30th March 2017

Announcing Civica partnership with Local Government for Federal Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative

  • Civica to partner with customers and external parties to develop digital and mobile solutions in support of the Federal Government 'Smart Cities and Suburbs' initiative
  • Announcement coincides with AIIA Navigating Digital Government Summit in the ACT

Canberra, Australia, 5th April, 2017: Civica, one of Australia's leading suppliers of software, digital and outsourcing services that helps transform the way organisations work, today announced a program to encourage Local Government customers to partner and develop solutions that access grant funding from the Federal Government Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative.

The scheme, announced in March by the Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, (http://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/taylor/2017/council-smart-tech-funding-5million) provides co-funding for the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns."

The Federal Government has initiated the $50 million program to encourage collaborative smart city projects. The grant is only available to local government bodies partnering with private sector organisation during the life of the project, with the government paying 50% of the project costs for successful applications.

The minimum grant amount is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount is $5 million. Eligible activities must align with one or more of the four program priority areas outlined below:

Smart Infrastructure: Improving the efficiency, reliability, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure and essential services.
Smart Precincts: Making community precincts more liveable, productive, sustainable and safe.
Smart Services and Communities: Delivering community focussed local government services.
Smart Planning and Design: Building adaptable and resilient cities through improved land use, strategic planning and governance.

Civica is supporting the initiative by providing access to internal expertise and external consultants experienced in securing public sector grant funding to assist its clients with project scoping and grant applications.

Civica recently worked with the City Of Rockingham to develop Rock Port, which is available 24/7, allowing citizens to log in at any time, from any device. The portal also interacts directly with unique profile data, automatically managing payments and relaying personal preferences to the council." The council will also receive regular feedback from the community via a 'happiness index'.

Attending the Navigating Digital Government Summit organised by the AIIA in Canberra today, Richard Fiddis, Managing Director, Civica International said:

"Rock Port is an excellent example of public private partnership working together to improve service delivery and efficiency. It is great to see that the council is taking action to enhance communications and engagement with its citizens to offer the best technology services that are tailored to their needs. We look forward to identifying similar projects suitable for the Smart Cities initiative with our customers"

Civica Group recently announced the formation of a dedicated business unit, Civica Digital, to support the digital transformation agenda. Combining a number of recent acquisitions, and leveraging existing capability such as Contact360, a local government solution for citizen engagement and service delivery; the 900 people strong unit is already delivering solutions for Civica customers in Australia, and the business has plans to significantly increase investment in the space over the coming years.

Councils looking to participate in the program should contact their Civica Account Manager or email Civica at: marketing@civica.com.au. Funding applications close on June 30th 2017.