Smart Infrastructure Policy


The Smart Infrastructure Policy sets the minimum requirements for smart technology to be embedded in all new and upgraded infrastructure from 2020 onwards (recommendation 32 in the State Infrastructure Strategy). It is a foundational element of the Smart Places Strategy because it will ensure the NSW Government can plan, design, build and operate connected communities that:

  • are better placed to meet growing demand due to population growth (i.e. increased capacity and minimising service failure)
  • produce, analyse and securely share infrastructure data to improve liveability, productivity and sustainability
  • get the best return on the Government’s infrastructure commitment.

Agencies are required to comply with the policy and requirements for all new and upgraded infrastructure.  The corresponding circular (DCS–2020-03) can be found on the NSW Government Circulars website.

The Policy covers things like: Cyber Security, Privacy, Data and Intelligence, Application and Hosting, Connectivity and Sensors.  All the requirements combined play a role in interoperability and the development of Smart Infrastructure.

Strategic alignment

The Smart Infrastructure Policy is a key enabler for Smart Places.  Smart Places use technology to capture data and insights on the built and natural environment. The data and insights are used to help improve productivity, liveability and resilience of cities, towns and communities. The solutions created by Smart Places address challenges related to urbanisation and sustainability.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment are leading the work on Smart Places.  For further information on Smart Places please visit the Smart Places Website.

Smart Places align with the 2018 NSW State Infrastructure Strategy (SIS) and Digital.NSW Beyond Digital Strategy.

The NSW Government released the Internet of Things Policy and Guide in October 2019.