Our cities—regional and metropolitan—are where most Australians live and where most of the nation’s economic output is produced.

On 20 September 2015 the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced cities as a national priority for the Australian Government.

To succeed in the 21st Century economy our cities need to be liveable, accessible and productive. Great cities attract, retain and develop increasingly mobile talent and organisations, encouraging them to innovate, create jobs and support growth.

The Smart Cities Plan is another way the Government is building an agile, innovative and prosperous nation.

Go to our Cities website to find out more or have your say.

Round Two program funding

Round Two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is now open.

Applications close at 5:00pm AEST on 2 July 2018.

Please visit the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program for more information.

  • The Smart Cities Plan sets out the Australian Government’s approach to cities. The Plan outlines a vision for productive and livable cities to encourage innovation, support growth and create jobs. It also provides a framework for cities policy at the federal level and guides action across portfolios to deliver better outcomes for our cities and the people who live in them.

  • City Deals are the key mechanism for delivering on the Smart Cities Plan. City Deals are a long term partnership between the three levels of government and the community to work toward a shared vision for productive and liveable cities.

  • The $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supporting the delivery of innovative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia.

  • The Performance Framework provides a snapshot of the productivity and progress of Australia’s 21 largest cities, plus Western Sydney. It is the first official framework of its kind in Australia and brings together critical data on our cities in an easily accessible online format.

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