The Australian Government’s $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

For the purposes of this program, smart technologies generate, store, communicate and process data. Smart technologies enable local governments and their communities to work together and make better decisions about designing, delivering and using public assets, services and spaces.

Smart technology can help local governments to:

  • engage the community in planning and policy decisions
  • address economic, social and environmental challenges
  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of urban service delivery.

The program will foster smart cities capability through collaborative projects involving one or more communities.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5 million to fund up to 50%of eligible project costs from funding sources other than the Commonwealth.

Applications are now open until 30 June 2017.

For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines, visit www.business.gov.au/assistance/smart-cities-and-suburbs-program

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