ACT Housing clients will have more autonomy over their housing needs with a new online service to be developed thanks to funding through the Smart Cities Program, Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja announced today.

The Federal Government is delivering $668,000 to develop an online service allowing public housing clients to search for suitable residence options – meaning the clients will have the ability to choose a residence to suit their circumstances, rather than relying on a subjective assessment of their needs.

This system will also aid ACT Housing in future urban planning assessemnt for public housing needs, by collating data on dwelling types and residential areas with high or low client suitability and creating an online inventory of the needs.

Senator Seselja congratulated ACT Housing on the success of their application, and said the investment by the Federal Government would simplify the process for Canberrans in need.

“Projects such as this to undertake smarter planning will lead to the development of smarter cities. The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is delivering on one of our 2016 election commitments, and I am glad to see Canberra benefitting in Round Two,” Senator Seselja said.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said many of the projects will collect valuable, sensor based data that, once analysed, could mean sharing the projects nationally, and internationally.

“The program encourages collaboration between local governments, industry, research organisations, tech start-ups and manufacturers in cities and towns across Australia. These partnerships in turn support the growth of emerging industries and help build smart city capability at the local level,” Minister Tudge said.