Australia’s Federal Government has allocated $A50 million to the Safer Streets Programme in the Federal Budget, promising London-style closed circuit TV cameras in 150 public areas of cities and towns across the nation.

The locations for the CCTV roll-out across Australia have been chosen, a significant boost from previous camera networks. The initiative was a Liberal campaign promise back in 2012, expanding upon the $A15 million Safer Suburbs Programme announced in 2007 with 22 projects funded and continued in 2010 with a further 40 grants. 

City of Wollongong public surveillance cameras

Surveillance will be installed around local retail and entertainment premises, as well as commercial precincts that have high rates of crime, and there will be additional lighting installed in poorly-lit areas. 

More specifically, the cameras will focus on high-traffic, high-crime areas like Sydney’s Kings Cross, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane and Broadmeadows in Melbourne, as well as trouble spots like Balmoral Reserve at Dernancourt in South Australia.

City of Footscray public surveillance cameras and wireless mesh