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Canberra releases Cities Performance Framework interim report

Thursday, 20 July, 2017

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The federal government has invited public comment on the National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report, released today.

“The National Cities Performance Framework is a first for Australia,” said Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor.

“The Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan aims to create the foundations for success across all cities and regional centres. Delivering on this commitment starts with common goals, agreed across governments, and an ability to measure their delivery over time. If we can’t measure it, we can’t improve it.”

Once the framework is complete by late 2017, information will be easily accessible in one online location, in the form of an indicator dashboard supported by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), and will provide people with baseline information about their city across a range of social, economic and environmental indicators.

The minister said the Performance Framework will be a living resource that will expand and improve over time.

Future updates will draw on resources made available through the Australian Government’s open data initiatives, including and NationalMap.

Minister Taylor said that the framework is designed to support a collaborative and evidence-based approach across governments, whereby users will be able to understand a city’s narrative, dynamics and emerging trends.

The framework will also enable the public to see how cities are performing.

The federal government has consulted with its state, territory and local government counterparts, as well as affiliated government and Commonwealth bodies such as the CSIRO, the DTA and Infrastructure Australia.

The government also consulted a range of private sector and not-for-profit groups, experts and academics.

Feedback can be provided on the interim report until 18 August 2017 using the online feedback form.

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