Australia - Smart Cities - National Developments


The Australian smart city movement only took off in earnest in April 2016, when the government quite unexpectedly launched its National Smart City Plan. Until that time only a handful of cities were active in this space; obviously they received a shot in the arm with the announcement.

Mid-size cities are the most progressive in this field. They have the right structure and the right size to develop holistic smart city strategies. At the same time they are in a better position to make changes to the silo structures within their organisations and are able to transform into smart councils.

Leadership from the top (mayors and CEOs) is essential, as well as a strategic smart city plan and a smart council. With such a structure in place these councils are well-placed to engage with their citizens in order to co-create s mart city plans, designs and projects.

The national plan has spurred on other cities – those who are just starting on this journey, and those who still have to start – and assistance is available within the national plan for these towns and cities.

While Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all developing their own smart city projects it is much harder for these large cities to develop holistic strategies.

It is not only the local councils that are active in this space. The industry has put its weight behind a Smart City Industry Board and there is also a Smart City R&D Group. Their aim is to develop collaboration models with local councils in order to advance smart cities behind more projects.

One of the key issues that still needs to be resolved is funding and procurement. Business and funding models will have to be developed with industry assistance, but the three levels of government will also have to collaborate to make this happen.

This report provides an overview of all the important national smart city developments.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Federal Government Smart City Plan
    • 2.1 Collaborative approach between cities and industry
    • 2.2 City Deals
    • 2.3 Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
    • 2.4 Smart Cities and Suburbs Subsidy Round One
    • 2.5 Get Future Ready
  • 3. Smart City vision for Australia
    • 3.1 Overall analysis of the plan
    • 3.2 Other smart city issues
    • 3.3 Leading Regulatory Reform
    • 3.4 Measuring Success
    • 3.5 Technology Solutions First thinking:
    • 3.6 Open Real Time data:
    • 3.7 Gap analysis of existing Federal and State Legislation and Regulation:
  • 4. Australian Smart Communities Association
    • 4.1 Smart Cities Industry Collaborative
    • 4.2 R&D group collaboration
    • 4.3 ASCA Smart City Workgroups
    • 4.4 Standards workgroup
    • 4.5 Funding and procurement workgroup
    • 4.6 City-liaison workgroup
  • 5. National and International Collaboration
    • 5.1 Australia’s 8 leading smart cities
    • 5.2 Inaugural meeting of smart city mayors
    • 5.3 Global Smart City and Community Coalition (GSC3)
  • 6. key benefits of Smart cities collaboration
    • 6.1 Key benefits for cities collaborating with industry
    • 6.2 Key benefits for industry collaborating with cities
    • 6.3 Key benefits for collaboration between three levels of government
    • 6.4 The benefits for the citizens
  • 7. Smart City Living Labs
    • 7.1 Smart City Experience Centres
    • 7.2 Open Data and Apps
      • 7.2.1 Smart City Operating Systems
    • 7.3 Technical Specifications and Standards
  • 8. Smart budget – potential for smart developments
  • 9. Smart energy
    • 9.1 No smart energy policy for Australia
    • 9.2 Tesla…..
  • 10. Research and development
    • 10.1 How smart are Australian cities?
    • 10.2 National STEM school education strategy
  • 11. Cyclone Debbie

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Last updated 21 Jun 2017
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