Smart cities

The ACT Government is committed to evolving Canberra into a smart and connected digital city, through leading-edge initiatives.


Canberra Smart City

“Smart cities use real time information and technology to engage and collaborate with residents to better plan and access services, deliver integrated, smart transport, attract and create jobs, and place the citizen in the centre of all service delivery”

Canberra: A Statement of Ambition, 2016

Canberra as a Smart City

The ACT Government is committed to evolving Canberra into a smart and connected digital city, through leading-edge initiatives like the CBRfree WiFi network, one of Australia’s largest free outdoor public WiFi networks, and an integrated smart parking network currently being trialled in one of our boutique shopping districts.

The ACT Government’s smart city program utilises smart partnerships, smart policy and smart technology to ensure Canberra remains the world’s most liveable city.

Smart City Strategy

The ACT Government is developing a Smart City Strategy and we are seeking input from across the community, industry and academic sectors on how we can use technology, digital platforms and real-time data to drive better outcomes for Canberra and our region.

Representatives of peak bodies, industry and academia joined the Smart City team on 10 April 2017 for a forum on the smart city challenges and opportunities for Canberra and the region. View the presentations here.

Explore our Smart City projects


CBRfree public WiFi

Free public WiFi being rolled-out across Canberra, providing users with access up to 250 megabytes per day.


Smart parking

A trial at Manuka that uses innovative technology to save drivers time, reduce traffic delays and provide a better overall user experience.


Smart street lights

Canberra's new streetlight network which will aim to improve cost and energy efficiency while supporting services such as environmental monitoring.


Renewable energy by 2020

Read about Canberra’s plan to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources (pdf 1064kb).


The digital backpack

Our online portal which provides safe and secure access to a range of online learning platforms for Canberra students.