This site was developed to support the Government 2.0 Taskforce, which operated from June to December 2009. The Government responded to the Government 2.0 Taskforce's report on 3 May 2010. As such, comments are now closed but you are encouraged to continue the conversation at agimo.govspace.gov.au.

Project Fund

This page describes the funds available to the Government 2.0 Taskforce (Taskforce), the source of those funds and how they may be spent.

What is the Project Fund?

The Project Fund is a $2.45 million fund available to the Taskforce to support the development of Web 2.0 tools and applications that either enable engagement between government and the community or support the innovative use of government information.

The Project Fund will not be used to cover costs associated with the Taskforce secretariat, the Taskforce chair or other administrative costs incurred running the Taskforce. These costs will be borne by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

What sort of projects will the Taskforce fund with the Project Fund?

Funding will be focused on two categories:

  1. Pilot projects and trials (including scoping, development and implementation) in respect of Web 2.0 tools and applications created to enable government engagement and consultation with the Australian public; and
  2. Awards, prizes and other benefits for groups or individuals who develop innovative information technology tools and applications that make use of government information sources.

The Taskforce may also use Project Fund money to engage third-party consultants to provide advice on particular elements of the Government 2.0 agenda, for example technical or specialist policy advice.

I have a great idea for a project that demonstrates the value of Government 2.0. Can I apply for funds from the Project Fund?

While you can’t apply for direct access to funding, the Taskforce will run competitions that will invite interested individuals and groups to submit ideas and Web 2.0 designs to the Taskforce for consideration and potential prizes and other benefits such as funding for pilots.

What criteria will the Taskforce be using to assess my idea?

The role of the Taskforce is to identify and assess potential and current projects to determine their suitability to receive prizes and other benefits from the Project Fund as a result of success in competitions. The criteria for success will be released with each competition.

How is the Project Fund being funded?

As per the attached deed, the Project Fund has been established in partnership with Microsoft using funds from a special Service Provision Fund (SPF). The SPF was established by Microsoft in 2001 to support information technology projects that enabled or supported government’s computer software investments.

From 2001 to 2008 Microsoft has periodically put a fixed proportion of its revenue from its sales of its products to the Australian Government into the SPF. This arrangement ended in 2008 with the commencement of a new volume sourcing arrangement between Microsoft and the Australian Government.

Microsoft has agreed to commit a portion of the remaining SPF to support the work of the Government 2.0 Taskforce. Microsoft will not have a role in deciding which projects are funded, but will manage the fund under the direction of the Taskforce Chair.

Can other private organisations or individuals contribute to the Project Fund or the Taskforce?

Yes. The Australian Government welcomes contributions by private organisations or individuals to the Project Fund or to the Taskforce’s work generally, subject to certain terms and conditions. The Government does however reserve the right not to accept funds or other assistance from any organisation or individual at its discretion.

Contributions to the Taskforce need not be monetary. For instance, Cisco is supporting the Taskforce’s work through the provision of its Telepresence facilities for use for Taskforce meetings. You might consider contributing your skills or intellectual property instead.

If you wish to contribute to the Project Fund or the Taskforce please contact us at contact@gov2.net.au

How can I find out what has been funded through the Project Fund?

Details about every project funded through the Project Fund will be available on the Taskforce’s website.

I have a question about the Project Fund that isn’t answered here.

Questions can be directed to the Taskforce Chair using the details on the contact@gov2.net.au

I would like to see the draft contract that a service provider will be asked to negotiate with Microsoft.

Here is a copy of the draft contract.