Regional Development VictoriaRDA Barwon South West

State Government of Victoria

Progress on the Digital Economy Theme

May 2013

RDA staff recently attended the 2013 Local Government NBN and Future Online Services Conference held in Sydney 8th & 9th May. This conference which attracted professionals from local governments and RDAs across Australia provided Australia's local governments and regional development authorities with the latest knowledge and advice on how to enable councils and their communities to benefit from the roll-out of the National Broadband Network and the availability of fast broadband services.

This event was previously a one-day event, but was expanded to a two-day conference in recognition of the need to provide greater depth of information for attendees.

The event provided pragmatic information and advice for councils and RDAs whose communities are yet to experience the NBN roll-out, as well as for those who are experiencing the roll-out and are now actively seeking to take advantage of high-speed broadband.

The opening session of the conference looked at the impacts & opportunities of NBN Rollout, experiences from other councils and how to best place councils when NBN is coming to town.

Other sessions presented at the conference included an International Case Study on Whanganui District Council (NZ) ‘Early Learnings in Leveraging Economic Benefit for the Roll Out of Next Generations Broadband in Rural & Regional Communities’.

Other Councils that presented valuable information at the conference included, Ipswich City Council, Town of Victoria Park, City of Prospect, Blacktwon City Council, Dubbo City Council, City of Tee Tree Gully and Coffs Harbour City Council, who all shared their experiences on the future of Online Services and how local government can harness fast broadband.

For more information or if you would like any presentations from the conference, please contact Lyn Moore, RDA Barwon South West Project Officer 03 5215 6062 or email


Last Updated: 15 April 2016