The Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) has released its 2019 national policy priorities, identifying four key pillars of national growth that it urges political parties to pay special attention to in lead up to the federal election.
In releasing its platform, the council’s Executive Director, Adam Beck, said that intelligent decisions made now will have significant impacts on the development of the nation’s major population hubs.
“We believe that greater investment in technology and data solutions can help our cities, regions and indeed the nation position itself for the opportunities afforded through the greater use of data insights, such as increasing GDP and exports in innovation areas such as PropTech,” Mr Beck said.
The priorities and recommendations SCCANZ are calling on all parties to commit to include:
Infrastructure and the Built Environment
Establishment of the Digital Built Australia Centre of Excellence within Infrastructure Australia to drive the digital transformation of the property sector.
Production of a National Urban Mobility Framework, to set direction for Australia’s mobility future.
Creation of a Smart Regions Fund of $50M/year over three years to catalyse digital transformation in rural and regional areas.
Incubating Investment and Scaling Outcomes
Renewing the Smart Cities and Suburbs program and committing to $100M/year for three years.
Development of a Smart Cities Blueprint for City Deals, ensuring that this program ensures coordinated and scalable action and investment in digital transformation.
Transformed Decision Making
Establishment of the Office of City Data, working across all tiers of government to build data maturity that can unlock the value of data for enhanced decision making.
Mr Beck continued, saying that Australia has swiftly become one of the world’s key smart cities markets, with significant export opportunities emerging in property technology, internet of things, blockchain and civic innovation.”
“However, we are still sluggish with investment in smart technologies in our own cities, to help solve the growing challenges from rapid urbanisation and population growth.” Mr Beck said “we need sustained investment from all tiers of government for at least the next term of government to ensure we build the business case and scale and replicate proof of concept projects.”