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LET’S SHAPE AUSTRALIA’S TOMORROW.

“What’s the Future, Australia?” is a nationwide ideas competition focused on creating positive change for Australia, brought to you by the creators of last year’s runaway success, My Big Idea. We’re asking Australians to get involved on four topics: the Energy Crisis, the Future of Work, Housing Affordability, and Thriving Kids. You can get informed through articles on this site. You can join the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also ask Australia’s best experts your questions on the topics. We’re asking all Australians to submit ideas to make progress on the topics, and vote for ideas you like. We’re giving away a $500 cash prize (as a gift card) for the best idea on each topic. And we’ll support organisations to take one great idea per topic from concept to reality in 2018.

I HEARD ABOUT MY BIG IDEA LAST YEAR - WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE IDEAS?

We were thrilled with the public's response to My Big Idea. That's partly why we created #WTFAustralia.

  • 15 million Australians would have seen or heard something about My Big Idea
  • About 10,000 Australians took an active part in My Big Idea
  • About 1,000 Australians submitted 1,200 ideas to create the country Australians said they wanted to live in based on 10 big topics
  • The My Big Idea winners and partners worked during late 2016 and 2017 to take 11 great ideas from concept to reality, with half of them already created or in advanced stages - learn more here.

WHO IS BEHIND #WTFAUSTRALIA?

“What’s the Future, Australia?” is a non-politically aligned project driven by the Australian Futures Project. It’s brought to you by: Australian Futures Project, News Corp Australia, AT Kearney, Australian Council of Social Service, Business Council of Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, and La Trobe University. Our friends at Corrs Chambers Westgarth provided pro bono legal support. The original site was built for My Big Idea by the great people at CHE Proximity. Our friends at Agency have added loads of bells and whistles. We've also had great support from the digital team at Macquarie Group.

TRANSPARENCY AND CHARTER.

“What’s the Future, Australia?” is operated by the Australian Futures Project Limited ABN 80 605 648 977 (a non-profit, tax-exempt company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission). All #WTFAustralia partners agree that #WTF Australia must – at both perception and reality levels:

  • Be not-for-profit and for the public benefit
  • Be open to, and accessible by, all Australians
  • Not have or push an agenda other than a better Australia
  • While enforcing its terms and conditions (available on the #WTFAustralia website), be true throughout to its crowd-sourcing and wisdom-of-the-crowd premise without influence from any partner or funder
  • Remain fiercely independent of vested interests
  • While potentially touching political issues, be strictly non-partisan
  • Be transparent in all its processes

All #WTFAustralia partners agree that all data collected or created through #WTF Australia is owned by Australian Futures Project and will be made available to partners, funders, and third parties strictly on terms agreed with The Australian Futures Project and strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions and privacy policy.

WHERE DO THE TOPICS, CHALLENGES, AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION COME FROM?

The Australian Futures Project conducted analysis to find out four topics Australians deeply care about. There are the four topics in #WTFAustralia. For each topic, we've pulled together some great content to help you understand the key issues. There's an overarching Get to Know the Topic article by the Australian Futures Project. There's a summary of a national poll that Galaxy Research undertook and analysis by La Trobe University. Our other partners have written three background articles to give you different perspectives on each topic. Their views are their own, and the Australian Futures Project and the other #WTFAustralia partners don't necessarily endorse that content. Finally, based on its research, the Australian Futures Project has identified three big challenges for your to solve under each of the four topics (so 12 challenges in total). These 12 challenges represent the true concerns of Australians, and your ideas are needed to resolve them.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN IDEA?

You can submit an idea either as an individual or as a team, but not as an organisation (this is about people getting involved with new ideas, not organisations pushing their existing views or ideas). Just register to become a member and carefully fill out the fields to enter your idea, you can add team members or invite other people to register so you can credit them with helping develop the idea.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE IDEA?

You can submit as many ideas as you like but they must not be repetitive (submitting repetitive ideas will actually decrease your chance of winning).

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING IDEAS?

Each topic has its own challenge period as set out below. Any idea submitted outside the challenge period for the topic will not be considered:

  • Energy Crisis: After 00:01AM (AEDT) on Sun, 8 October 2017 and before 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sat, 4 November 2017 - extended to 15 December 2017
  • Future of Work: After 00:01AM (AEDT) on Sun, 15 October 2017 and before 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sat, 4 November 2017 - extended to 15 December 2017
  • Housing Affordability: After 00:01AM (AEDT) on Sun, 22 October 2017 and before 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sat, 4 November 2017 - extended to 15 December 2017
  • Thriving Kids: After 00:01AM (AEDT) on Sun, 29 October 2017 and before 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sat, 4 November 2017 - extended to 15 December 2017
  • There is a special period when all topics are open, starting 00:01AM (AEDT) on Wed, 4 October 2017 until 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sat, 7 October 2017

DOES MY IDEA GO STRAIGHT ON THE SITE?

Your idea might go straight on the site or we might quickly review it before it goes on the site but we will try our hardest to upload them quickly. Don’t forget to tell everyone to vote for your idea once it is up. In the event that your idea violates our Terms and Conditions, it will not be published.

MY IDEA WAS VISIBLE BUT I CAN’T SEE IT NOW, WHY?

If an idea violates the Terms and Conditions, it will be removed from the site.

WHEN DOES PUBLIC VOTING START AND END?

Anyone who registers as a member can vote for an idea. Voting starts at 12.01am on 4 October 2017 and closes at 11.59pm on 11 November 2017 (a week after the last ideas can be submitted) - extended to 15 December 2017.

DOES MY IDEA HAVE TO BE ORIGINAL?

Yes, to the best of your knowledge. The originality of your idea will be taken into consideration by the judging panel. If your idea is obvious plagiarism (you copied it from someone else), then it will be removed in accordance with our terms and conditions. That doesn’t mean you can’t suggest something that’s worked in another city or overseas – just make sure you mention where you heard about it.

HOW ARE THE WINNING IDEAS CHOSEN?

The Australian Futures Project will use its judgment to choose one winning idea each week (ie, one winner for each of the four topics). We’ll make that decision based on a number of criteria including originality, feasibility, and viability. Separately, ideas will be shortlisted by popular public vote on the site. At the end of the voting period, we will create a short list of the 10 eligible ideas with the most votes under each of the four topics of #WTFAustralia (so, 40 ideas in total) and invite organisations to apply for one of four grants to take one idea under each of the four topics of #WTFAustralia (so four ideas in total) from concept to reality. Grants will include pro bono support from us and AT Kearney and potentially up to $25,000 cash from us. AT Kearney is overseeing the application process for these grants and more detailed information will be available during October 2017. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

WHAT HAPPENS IF TWO SIMILAR IDEAS ARE SUBMITTED?

Similar ideas are allowed and it is possible multiple ideas will be credited if one of the similar ideas is the winner. If an idea is identical to one that’s already on the site, the idea that was submitted later will be removed, so be sure to check the ideas already on the site before you submit yours.

WHAT DO THE WINNERS GET?

There are two types of winners in #WTFAustralia. The people who come up with the four weekly winning ideas and the four ideas from the shortlist that are successfully chosen by organisations.

  • The person behind each of the four weekly winning ideas will receive a $500 cash prize (as a gift card).
  • The four ideas from the shortlist that are successfully chosen by organisations will be developed into real prototypes with a business plan and an agreed implementation pathway.

Depending on the skills and willingness of the people behind those winning ideas, they will be invited to take part in bringing their idea to life. They do not receive any monetary or other prize. Both types of winners, and everyone on the shortlist, will be acknowledged as the originator of their idea. They may also be profiled by our media partners and invited to any public winners’ ceremony we hold.

WHO OWNS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF IDEAS, QUESTIONS, AND COMMENTS?

In accordance with the Terms and Conditions, the person who submitted an idea, question, or comment retains ownership of their intellectual property in the idea, question, or comment but grants Australian Futures Project and its partners a number of rights to use (among other things) their intellectual property in that idea, question, or comment, including a broad, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, adapt, and develop the idea, question, or comment. The creator of the idea, question, or comment (as owner of the intellectual property rights in that idea, question, or comment) is free to develop their idea, question, or comment at any time but must not grant any rights to third parties that are inconsistent with the rights and license granted to Australian Futures Project and its partners under the Terms and Conditions.

How To Get Involved

Want to get involved, but not sure where to start? Whether you're an organisation or an individual, there are many ways you can contribute to making #WTF Australia a great success. Click the button below to download some handy guides. And follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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