The Australian Government recognises that the development of innovative telecommunications solutions are important to help people stay connected during natural disasters.
The Telecommunications Disaster Resilience Innovation (TDRI) program will promote the development of new technologies to provide solutions for telecommunications disaster resilience, particularly in our regional, remote and First Nations communities.
The $50 million commitment was announced and funded under the Australian Government's Better Connectivity Plan for Regional and Rural Australia. Funded projects will improve the preparedness of Australia's telecommunications networks against increasing climate risks, including against an anticipated increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters in Australia.
There are two concurrent rounds under the TDRI Program that are now open for applications:
- The $30 million Power Resilience Round which will fund solutions that strengthen the resilience of telecommunications against the impacts of power outages—the leading cause of telecommunications outages during natural disasters.
- The $20 million Innovation Round which will fund innovative telecommunications technologies to improve the resiliency, redundancy and availability of telecommunications during and/or following a natural disaster.
Applications for the TDRI program closed on 17 November 2023. The outcomes are expected to be announced by early 2024.
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