As the national peak industry association for smart digital community, broadband and digital economic development ASCA works with business, advisory groups, industry and all levels of government to advocate for and influence public policy that supports Australia’s transition to a digital economy. Our aim is to be a leading voice by developing policy on smart communities and publishing material to influence change.
What makes a smart community?
ASCA's White Paper explores the best practice elements that encapsulate the creation and strategy of a Smart Community. It emphasizes how Smart Communities are cities and regions that use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance and diversify, solve social and infrastructure problems, support growth and enrich lives in the 21st Century. The intended audience of this White Paper includes Australian cities, regions and communities who are planning or implementing Smart Community initiatives using next generation broadband connectivity and digital technologies.
Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (NBN)
The Joint Standing Committee was established to inquire into and report on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). View ASCA’s submission.
The Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan recognises the importance of cities - metropolitan and regional - to our economic, social and environmental wellbeing - June 2016
The government’s plan for a multi-billion dollar fund to assist in the development of smart cities through the collaboration of smart local councils and private industry fits in well with the local council and industry initiatives that have recently been established by the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA). View ASCA's submission letter.
Inquiry into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015
This Bill proposes to implement, in part, the Government's response to the independent cost-benefit analysis and review of regulatory arrangements for the NBN. This Bill contains measures that respond to recommendations made by the Vertigan panel (headed by Dr Michael Vertigan AC) to fine-tune the operation of the telecommunications access regime and NBN Co's line of business obligations. ASCA’s submission supports all measures that encourage competition for service providers, the ability for NBN to conduct pilots/trials and the opening up of interconnection to listed points on the National Broadband Network (NBN). View ASCA's submission letter.
Radiocommunications (LIPD) Class Licence 2015
ASCA sought member feedback regarding proposed changes to this licence. This feedback was consolidated into an ASCA submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).