Get involved

PlanningAlerts is run by the charity OpenAustralia Foundation, and relies on the support of volunteers and donations from people like you. If you would like to get involved we'd love to hear from you:

I am a programmer and want to add my local planning authority

You can help by writing a screen scraper for your local planning authority. Using our scraping platform you can write it in any one of your favorite languages: Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Perl or PHP.

Read our step-by-step instructions

I'm not technical and I want to get my local council on to PlanningAlerts. What can I do?

You can lobby your local council to publish its planning data in a machine readable format. Email the council planning department and General Manager. Contact your councillors and get them to support your mission.

Here is our quick guide on how to lobby your local council.

I don't have the time or I don't have the skills. How can I help?

If you value the service provided by PlanningAlerts but simply don't have the time or the specialist skills to help out personally then the best thing that you can do is to donate to the OpenAustralia Foundation, the charity behind PlanningAlerts.

Your donation will go to improving the service.

I work for a local council or planning authority and would like to make our data available

The most important thing you can do is publish your data in a simple machine-readable format that is freely available on the internet.

We highly recommend using the Application Tracking Data Interchange Specification (ATDIS). This modern, open format was developed by the NSW government, Carpadium Pty Ltd and OpenAustralia Foundation in 2014. ATDIS is supported by many commercial software vendors in their products for local councils in Australia. These include:

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how you can help.

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This independent project is part of the digital library from the local charity, the OpenAustralia Foundation. PlanningAlerts is powered by small donations from the people who use it to stay informed about changes to their local area. If you find it useful, chip in to support PlanningAlerts.

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