Blue Flower

Current Competition

We can announce that a competition to design a new democratic voting system is open for design and your contribution.


Prize Money

At this stage there will be a $500-10,000 AUD value prize to the winning submission (which can be teams or individuals). The money is being donated by individuals at this stage, and will be coordinated by not for profit and independent Think Tank, Ethicethary.


The Challenge

The challenge will be to design an improved voting, representation and legislative system to the current Westminster model. The mathematical challenge is to solve for Arrow's theorem at the very least.



The proposal can be non mathematical in nature, however the voting logic will be mathematically assessed by our team.

The winning submission will be turned into a virtual Parliament at


Process and Winning Criteria

Any feed in to the process of defining the challenge and evaluation process would be great at this stage.

We will assess a proposal based on design features such as:

  • cost effectiveness
  • transparency
  • anti-corruptible qualities
  • overcoming Arrow's theorem or other mathematical agency outcomes
  • popularity with voters
  • inclusiveness and representativeness
  • leading to competitiveness outcomes for Australia
  • improving economics, social, ecological outcomes
  • and name of the solution or system.)

If there are up to 3 entries that are comparable following assessment of all criteria, we intend on beta testing all of them and comparing in relation to the data outcomes for a 'best solution'.


Evaluation Committee

The committee and process to fairly assess the outcomes of the competition is being put together in collaboration with key stakeholders.


Indicative Timeline

October 2015: Competition Design, Procedures, Evaluation Committee, Probity and Submission Pack will be finalised.

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016: The SMART team will engage with key stakeholders and publicise the competition

Feb-Mar 2016: Briefing Sessions to Announce the competition, and Q&A will be held with any questions

April-July 2016: Entrants will compose there entries

July 2016: The judging committee will assess the entries and shortlist the 3 finalists

Aug 2016: The three best entries will be announced, and published on the SMART website, and the public will be able to suggest improvements or make criticisms. The entrants will be given the chance to take the feedback and resubmit their entries based on the feedback.

Sep 2017: The Committee will meet to announce the winner of the competition (if there are joint winners, the prize money will be split), and the winning entries will be Beta tested as a Virtual Parliament on SMART.ORG.AU

*Subject to variation