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Smart Cities and Suburbs Program


This program seeks to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

It forms part of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan that supports projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits in metropolitan and regional urban centres.

Grants between $250,000 and $5 million are available up to 50% of eligible project costs. Applicants must provide evidence of how they will fund their minimum 50% share of eligible project costs from funding sources other than the Commonwealth. 

A total funding pool of $50 million is available over three financial years. Approximately $22 million is available in Round 2.

The program will run over three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the Guidelines.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Eligible partner organisations include:
- Local government agencies or bodies
- Private companies
- Research organisations
- Not-for-profit

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include those that apply innovative smart technologies that generate, store and process data to target urban challenges. Projects must involve the innovative application of knowledge, hardware or software that:
- Is new to the organisation, the local government area, city, region or country.
- Delivers an outcome which has not previously been realised in their community.

Eligible activities must:
- Relate directly to the project.
- Align with one or more of the four program priority areas:
a) Smart infrastructure
b) Smart precincts
c) Smart services and communities
d) Smart planning and design

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible projects, activities and expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The extent to which the project is innovative and uses smart technology and open data. (30 points)
- The scope of social, environmental and economic benefits the project will deliver. (30 points)
- The extent of the project’s community focus and impact on the liveability of the cities, suburbs and towns. (20 points)
- Their capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project. (20 points)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2019-01-29 Download
Sample Grant Agreement 2018-05-03 Download
Example Project Budget 2018-05-03 Download
Sample Application Form 2018-05-03 Download
Guidelines 2018-05-03 Download
Template Letter of Support from Project Partner 2018-05-03 Download
Template Letter of Support from Lead Applicant’s Organisation 2018-05-03 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 2 May 2018
Start By Date 18 Jun 2018
Closing Date 2 Jul 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $250,000
Max.Funding $5M
Total Funding Pool $50M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Infrastructure / Equipment
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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