Northern Territory councils can apply for up to $5 million in funding to support smart tech projects in their local communities.
The Coalition Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme has been launched by Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor.
“I’m delighted to launch this exciting new programme 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.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government was co-investing in projects that applied smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design.
“I encourage councils to consider putting forward smart tech proposals that not only solve community problems here in the Territory, but have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide,” Senator Scullion said.
A wide range of projects is expected to be developed such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting, and computer-generated programmes 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 per cent of eligible project costs.
Under the programme guidelines, all projects must involve both local government and a private sector organisation. Applications are open until 30 June 2017.
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme is supported by the Future Ready incubation series for councils that are looking to build smart cities know-how.
For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme guidelines, visit business.gov.au