Digital Marketplace platform now enables Australian local governments to collaborate on smart city projects.
The Digital Transformation Agency has announced that local governments can now use the Digital Marketplace platform to collaborate on smart city projects. The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has added new functionality to its Digital Marketplace to help councils find suppliers for the innovative products and services they need to deliver smart city ideas.
The Digital Marketplace is supporting implementation of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan and complements the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
“There is a great appetite for innovation within local councils, who are at the forefront of smart city initiatives,” said Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor.
“Already 25% of registered buyers on the Digital Marketplace are local government. And there are more than 400 sellers who can provide the digital expertise they need to transform their communities.”
Councils from across Australia have expressed the need to better collaborate and share ideas.
“Local councils are already working together to deliver services. But they were struggling to find a way to collaborate when a project is still just an idea, or a pilot, or a lesson they have learned that would benefit other councils,” said Assistant Minister Taylor.
Councils from Ipswich, City of Casey, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast have posted projects on the Marketplace, sharing innovative ideas about data, smart lighting, waste collection and infrastructure modelling. The collaboration space is expected to grow over time and become a permanent feature of the Digital Marketplace.
Applications for the first round of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program close on 30 June 2017. More information and the digital application form are available at the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program page.