Common Questions

A place for all the questions we get asked to be answered, openly.

Are you a not-for-profit?

We haven't been given charitable status by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), because the impact of our work is one step removed from their perspective. That is to say, we help government better help vulnerable communities, rather than helping communities directly.

Our governance structure and constitution is set up as not-for-profit, which means we operate as one. We're also a certified B-Corp in Australia, which is something we're very proud of.

Where do you work?

Most of the team call Melbourne home, which is also where the Base Team are also located. Because networks are formed largely in person, this is where most of our work and partners are also located. We run programs across Australia and are proud to have worked with governments in New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. We're excited to expand this even further and are keen to worth with Government Partners across all states and territories.

What's an Open House?

We run, participate and speak at a number of events throughout the year, but Open House is our most regular and longest-standing event series.

When we have Fellowship teams working with us, we run them every six weeks or so, to open our doors (or windows for online events) and show what we've been working on.

Open Houses are run presentation style. At the end of the presentations, there'll be a chance to ask any questions you might have about the program or project area, provide feedback and chat with other civic tech makers. It will be a time of discussion, cross-pollination and inspiration.

Check out past, present and upcoming events on our website here.

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