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Comment on the Digital Local Government program

Comment on the Digital Local Government program

Published: 26th August 2011

Armidale-Dumaresq Council Building By Cgoodwin (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Stakeholders of the $17.1 million Digital Local Government program have been invited to comment on draft program guidelines submitted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

The proposed guidelines provide information on the purpose and objectives of the program, as well as the process for councils to access the initial funding round.

The Digital Local Government program encourages the development and delivery of online solutions through the National Broadband Network (NBN) and supports the National Digital Economy Strategy's vision of making Australia one of the world's leading digital economies by 2020.

The program will provide funding to local governments representing the first 40 communities to benefit from the NBN.

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean, said this would ensure the program delivers services that meet the needs of local governments and their communities.

“As the NBN is rolled out, I encourage the ICT industry to work with local councils to help develop improved and innovative council services to homes and businesses,” Mr Crean said.

Comments on the draft guidelines can be submitted by 5pm, Friday 9 September 2011 to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy via email at digitallocalgov@dbcde.gov.au

To view the draft guidelines or to find out more about the Digital Local Government program visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/digitallocalgov