You might have heard of BudgetAus, it has had some media coverage. BudgetAus was the first implementation of the entire Australian Federal Budget into a searchable online database.
BudgetAus allows users to make totals of how much programs cost based on their search terms across the entire budget. This is the first implementation of this functionality.
ExpenseAus is an extension of BudgetAus and is a new database that shows how much each Member of Parliament has spent on entitlements provided to them for use in their electoral and political business. It also shows where politicians have visited and for how long. Data from the Pecuniary Interests Register has also been added- this tells people what politicians own (shares/properties) and what they are given. The inclusion of travel claims, politician visit locations and investment property locations assists the public to find travel claims that might warrant closer scrutiny.
SEIFA Yourself is a site that provides an interface to search the ABS data on Socio Economic Indicators for your town, council area or state.
Socio Economic data measures how 'well off' a neighbourhood is compared with others in Australia.
SEIFA Yourself also lists the top and bottom 100 locations on the scale of Socio Economic wealth along with Google maps so that you can see where these locations are distributed around the country.
BudgetAus also has hard-coded queries that list all Programs in order of cost so that you can see at a glance which programs are the most costly to the Federal Budget.
BudgetAus has received praise from media, thinktanks and activists alike.
By engaging people directly with government funding figures, BudgetAus takes the public beyond the news and the election cycle to see at a glance what is happening longer term between Australia's demographics and the economy. Raising the collective awareness of the budget realities reduces the capacity for politicians and pundits to use budget information for political purposes and improves public debate.
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@budget_aus hi Rosie! All good - love the budget breakdown idea! Lots of school kids will find it useful!— Matt Esterman (@mesterman) September 4, 2013
The NDIS levy – a new era for tax, trust and open government? | Open Forum | Blogging community openforum.com.au/content/ndis-l…— Craig Wallace (@CraigWtweets) May 6, 2013
Launch MapIt Australia on Saturday and @budget_aus demos first mashup using it on Sunday infoaus.net/seifa/postcode.php… #FTW #gov2au #OpenInnovation— Open Local (@openlocalau) January 27, 2013