Regional Connectivity Program

The Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) is a grants program funding the delivery of 'place-based' telecommunications infrastructure projects to improve digital connectivity across regional, rural and remote Australia.

Under Rounds 1, 2 and 3, the Government's commitment of $340 million (GST exclusive) has generated a total investment of around $489 million (GST exclusive) to deliver 297 telecommunications projects in regional, rural and remote Australia

Round 3

Round 3 of the RCP is providing $115.2 million (GST inclusive) in Commonwealth funding for the delivery of 74 place-based telecommunications infrastructure projects across Australia.

25 of these projects, totalling $41.2 million, will improve connectivity solutions in First Nations communities; supporting digital inclusion and contributing towards Target 17 of the Closing the Gap initiative with aims to ensure First Nations people have equitable levels of digital inclusion by 2026.

Funded projects will improve regional connectivity through the provision of mobile voice and data, fibre broadband, fixed wireless and community Wi-Fi solutions; supporting improved social and economic outcomes for regional and remote communities.

Round 2

Round 2 of the RCP is providing $137.2 million (GST inclusive) from 2022 to 2024 to improve telecommunications infrastructure in regional and remote Australia. This funding will leverage a total investment of $226 million for the delivery of projects across Australia.

This includes Australian Government funding of $69.6 million (GST inclusive) for projects through the Connecting Northern Australia initiative (CNA initiative) and funding of $67.6 million (GST inclusive) for projects in regions across other parts of Australia.

Round 1

The first round of the RCP is providing $115.8 million (GST inclusive) in Commonwealth funding for 129 place-based telecommunications infrastructure projects across Australia, providing regional communities with significant upgrades to voice and data services.

Funded projects include new and improved mobile voice and data coverage, fixed wireless and fibre broadband services, and improved microwave and fibre backhaul capacity to locations across regional, rural and remote Australia. Improved connectivity through the RCP will allow regional communities and businesses to access essential online services, utilise new business tools and connect with the digital economy.

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