Australian Case Study

•       In 2016, the Federal Government released The Smart Cities Plan, designed as a footprint and a mission statement for cities of all sizes and for all parts of cities. The plan provides a platform for long term investment and coordinated planning to help Australian cities reach their full potential. The Central Government is providing its commitment that the plan will provide a foundation for ongoing reform and cooperative action.

•       Australia’s national government is encouraging the private sector as well as the public sector in states and territories to utilise technology that can provide a unique and creative solution to the challenges facing the country. These technologies will fundamentally change how Australian’s live and work. The Australian Government has strengthened its assessment of infrastructure projects and now examines the extent to which new technologies are used to improve the efficiency, sustainability and services of infrastructure networks.

•       The City of Melbourne has been applying the smart city approach with a simple mission statement: to enhance the aspects of the city that make it uniquely Melbourne, and intelligently prepare for the changing needs of the community, the environment and the economy.

•       As a Smart City, the city is prototyping tailor-made initiatives such as working with people who are blind, deaf or deaf–blind to better understand how they navigate through the city. Because of this research, a partnership was formed with Vision Australia to trial beacon technology, which transmits location-specific information to phones. Its Open Data platform has almost 100 unique data sets that are available for anyone to access and use, such as a 24-hour pedestrian counting system, which helps understand pedestrian activity in our busiest locations so we can better plan for population growth in the future