Federal funding totalling $5 million has been announced to help 14 local governments take advantage of the National Broadband Network.


The Digital Local Government program is providing funding of up to $375,000 to each local government representing 40 communities among the first to be connected to the NBN.


Councils to receive the funding include Kiama, Moreland, Onkaparinga, ACT Government, Armidale Dumaresq, Blacktown, Circular Head, City of Greater Geraldton,  City of Tea Tree Gully, Coffs Harbour, Dorset, George Town, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Ipswich, Sorrell, Toowoomba and Victoria Park.


The funding will be used to deliver a range of NBN-enabled services, including high-definition videoconferencing to enable greater access to council staff and improved efficiencies in council operations.


A further funding round for the Digital Local Government Program will be announced later this year. For more details on the Digital Local Government program visit www.dbcde.gov.au/digitallocalgov