Frequently Asked Questions

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The Ipswich Transparency and Integrity Hub is an online portal that gives the community greater scrutiny over how council spends ratepayers’ money. A wide range of data will be published to the hub over time as part of improving the openness, accountability and effectiveness of council operations.

The Ipswich Transparency and Integrity Hub is the first time a local government in Australia has provided such extensive access to its financial accounts in a user-friendly, searchable format. Five years of financial information relating to council, and council-controlled entities, is available on the hub.

More than six gigabytes of data has been published for the 1 July 2020 launch of the Ipswich Transparency and Integrity Hub. The following data has been made available:

Detailed income and expenditure data for current and past council-controlled entities including:

  • Ipswich City Developments Pty Ltd - formerly Ipswich City Developments Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Ipswich City Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Ipswich City Properties Pty Ltd
  • Ipswich Motorsport Park Pty Ltd
  • Procurement data for all contracts valued $200,000 and above (ex GST) for the past five financial years
  • Detailed information about how money was spent on council’s Smart City Program
  • Councillor related expenses, allowance and reimbursements for the past five financial years

Council has budgeted $200,000 for the establishment of the hub in the first year which includes development and delivery, training for Ipswich City Council employees, licensing fees and associated legal costs. Ongoing, the hub is budgeted to cost $100,000 per annum.

Yes. There are ‘share’ and ‘download’ buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email.

There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats. Additionally, you can copy and paste the url at the top of the page you are viewing.

Data downloaded will be ‘point in time’ and may not be accurate if data is updated on the hub at a later date to when the download was made.

Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Contact” option to send a message to your organisation.

Data will be regularly published to Open Ipswich. Initially, financial information will be updated monthly, with a plan to progress to near real-time updates that allow for financial data to be updated daily.

New data sets will be made available on Open Ipswich as they become available for publication. If there is a particular data set you would like more information about, please contact xxxx

Is there a way people can get a notification when new data sets get released? Like a subscription to an e-alert

No. You do not need to register to view or download data on Open Ipswich.

To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “Broken Down By” drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyse the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.

Brisbane-based company Redman Solutions delivered the OpenGov platform for Ipswich City Council.

OpenGov is an internationally recognised, world-leading open data platform used by more than 1000 cities, counties and state agencies across 48 US states including the City of New York, Ohio State and San Antonio.

Redman Solutions was selected as the preferred supplier following an open tender process.

On 4 May 2020, the Request for Tender was advertised as an open tender to the market. Eight responses, including one deemed non-conforming, were received prior to the close of tender on 25 May 2020.

A shortlist of three offers were drawn and presented to an Evaluation Panel and subject matter experts. The panel unanimously agreed the Redman Solutions offer presented the best response in terms of scope, value for money, capability and capacity to deliver for Ipswich City Council.