BenefitMe case study

Digital Aotearoa Collective’s  challenge

The Digital Aotearoa Collective(Opens in a new tab/window) (formerly GovZero Aotearoa) wanted to use Rules as Code (RaC) to code NZ’s Social Security Act. This was an important project for the collective, which aims to address injustice and improve wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Digital Aotearoa Collective’s transformation

Salsa donated NZ$20,000 and three team members (for a total of 24 hours a week for 11 months) to help build the first iteration of BenefitMe(Opens in a new tab/window). Working with other key members, we started with rules analysis, before splitting into two teams: one focused on service design and building the frontend, and one focused on the OpenFisca rules coding. The frontend was built in 4 weeks using CivicTheme and an OpenFisca Drupal module. 

The outcomes

  • A new website, BenefitMe(Opens in a new tab/window), built with CivicTheme and Drupal 
  • A customised webform that interacts with OpenFisca so people can enter in details to see if they’re eligible for benefits
  • Coding in OpenFisca of JobSeeker, Sole Parent Support, Disability Allowance and Accommodation Supplement 

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