The Digital Sunshine Coast project aims to connect high value industries and digital champions with each other as well as local business and government leaders to create further digital awareness, adoption, expertise, investment and culture on the Sunshine Coast.

Draft Digital Action Plan

The Draft Digital Action Plan was launched on 29 August 2014 for community consultation to further the digital capacity, infrastructure and culture on the Sunshine Coast.

The Draft Plan has been set up to drive digital industry sector development and support all sectors of the regional economy that will be impacted by digital innovation.

Its purpose is to develop a Digital Participation and Productivity Plan for the Sunshine Coast that supports the objectives of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy. It is also designed to align with and leverage State and Federal Digital initiatives and programs, such as the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy and Action Plan.

To get involved and have your say, visit

The Draft Digital Action Plan is collaborative project driven by Sunshine Coast Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast, in partnership with a range of organisations and individuals. It is already being implemented by members of the broad coalition with some early and excellent results, including:

  • A Digital Sunshine Coast website highlighting free Wi-Fi locations, broadband information, news, stories about digital champions and upcoming events
  • Free CoderDojo workshops for children aged 7-17 to learn coding skills.

Australian Smart Communities Association

ASCA (formerly Broadband Today Alliance) is a collaborative alliance of local government, RDA and Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) built on the premise of sharing information and advocating for the resources to assist the localised transition to a digital economy. More than 150 local government authorities are represented, covering more than 8 million Australians across all States and Territories. For more information visit the Australian Smart Communities Association website.

Get up to Speed

This 12-week program is designed to help business get up to speed with new technologies such as social media, search engine optimisation (SEO), pay per click advertising, Cloud computing, ecommerce, website design and development, and email marketing.

Find out more about the Get up to Speed program.

More than 650 people from around Australia and New Zealand have already participated in this program, which is being  delivered by Sunshine Coast-based company The Creative Collective.

Digital disruption

A report by Deloitte called Digital Disruption – Big Bank, Short Fuse provides an excellent overview of the changes facing businesses. See the video below for an overview.

Collaborative consumption

An idea that in integral to the concept of transitioning to a high tech – low carbon region is the concept of Collaborative Consumption.  This concept demonstrates the idea that moving towards a high tech future will allow us to reduce waste and therefore carbon pollution.

Read more about Collaborative Consumption from TEDGlobal June 2012.