Telecommunications Disaster Resilience Innovation program—draft grant opportunity guidelines

The department is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines for Round 1 and 2 of the Telecommunications Disaster Resilience Innovation program.

Why we want your input

We want to make sure that the telecommunications industry, research organisations and state and local government stakeholders are able to have their say on this program’s draft grant opportunity guidelines before they are finalised and a call for applications is made.

How you can voice your opinion

You can provide feedback on the draft guidelines by either uploading your submission or emailing us at by 5pm AEST on Friday 9 June 2023.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submissions will help us finalise the guidelines we’ve drafted as well as ensure that this program's objectives are met.

The Issue

We are seeking feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines (the draft Guidelines) for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Telecommunications Disaster Resilience program (the Program).

More information is available on the Telecommunications Disaster Resilience Innovation Program's webpage.

The Australian Government has committed $50 million to the Program over two funding rounds.

Round 1 will focus on funding innovative, power-based solutions to strengthen the resilience of telecommunications against the impacts of power outages, which is regarded as one of the most common occurrences during natural disasters.

Round 2 will focus on other innovative telecommunications technologies that will not only improve the resilience of telecommunications, but also the redundancy and availability of service during and following a natural disaster.

The draft Guidelines indicate the eligibility criteria for participants and activities under each of the Rounds; the proposed assessment criteria; and the process for prospective applications.

We welcome your feedback on the draft Guidelines to ensure they meet the Program's objectives.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 9 June 2023.

Relevant documentation


11 May 2023 00:00 AEST
09 Jun 2023 17:00 AEST

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of distributing updates about the Telecommunications Disaster Resilience Innovation (TDRI) program to interested stakeholders, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform you of updates on the TDRI program and will store this information securely. The Department may also use your information to provide you with updates on other related Commonwealth programs and initiatives.

The department will not disclose information to third parties outside the Commonwealth. If you do not provide the information requested we will not be able to provide you with updates on the TDRI program.

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