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On policy, trade, and global affairs in 2016

Submitted by Adam Beck on December 17, 2016
The Smart Cities Movement is a global one, it knows no boundaries. Since his re-election in July 2016, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been advancing his Smart Cities Plan for the nation via the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under the stewardship of Assistant Minister The Hon Angus Taylor MP. SCC has been working closely with the team shaping the $50M Smart Cities and Suburbs program, sharing the outcomes of similar programs in the United States and in the European Union. The draft guidelines for this program have been released for consultation until late January 2017.

Our support has included drafting programmatic requirements to ensure the funding is leveraged, and that long term capacity is built within government and the industry. We continue to influence the program’s design, and look forward to working with the Department on an ongoing basis in the years to come. 

Further to SCCANZ’s involvement in the Smart Cities and Suburbs program, we are working on a range of smart cities metrics to help influence the proposed City Deals initiative. More to come on this in 2017.

Additionally, we have been working closely with Austrade locally, and in the United States, to help build a strong smart cities marketplace for Australia. SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck will be facilitating Australian and New Zealand involvement in Smart Cities Week in Washington DC in September 2017, and SCC’s newest event 'Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley’ in April 2017. If anyone would like more information about participating in Smart Cities Week, please contact Adam Beck at ‪

And in the Asia Pacific region, SCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month with the Hong Kong based Smart City Consortium, who are playing a catalytic role in shaping the direction and activities of building a smart cities agenda in the nation. SCCANZ's Executive Director Adam Beck represented SCC at the signing, which was also attended by international guests from the United States. Hong Kong is currently developing its Smart Cities Strategy which is due for release in 2017, and will be a milestone that is critical in its smart cities journey.