ultimate free-time/play-time/party-time public destination. Or maybe just the nearest public toilet.


Team Name: 
Hackosaurus Rex




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