About SLSC


IPWEA has been closely monitoring developments with street lighting since 2012 and, in 2014, published its Practice Note 11: Towards More Sustainable Street Lighting. IPWEA subsequently staged well-attended training workshops around Australia.

Street Lighting & Smart Controls Programme

IPWEA concluded that there is now an overwhelming commercial, safety and environmental case for the wholesale renewal of street lighting infrastructure. While there is a growing push in both Australia and New Zealand to see this happen, there are a range of significant knowledge gaps, misaligned interests and out-of-date guidance for those who will manage such deployments.

At the same time as LED street lighting and control systems have matured, so too has a range of other digital outdoor infrastructure assets falling under the umbrella of the Smart City. Street lighting increasingly looks like it may provide the enabling backbone for the Smart City and hence the interrelationship between these two aspects of public infrastructure must be considered together.

Recognising the fundamental digital transformation now underway in street lighting and other outdoor infrastructure IPWEA proposed the Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme.

After receiving very positive feedback to the proposal from other stakeholders, IPWEA is now working with public and private sector partners to deliver a two-year programme of activity in 2016-18 to:

  • inform and educate public works professionals, utility providers and private sector partners on the application and benefits of Street Lighting and Smart Controls technology; and

  • inform government at all levels about the application and benefits of Street Lighting and Smart Controls technology and, about where reform is needed to reflect Government policies to improve liveability of our cities and to improve productivity through innovation.

Programme Overview

The Street Lighting and Smart Controls Programme (SLSC) will comprise a comprehensive range of activities designed to address current shortcomings and obstructions that are inhibiting the uptake of LED street lighting and smart controls. The other menu items under this SLSC Programme tab provide brief details on each of the main activities.

"The two-year programme will involve high-level government engagement, industry standard documentation and a comprehensive education programme."

The two-year SLSC Programme will involve high-level government and industry engagement, the development of robust industry standard documentation, a comprehensive information and education programme as well as engagement with standards bodies and facilitation of applied research programmes.

IPWEA has created an advisory SLSC Council to help guide the work of the Programme and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to provide industry review and feedback on key Programme outputs.

Click the SLSC Partners icon below to view current membership of both groups.

The SLSC Council has adopted the following Mission for the SLSC Programme:

To accelerate the efficient adoption of modern street lighting and smart controls technologies and best practices throughout Australia and New Zealand, in support of the government's Energy Productivity and Smart Cities agenda.

The principal Programme Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is the proportion of street lights in Australia and New Zealand (measured separately) with LED luminaires installed and either fitted with smart controls or smart-controls enabled.

The first Supplementary Programme KPI is completion of all SLSC projects to the required standard on time and within budget.

The second Supplementary Programme KPI is a high degree of uptake and adoption of SLSC products by the street lighting industry - as indicated by a suite of metrics yet to be adopted (e.g. hits on SLSC website, numbers at SLSC webinars/ seminars; downloads of model luminaire specification).