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Smart Cities – Smart Work

Canberra is a national leader in digital technology and smart city initiatives, but there is more to do.  The Australian Government has announced it will develop a new National Cities Performance Framework in 2017 against which to evaluate Australia’s major cities.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Media Release:  7 December 2016

The Commonwealth will evaluate the performance of Australia’s major cities to improve decision making on city development.

Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor announced a new National Cities Performance Framework would be developed in 2017, to assist the Federal Government to target smart cities policy and allow the public to see how cities were progressing.

In an address on Wednesday to the Committee for Sydney, Assistant Minister Taylor also announced the formation of a new Cities Reference Group to assist with inquiries on City Deals and the publishing of feedback on the Government’s Smart Cities Plan launched earlier in the year.

“The new year will see a continuing strong focus by the Federal Government on improving the functioning of our cities – our capitals, outer suburbs and our regional cities.

“An important way we can improve the performance of our cities is by measuring their progress on key indicators – population growth, land use, society, the economy and the environment.

“Working with stakeholders, we will get a set of meaningful indicators which we will publish, allowing all Australians to see how well our major cities are working,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

“This is not ranking city against city; it’s about encouraging individual cities to improve outcomes against benchmarks, to keep delivering new PBs, if you like. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”

Committee for Sydney CEO Tim Williams said cities benchmarking would be a game-changer for Australia.

“Benchmarking our cities can change the way we plan the infrastructure they need. It will ensure in future that federal and state governments have a rational, agreed, evidence base on which to make

investment decisions. It will put Australia at the top of the league table in terms of countries really getting their act together on cities management,” Mr Williams said.

A Cities Reference Group will be established early next year to provide advice on City Deals and broader policy issues. The Government will also publish information on the stages and timeframes for City Deals, to ensure all interested stakeholders can easily access information.

Assistant Minister Taylor thanked respondents to the Commonwealth’s Smart Cities Plan.

“Submissions received through the Smart Cities Summit in April have driven the Commonwealth’s approach to early City Deal negotiations, which will include a regional City Deal competitive bidding process to be announced next year.”

He said many public submissions had highlighted the importance of measuring success.

The submission report is available via the Cities website.

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