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Smart Places Acceleration Program

The NSW Smart Places Acceleration Program helps place owners – including councils, government agencies, property owners, and joint organisations – partner with the State Government to solve problems and improve the quality of life for communities across regional and metropolitan NSW.

Between 2020 and 2022, we allocated almost $45 million to initiatives that are having a big impact for the people of the state. Read about the funded initiatives.

In 2023, we have $2.5 million to allocate to new initiatives.

Expressions of Interest are now open for solutions and initiatives that address environmental quality; equity, accessibility and inclusion; health and wellbeing; and safety and security.

Read below to learn more, check out the Acceleration Program guidelines to see if you are eligible and submit your Expression of Interest. Or, get in touch with us if you want to discuss your idea further.

  • Support economic and community recovery post COVID-19
  • Encourage partnerships with and co-investment from local councils and industry to deliver smart place initiatives
  • Support advancement and implementation of the NSW Smart Places Strategy
  • Ensure NSW remains the leading state in implementing Smart Places initiatives

Program Guidelines (PDF, 1921.85 KB) eligibility requirements, evaluation framework and pipeline prioritisation process.

This round is seeking ideas for solutions and applications that focus on: environmental quality; equity, accessibility and inclusion; health and wellbeing; and safety and security.

Use the online form to express your interest in partnering with the NSW Government on a solution or initiative. Our concierge service will help you find a NSW Government partner if you haven’t already got one. Follow the instructions on the following page to login using a ServiceNSW account or create a new account to access the form.

These details will also be retained if future funding of the Smart Places Acceleration Program is made available.

Download and view the guide to Submitting an application for the Smart Places Acceleration Program (PDF, 283.2 KB).

The Smart Places Acceleration Program is made possible by a $47 million reservation under the Digital Restart Fund.

Find out more about the Digital Restart Fund.

In 2023, we want to uncover technology and data solutions and initiatives to help us boost environmental quality; equity, accessibility and inclusion; health and wellbeing; and safety and security outcomes. Some example ideas are listed below:

Health and wellbeing solutions to:

  • inform the design and maintenance of shared, bike and pedestrian paths to encourage physical activity
  • make public spaces safe and encourage their use at all times of the day
  • provide real-time data on environmental risk factors that affect health and wellbeing of customers
  • invest in health data to inform health education, program delivery and service provision in our healthcare system.

Equity, accessibility and inclusion solutions to:

  • make public spaces accessible and inclusive to all members of our community
  • provide real-time data that support those with individual access requirements
  • invest in data to inform education, program delivery and service provision in our support services system
  • make places adaptable to changing community needs.

Environmental quality solutions to:

  • provide customers real-time access to information to help them better manage their consumption and resource use
  • improve the monitoring and forecasting of environmental conditions, to assist action in real time
  • improve the efficiency of resource use and reduce waste generation
  • improve and maintain the health of the natural and built environment
  • reduce carbon impacts.

Safety and security solutions to:

  • ensure data from customers and places is collected and used to maintain both value, privacy and security
  • increase people’s sense of safety, so they can fully participate in the social and economic activities at all times of day
  • increase the social resilience of customers and communities
  • increase the safety and security of customers moving to, from and within urban centres
  • increase the resilience of physical and digital assets to natural and human threats
  • protect physical and digital infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Funded initiatives

Read more about the initiatives that have received a co-investment through the Smart Places Acceleration Program.

Share your ideas

Fill in an online form to express your interest in partnering with the NSW Government on a solution using connected technologies and data solutions.

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