Pia Waugh is an open government and open data ninja, working within
the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement,
citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the
public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role
to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public
engagement and a better public service all round. She is also trying to
do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded
data, software and research.
She is currently working in the ACT Government as an Open Government Policy Advisor, and also works on the new dataACT open
data platform, the first of it’s kind in Australia. She is awaiting a
security clearance for a Federal job that she hopes to start sometime in
Pia started work as an Adviser to Senator Kate Lundy in April 2009. During her time in this role Pia co-developed the internationally awarded “Public Sphere”
consultation methodology with Senator Lundy, was involved in many IT
policy areas & become an active member of the Australian and global
Gov 2.0 community.
Pia is also passionate about the Australian
tech sector, and continually works to improve the scene for startups,
SMEs and clever people do clever things in Australia. This includes work
in policy development, in public consultations (eg, the ICT industry Public Sphere, and the Digital Culture Public Sphere) and
is interested in how government procurement policy can better
facilitate government engagement with SMEs to tap into a broader skills
and services base.