$50 million in funding for smart cities

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

The federal government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program has been officially opened by Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor.

Under the program, local councils can now apply for up to $5 million in funding to support local smart technology projects.

“I’m delighted to launch this exciting new program to support the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

“This is not just for metropolitan areas — good ideas come from everywhere and we welcome applications from across Australia.”

The federal government is co-investing in innovative projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision-making and people-focused design.

“We’re looking for communities of all sizes and from all locations to put forward technology proposals that solve everyday urban or regional problems, and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide.”

A wide range of projects are expected to be developed, such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting and computer-generated programs that support local services.

Eligible organisations — local governments, private companies, not-for-profits and research organisations — can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5 million to fund up to 50% of eligible project costs.

Applications are open from 17 March until 30 June 2017.

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supported by the Future Ready incubation series assisting councils to build smart cities know-how. More information is available at business.gov.au.

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