Victoria – The Place To Be For Smartphone Applications

 

With over 36% of the Australian mobile phone population owning a smartphone, and with an expected growth to more than 50% within 12 months, it’s no wonder the number of applications (or “apps”) being made, continues to increase rapidly. It is becoming more common for websites to offer a mobile version of their website or a dedicated app and this trend has continued with our local Government agencies getting onboard.

In Victoria, we are spoiled with almost every Government department offering something. From the Department of Health’s fantastic Better Health Channel application, which I have personally used many times to locate a 24hr Chemist or gain health advice for my children, to VicRoads SmartPark application, which helps me to avoid being fined by reminding me that my parking is about to expire, and it even tells me the exact location I parked my car!

I have put together a list of Victorian State and Federal Government smartphone apps that I have found to be useful, informative and educational for both my iPhone and, when available, my Android based HTC Wildfire. Best of all, these apps are all free.

Vic-Heritage

By Department of Planning and Community Development

Available for: iPhone

Vic Heritage explores the histories of the most important and unusual places in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Australia.

 

 

Better Health Channel – Health Information and Services

By Department of Health (Victoria)

Available for: iPhone

The Better Health Channel app helps you take control of your health and wellbeing by providing you with quality assured, reliable and trusted health information and services. With extensive health and medical information, treatments information, first aid procedures and more.

 

VicEvents

By Department of Business and Innovation

Available for: iPhoneiPad, Android

VicEvents provides a list of thousands of Victorian events in one simple app. Events are listed in categories such as community events, food and wine, festivals, sport and many others. You can search for an event, browse an event or even shake your phone to view a ‘random event’.

 

The Wine Regions of Victoria

By Tourism Victoria

Available for: iPhone

This official Wine Regions of Victoria mobile app brings all 22 wine regions and more than 240 wineries to your fingertips anywhere, anytime you need them.

 

 

Field Guide to Victorian Fauna

By Museum Victoria

Available for: iPhone, iPad

The animals found in the south eastern Australian State of Victoria are unique and diverse. Detailed descriptions of animals, maps of distribution, and endangered species status combine with stunning imagery and sounds to provide a valuable reference that can be used in urban, bush and coastal environments. The content has been developed by scientists at Museum Victoria, Australia’s largest public museum organisation.

 

Melbourne Water

By Melbourne Water

Available for: iPhone

Official dam level application from Melbourne Water with all you need to know about Melbourne, Australia’s dams: Where the rain fell, how much went into reservoirs, how much we used, and how this all compares with previous years.

 

VicTraffic

By VicRoads

Available for: iPhone

VicTraffic is the official traffic app from VicRoads. View realtime travel times on freeways and major roads around Melbourne.

 

 

VicRoads SmartPark

By VicRoads

Available for: iPhone

SmartPark can help you when parking in Melbourne clearway zones and timed parking spots by reminding you to get back to your car before the time expires. SmartPark can also give you directions back to your car.

 

National Gallery of Victoria

By National Gallery of Victoria

Available for: iPhone

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and most distinguished public art museum, based in Melbourne. The NGV app provides information about what’s on at the NGV, from our ever-changing schedule of exhibitions, to a range of NGV Programs designed to entertain, engage and encourage understanding of the NGV Collection and exhibitions.

 

CFA FireReady

By Collabforge Pty. Ltd. (CFA)

Available for: iPhoneiPad, AndroidBlackberry

Prepare. Act. Survive. How FireReady are you? FireReady is the official Country Fire Authority (CFA) app for bushfire information in Victoria. Download to assess your own FireReady status and to remain aware of incidents around you in real-time.

 

Metlink Melbourne

By Metlink Victoria

Available for: iPhone, Android

Metlink’s iPhone app gives you scheduled departures for trains, trams and buses throughout Victoria. You can check scheduled departures for train, tram and bus, plan your journey, get real-time tram information via tramTRACKER, view the next five departures from stations and stops, view the unplanned changes for metropolitan trains, find your closest stops using GPS and much more.

 

tramTRACKER

By Yarra Trams

Available for: iPhone

With tramTRACKER for iPhone from Yarra Trams you can check real-time tram arrival information for any tram stop in Melbourne.

 

 

Report Litter

By EPA Victoria

Available for: iPhone

EPA Victoria’s public litter reporting system is unique to Australia and allows members of the public to report those who they see littering from or near motor vehicles.

 

 

What’s On at Fed Square

By Fed Square Pty Ltd

Available for: iPhone

And with over 2,000 events a year, there’s always something happening at Fed Square. From free outdoor concerts to major multicultural festivals, art exhibitions to wine tasting, you can stay up to date with this handy “What’s On” application which will tell you exactly what’s happening and where to find it.

 

My Shop Rights (Consumer Affairs Victoria)

By The Slattery Media Group and (Consumer Affairs Victoria)

Available for: iPhone, Android

MyShopRights helps you with your refund, warranty and lay-by rights while you’re shopping.

 

 

myMarkets Vic

By Naturally Being Pty Ltd

Available for: iPhone

Award Winner – Victorian Government “App My State” Competition. myMarkets Vic is a fun, different way to interact with and experience Victorian markets. The myMarkets Vic app is light and informative, designed to allow users to engage in market communities, and enable them to share their personal experiences.


SunSmart

By Boosted Human (initiative of SunSmart Victoria)

Available for: iPhone, Android

The SunSmart app lets you know when you need sun protection across Australia and when its safe to get some sun for vitamin D, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.

 

Beachsafe

By Surf Life Saving Australia

Available for: iPhone

Users of the Beachsafe app can access detailed information about Australia’s approx 12,000 beaches including weather and forecast’s, tide, swell, water temperature, service patrol periods, Lifesaving Clubs, regulatory and hazard information!

 

DisasterWatch

By AEMI (Australian Emergency Management)

Available for: iPhone, Android

This DisasterWatch app is an initiative of the Australian Government. It provides information about disaster related events and disaster resilience in Australia.

 

 

National Public Toilet Map

By Human Solutions Pty Ltd (Department of Health and Ageing)

Available for: iPhone

The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms, accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets.

 

Snap Send Solve

By Outware Mobile

Available for: iPhone, Android

Not a Government built app, but the easiest way to report issues to your local council office. Snap Send Solve is designed to help you quickly and easily report issues and provide feedback to your local council. Using your GPS to determine your location and work out which council you are in. Once determined the server sends back all relevant council details, including contact information, location, and email contact. Easily capture and report on common issues on the app and send directly to your council office.

2 comments

  1. Steve says:

    Good one

  2. Sarah says:

    So handy, thank you!

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