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Australian Digital Built Environment Principles

Built environment industry association Consult Australia has released the Australian Digital Built Environment Principles, which the organisation says mark an important step in the adoption of digital technologies to improve the design and operation of cities and infrastructure.

Megan Motto, Chief Executive Officer of Consult Australia, says that: “To enable the benefits of new technology and approaches such as BIM, GIS, and Smart Cities, government and industry have needed to create a supportive policy environment.”

Australian Digital Built Environment Principles

Australia will benefit from more liveable cities and better performing infrastructure through the use of open shareable asset information and enabling digital technologies to capture, plan, create, build, connect, and manage our built environments.

Principles to enable stakeholders to test the above hypothesis in their particular context:


Maximises value, skills, and competition whilst achieving improvements in productivity, environmental sustainability, and providing positive social benefit.


Maximises opportunities for adoption or involvement, and is inclusive irrespective of participant experience, size, resources, sector, or jurisdiction.


Supports innovation and sensible risk management, and can be achieved at a variety of scales with evidence-based solutions, available resources and delivery mechanisms.


Accessible to relevant stakeholders, and is transparent in its operation and limitations while ensuring security and privacy.


Consistent across industry and government, and measurable against recognised standards, regulations, and appropriate requirements.

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