Open Cities advocacy agenda is key part of our role as the representative of next generation businesses, services and government. These are the three pillars of our advocacy work:

Join an Open Cities Taskforce now and work with us to grow the Australian Circular Economy, create jobs and drive investment in more productive, efficient and sustainable infrastructure and services that enhance liveability and biodiversity.


The Circular Economy is worth trillions of dollars to the global economy. It is about the reuse and conservation of resources already available to the economy in ways that drive productivity. Next-Gen utility and mobility services are transforming communities around the world, offering innovation, jobs, economic growth and resilience and a 

circular approach to resource management. 


Unlike the linear economy, a circular economy drives businesses, products and services opportunities through reuse and recycling including waste and water, renewably generating energy, keeping resources local for the environment and for people, sharing mobility and data. This creates an opportunity to make utilities and services cheaper for people and businesses. Millions of people and tens of thousands of businesses are now participating in this high-tech innovative circular economic approach.

Rapid advancements in technology and innovation are propelling this economic transition, along with the obvious fact earth will run out of resources to meet the current needs of our growing human population – anticipated to exceed 9.8 billion by 2050.  While leading and innovative Australian businesses are part of this transition - including Open Cities own members: Flow Systems; Go Get; Opticomm; Arup; Smart Commercial Solar; Integral Group to name a few - a lot more work needs to be done right now for us to secure our place in the global Circular Economy 2.0. 


  • Make Australia a circular economy world leader by 2030 with a dedicated national strategy.

  • Establish a dedicated unit in Treasury to provide research and leadership on Australia’s transition to a Circular Economy to drive productivity and create jobs.

  • Value the Australian Circular Economy opportunity.

  • Investigate the productivity opportunities from the implementation of a circular economy with a focus on Next-Gen infrastructure and services.


Australians needs new utility and mobility models that embrace precinct-scale and multi-utility solutions


The rapid convergence of utility and mobility solutions enabled by Next-Gen data and Internet of Things (IoT) is future-proofing economies around the world, delivering liveability, sustainability and resilience, and importantly putting downward pressure on utility bills and infrastructure costs. 


Australians are missing out on the many benefits the digitisation of infrastructure and services are bringing people, families and businesses around the world – not just significantly reduced household bills but the ability to generate income. 

Large command and control centralised infrastructure approaches are more than 75 years old are not suited to the changing data-led economy. Transitioning to 21st century energy, mobility, waste and water businesses and services is now urgent and essential. 

Significant rethinking and modernising of government policy, legislation, regulation and market settings needs to occur. Precinct-scale and multi-utility and mobility providers require a seat at State planning tables, councils need to be able to procure new solutions, and competitive markets need to be established for new business models and solutions that better meet peoples' needs.


  • Infrastructure Australia (IA) considers opportunities to fully leverage the potential of Next-Gen utilities/ mobility and services through the development of the Australian Infrastructure Plan and in response to those opportunities and challenges identified in the Infrastructure Audit.

  • Commit to staged targets that support reduced emissions in energy, water, waste, and transport sectors to provide certainty to business and drive innovation.

  • Establish a Heat Island Mitigation Unit in Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop and implement a Cool Communities Strategy to work across government to help reduce temperatures in classrooms, buildings, and communities.

  • Leverage federal investment in infrastructure and through City Deals to incentivise the delivery of next-generation utilities and services.

  • Expand the scope of the Electric Vehicle Strategy to include integrated mobility, autonomous vehicles and energy demand modelling.


Open Cities envisages a future for Australia characterised by abundance not scarcity. 


This is possible by decentralising and democratising our utility and mobility infrastructure and services - giving people a direct financial stake.

Localised precinct-scale sustainable infrastructure solutions and services are growing from within communities, creating a new class of consumer – the prosumer: where customers are more than consumers but also producers. They have the ability to generate free energy from the sun at the home or office and sell the excess, recycle water and waste reaping the financial benefit, avoid the second largest household expense of a car by sharing their mobility, and access free shared data networks to plug in and play at no cost. 


Adoption of the following recommendations ensure the Australian people and businesses get a financial stake and benefit from utility and mobility infrastructure.


  • Appoint a Prosumer Commissioner to champion prosumer rights across Government

  • Develop and implement a prosumer framework for individuals and businesses.