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Consultation on draft grant opportunity guidelines for Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program

The Government is seeking community and industry feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines for Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

Why we want your input

We want to make sure that industry, the community, and state and territory governments have an opportunity to have their say on the draft grant opportunity guidelines before they are finalised and the call for applications is made.

How you can voice your opinion

You can provide feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines by making a submission by 5pm, 4 November 2020.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submissions will help us finalise the grant opportunity guidelines for Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

The Issue

We are seeking feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines (the draft Guidelines) for Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program (the Program). Further information is available on the Program's webpage.

The Australian Government has committed $380 million to the Program over six funding rounds. Round 5A is a supplementary round taking place between Rounds 5 and 6.

Round 5A will be used to test a range of different program designs to continue to expand and improve mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia, with a focus on:

  • incentivising solutions with multiple Mobile Network Operators;
  • giving priority to solutions that provide new and improved mobile coverage to high priority natural disaster prone areas or designated major regional and remote transport corridors; and
  • funding projects that trial new technologies and delivery models for new ways to improve mobile coverage and competition in less populated and higher-cost regional and remote areas.

The draft Guidelines outline the eligibility criteria for participants and activities under the round, the proposed assessment criteria, and the process for prospective applications. The draft Guidelines have been informed by the feedback received to the Round 5A discussion paper. Further information on this consultation can be found on the Round 5A Consultation on design options 'Have your say' page.

We welcome your feedback on the draft Guidelines to ensure they meet the Program's objectives. Submissions close at 5pm 4 November 2020.

 

Relevant Documentation

Mobile Black Spot Program Draft Round 5A Guidelines

Published 21st Oct 2020

Download PDF (734.11 KB) Download DOC (253.68 KB)

These Draft Guidelines contain information for Round 5A of the Program

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21 Oct 2020 09:00 AEDT
04 Nov 2020 17:00 AEDT
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This consultation is closed.