Artificial intelligence set to speed up development approvals

Slow development approvals and inconsistent planning decisions could soon be a thing of the past, with disruptive technologies set to streamline urban planning.

Artificial intelligence could soon be sophisticated enough to semi-automate urban planning processes, better predicting the effects of a proposed development and fast-tracking approvals.

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New gender council has local government in its sights

Australia’s first independent body committed to gender equality is set to partner with councils to help get more women into elected and executive roles. The Australian Gender Equality Council is Australia’s first independent national body supporting the achievement of gender equality through national campaigns based on research.

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Typeform hack exposes Council data

About 2800 NZ ratepayers have had their personal information compromised after using online forms created by Typeform to share comments with Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council, or Waipā District Council.

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Melbourne City Council tries to spin out digital company

The City of Melbourne is planning to spin out a subsidiary to help it sell its digital services offerings to other local councils. The company, dubbed Melbourne Digital Enterprise, is being proposed by the council to “create ventures with a range of commercial and public sector partners”.

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Adelaide councils team up for smart-city project

The cities of Prospect, Burnside, Port Adelaide Enfield, Playford and Campbelltown in Adelaide’s north have teamed up in a bid to embrace digital innovation and achieve economies of scale with the deployment of internet of things devices.

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Making drains smarter for Yarra Ranges Council

Fujitsu Australia, in collaboration with construction group Downer and Melbourne based electronics engineering and software development company EYEfi, has successfully trialled a ‘smart drains’ system that has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of flooding from overflowing stormwater drains.

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Federal government endorses national e-invoicing standard

The federal government has adopted an industry-wide framework for digital invoicing, paving the way for rapid takeup of electronic invoicing in government and the creation of a de facto national electronic payment system.

Deloitte Access Economics estimates e-invoicing could result in economy-wide benefits of up to $28 billion over ten years.

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