So our last A-Z Apps Series letter was F for fun and now we’ve got to G and that means Government. Our Federal, State and Local Governments have developed numerous apps to assist with information dissemination and collection to better serve their communities. Most of these apps will be available in Android and iOS form, with some of them available on other operating systems.
For the Federal Government you can go to one website to get access to everything they’ve released. Some of these are no longer available, which can be a little frustrating. Australian Federal Government apps are all listed here on this link (http://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-social-media/apps). There are so many to choose from and it really depends on what kind of functionality you’re looking for. I’ve listed a few below, that I think are worth mentioning.
- ABS Stats – from the Australian Bureau of Statistics updated with Census data. If you’re looking for Australian data, this’ll be a great resource for you.
- AusPost – from Australia Post. This app is also available for the Windows Phone and they’re continually updating it. Tracking a parcel, want to know a postcode, need a post shop? This will be a great little resource for you.
- ato – from the Australian Taxation Office, also available for Windows Phone. Whether you’re a small business owner or employee, you can use this app to keep track of your taxation and super affairs.
- BOM Weather – from the Bureau of Meteorology. Forecasts, rain predictions, warnings and more for capital cities, your current location or your home town.
- Energy Rating – from the Department of the Environment, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry & as a Web app. Are you looking to purchase a new appliance? Would you like to know before you buy how much it will cost? Consult the app while you are out shopping.
- Express Plus Centrelink – from the Department of Human Services. Smartphone access to your Centrelink account with ways to keep track of your situation, report your income and update your details.
- Learning The Ropes – Navy Knots – from the Royal Australian Navy. Ever wished you knew how to better secure your tent? This app has all you need to know about knot tying and includes 3D animated tutorials too. Only on iOS.
- National Public Toilet Map – from the Department of Health. Free and available on iOS only. Going on a driving holiday through Australia? Need to know where the next loo stop will be? This is the app for you road trippers.
- National Relay Service – from the Department of Communications. This app was created to better assist our deaf or hearing/speech impaired community to make phone calls.
- Smart Traveller – from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Thinking of venturing overseas? Have you registered with the Australian Government in case of emergency? This app is full of helpful hints, tips and checklists to make your next trip overseas and safe one.
That was a condensed list of available apps from the link above. Check it out, you might find something applicable to you that I haven’t mentioned.
Next we move onto the State Government level. Whilst these apps are State Government developed, you’ll find they all have different links (unlike for the Federal Government.
- AlertSA – https://alert.sa.gov.au/download/ – available free on iOS, Android and to view on the web. This app is a comprehensive source of official real-time event and warning information for South Australia metropolitan and regional areas. Anything from fire, flood, weather and power outages to air quality and traffic conditions.
- EzyReg – Available for free on iOS (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ezyreg-mobile/id440463680?mt=8) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ezyreg.source&hl=en). Update your registration, check on remaining registration length and locate Service SA outlets.
- SLSA Walks – http://guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/walkingtoursapp – available on Android and iOS for free. The State Library of South Australia gives you the opportunity to wander through our State’s history at your own pace using the app as a guide to many significant names, dates and places in our city of Adelaide.
- Legal Aid SA – http://www.lsc.sa.gov.au/cb_pages/news/Android_app_available.php – Created by Legal Services Commission of South Australia. Available for free for Android. Need legal advice? Would you like clarification on something? You can access many factsheets and brochures with instant contact with their offices across the state.
- MySA GOV app – https://my.sa.gov.au/ – released in May this year and available for free on iOS and Android phones. Check out the link for all the information. This new app gives people the opportunity to securely digitise and store their Government issued licences in South Australia.
And now to the apps developed for the Local Government Communities. I won’t go to0 far into these as our readers may be from different Local Government Areas. If you go to your Local Government Council website, or you can visit the Local Government Association website, to find South Australian Council websites. One particular app available for most council areas is the MyLocal App listed below.
MyLocalApp – – http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=4099 Created by the Local Government Association of SA with funding from the State Government – Council services, events, programs, waste and recycling services and more are listed. Download the app and see what your local council offers. There was another funding grant given to create further ability to pinpoint on map for graffiti notification – Available to download on Android and iOS for free.
So although Government is probably not the most exciting point in our A-Z of apps, it does give us so many apps from many different departments across all levels of our Government.
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
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