There’s big news today from downunder, with Delib Australia launching with local staffing and hosting to service the Australian and New Zealand markets.

We’ve updated the Delib Australia section with details and below is the media release that’s been distributed to government and technology press in Australia.

Leading UK online consultation company expands to Australia

Delib – the ‘digital democracy’ company that helped the Obama Government run their first crowd-sourcing project and supported the UK Government’s first e-voting pilots – is expanding its operations to Australia.

Delib is one of the world’s leading providers of ‘out-of-the-box’ and custom online consultation and public participation tools, having worked with governments and commercial organisations in the United Kingdom, Canada, the USA and Europe for over ten years.

Delib has already assisted local Australian governments from its UK base, however its Australian office will ensure local governments and organisations benefit from local expertise.

‘We’re excited to announce the launch of Delib Australia,’ said Chris Quigley, co-founder and CEO of Delib.

‘Having a local base allows us to better support our existing Australian customers and offer our Citizen Space and Dialogue App services to support online consultations for all levels of Australian government, corporations and not-for-profit organisations,’ Chris said.

‘Increasingly, governments and organisations are seeking innovative yet cost-effective ways of engaging with the public, and this is where Delib Australia can help.

‘We offer Australian governments and companies the ability to enhance their public engagement practices while using our management and analytics capabilities to reduce the cost and time to design, manage and respond to consultation processes.’

Delib Australia has appointed Craig Thomler – a leading open government advocate and marketing professional – to the role of Managing Director.

Delib Australia will initially be based in Canberra and cloud-host its services within Australia to provide governments and corporations with higher speed, reliability and security.

About Delib

Delib is a UK-based ‘digital democracy’ company specialising in the development and support of web-based online consultation tools for governments, not-for-profit, resources, property and infrastructure sectors.

Established in 2001, Delib worked on the first e-voting pilots in the UK and crowd-sourcing projects with the US government from 2008. The Obama Government used Delib’s Dialogue App in 2009 to run their first open government crowd-sourcing project.

In 2010 the company developed the Citizen Space platform in partnership with the UK government, a cloud-based online consultation system for governments. Citizen Space meets high standards of accessibility, security, and ease-of-use at a cost-effective price.

Delib is now one of the leading global providers of out-of-the-box and custom online consultation and public participation tools. The company works with governments and commercial organisations across the United Kingdom, Canada, US and Australia , as well as with the European Parliament.

Delib Australia is a new company founded in March 2012 as a partnership between Delib UK and Craig Thomler to deliver Delib’s services and expertise to Australia and New Zealand.

More information about Delib and its services is available at www.delib.net

About Craig Thomler

Craig Thomler is one of Australia’s leading social media and Government 2.0 advocates and practitioners.

As an entrepreneur he has founded and held senior roles at a number of early-stage technology and resources companies in Australia and overseas since 1995.

From 2006 to 2012 Craig worked in the Australian Public Service in senior online communication roles, where he developed an interest in improving public governance through strategic and innovative use of digital technologies.

In 2009 Craig was awarded the inaugural Government 2.0 Individual Innovator Award by the Australian Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and in 2010 he was named one of ‘The Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics’ by PoliticsOnline and the World eDemocracy Forum in Paris, France.

Craig blogs about social media, open government and Government 2.0 at http://eGovAU.blogspot.com and presents regularly at conferences in Australia and overseas.