Mobile Network Hardening Program Round 2 – Draft Grant Opportunity Guidelines

The department is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines for Round 2 of the Mobile Network Hardening Program (the Program).

Why we want your input

We want to make sure that industry, community and government stakeholders are able to have their say on the Draft Grant Opportunity Guidelines (the Guidelines) before they are finalised, and a call for applications is made.

How you can voice your opinion

You can provide feedback on the Guidelines by uploading your submission or emailing us at by 5 pm AEST on Tuesday 30 May 2023.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submissions will help us finalise the Guidelines as well as ensure that the Program’s objectives are met. Round 2 of the Program is expected to open for applications in the coming months, following consideration of feedback received during the consultation process.

The Issue

Through the October 2022 Federal Budget, the Australian Government committed $100 million (GST exclusive) to improving communications resilience, including funding for further rounds of the Mobile Network Hardening Program, to reduce the risks of service outages and improve restoration times during natural disasters.

Round 2 of the Program has up to $15 million (GST exclusive) of funding available and its key objectives is to co-fund Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Mobile Network Infrastructure Providers (MNIPs), or Network Management Providers (NMPs), which are contracted by an MNO, to assist not only with managing and maintaining its network, but also to upgrade mobile network telecommunications infrastructure (Resilience Upgrade) to:

  • help prevent outages in the event of a Natural Disaster
  • strengthen the resilience of telecommunications facilities to allow them to operate for longer during bushfires and other Natural Disasters and
  • enable the rapid restoration of services following an outage.

The deadline to share any feedback regarding Draft Grant Opportunity Guidelines is by 5 pm AEST Tuesday 30 May 2023.

Relevant documentation

The Guidelines for Round 2 of the Mobile Network Hardening Program include relevant information concerning:

  • What funding is available?
  • Who is eligible to apply for funding?
  • How the funding will be allocated under the Program?
  • How to apply for funding?
  • How grant applications are considered and selected?
  • How Grantees are notified and receive grant payments?
  • How Grantees will be monitored and evaluated?
  • What are the responsibilities and expectations in relation to the opportunity?


18 Apr 2023 12:01 AEST
30 May 2023 17:00 AEST
This consultation is closed.


Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
Dr Peter Saul
Durras Community Association
Field Solutions Group
Greater Whitsunday Alliance
Local Government Association of Queensland
Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group
One Gippsland
Peri Urban Councils Victoria
Shire of Esperance