What is the Government doing to strengthen telecommunications resilience?

The Government has committed $37.1 million through the Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) package to improve the resilience of Australia's communications networks in bushfire and disaster prone areas.

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, 7 April 2021.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submissions will help us finalise the grant opportunity guidelines for Stage 2 of the Mobile Network Hardening Program.

The Issue

We are seeking feedback on the draft grant opportunity guidelines (the draft Guidelines) for Stage 2 of the Mobile Network Hardening Program (the Program). Further information is available on the Program's webpage.

Stage 2 is a competitive grants program that will support network hardening measures at high priority locations to prevent telecommunications outages during disaster events. For example, this may include upgrading back-up power capacity to a minimum of 12 hours, provision of redundant backhaul, flood elevation or hardening of a site or facility.

The draft Guidelines outline the eligibility criteria for participants and activities under Stage 2, 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 7 April 2021.


Relevant Documentation

Mobile Network Hardening Program—Draft Stage 2 Guidelines

Published 19th Mar 2021

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01 Apr 2021 09:00 AEDT
30 Jun 2021 18:00 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.