Without additional funding and a broadening of the Commonwealth’s Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative, there is a risk the benefit of investments in smart technologies will not be fully realised. Many communities will be left behind and the full benefits of the digital economy will not be realised across Australia.
All communities, whether they be in the major capitals or in regional towns, need to be future-ready. Linked-up, smart communities will foster decentralisation and ensure equitable access to the benefits of the knowledge economy.
Support communities on their digital transformation journeys by:
The Smart Communities Program would have a cumulative Gross Domestic Product benefit of $242.3 million by the third year and create up to 700 new jobs.
The Digital Local Government and Rural / Regional Telecommunications Program would have a cumulative Gross Domestic Product benefit of $98.1 million by the third year and create up to 300 new jobs.