Australia’s cities are some of the most liveable in the world. Around three quarters of our population live in Australia’s 21 largest cities and these generate around 80 per cent of GDP. Continued globalisation and technological change mean that Australia’s economy will increasingly rely on knowledge-based and other services for its prosperity. Australia’s cities are gateways to the global economy and the engine rooms for these industries.
The Australian Government committed to the Smart Cities Plan in 2016. The Plan sets out the Government’s vision for productive and liveable cities that encourage innovation, support growth and create jobs.
The Smart Cities Plan represents a framework for cities policy at the federal level—and it is a framework that guides action across various portfolios, to deliver better outcomes for Australian cities, the people who live in them and all Australians.
In 2016, the Australian Government invited submissions from the public to help shape the Smart Cities Plan, a report on the findings on this consultation process is available PDF: 2666 KB .
City Deals are the key mechanism for delivering on the Smart Cities Plan. They are a genuine partnership between the three levels of government and the community to work towards a shared vision for productive and liveable cities.
The Australian Government is also progressing a number of pilot Regional Deals that bring together all levels of government to deliver agreed outcomes in the region.