Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Government 2.0 Taskforce Road Show

The Government 2.0 Taskforce - Road Show starts consulting the public on 17 August in Canberra, followed by other locations around Australia, ending in Darwin on 2nd September 2009. The Taskforce has 15 experts chaired by Nicolas Gluin and was announced at Public Sphere 2 (Video & transcript available).

The idea of having a roadshow about how to get the government working online, is a little counter-intuitive. A better way for the government to learn to explore the use of Web 2.0 is to actually try using it. But the event should be of interesting.

Unlike the recent Australian Government Web Publishing Guide Review, the government staff running these events have assured me that will be actually in the same room, not watching via a video camera.
The Government 2.0 Taskforce invites you to an Open Forum

On the 22 June 2009 the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Hon. Lindsay Tanner MP and the Special Minister of State, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the formation of a Taskforce ( to investigate how the Australian Government can use new 'Web 2.0' approaches to expand the uses of Commonwealth information and improve the way government consults and engages with citizens.

The Government 2.0 Taskforce will make recommendations for government policy and fund projects which offer promise in accelerating the coming
of Government 2.0.

The Taskforce seeks input through a series of open forums, in each capital city over the next few weeks. The Taskforce is seeking input from a range of audience groups - government, industry, academics, NGOs
and interested others.

In order to disseminate the forum as widely as possible, we would be grateful if you would forward this invitation to others in your network who may be interested in attending.

When: Monday 17th August 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Knibbs Auditorium, ABS House, 45 Benjamin Way Belconnen
RSVP: by midday Thursday 13th August 2009 ...

When: Wednesday 19th August 2009, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
RSVP: by midday Monday 17th August 2009 ...

When: Thursday 20th August 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Smith Room, Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney
RSVP: by midday Tuesday 18th August 2009 ...

When: Tuesday 25th August 2009, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Central Eagle Street, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane
RSVP: by midday Friday 21st August 2009 ...

When: Thursday 27th August 2009, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Collins Street Centre, Corner Collins St & Shaftesbury St, South Perth
RSVP: by midday Tuesday 25th August 2009 ...

When: Tuesday 1st September 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Enterprise House, 136 Greenhill Road, Unley
RSVP: by midday Friday 28th August 2009 ...

When: Wednesday 2nd September 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Red Charles Darwin University, Ellengowan Drive, Brinkin
RSVP: by midday Monday 31st August 2009 ...


Rsvp: gov2secretariat at

Government 2.0 Secretariat
Australian Government Information Management Office
Department of Finance and Deregulation

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