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 presented sold out training workshops around Australia.

By early 2016, IPWEA concluded that there is an overwhelming commercial, safety and environmental case for the wholesale renewal of street lighting infrastructure. While there was a growing push in both Australia and New Zealand to see this happen, there were a range of significant knowledge gaps, misaligned interests and out-of-date guidance for those who manage such deployments.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 is providing a 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 established the Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme in 2016.

IPWEA, with the full support of public and private sector partners, is delivering a programme of activity 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) comprises a comprehensive range of activities to address current shortcomings and obstructions inhibiting the uptake of LED street lighting and smart controls. 

"The SLSC Programme involves high-level government engagement, industry standard documentation and a comprehensive education programme."

The SLSC Programme involves 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.

IPWEA has secured the support of a comprehensive range of industry, government and association partners to help guide the work of the Programme and to provide industry review and feedback on key Programme outputs.

The 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