The Peri-Urban Mobile Program (PUMP) is a grants program that provides funding to improve mobile connectivity in bushfire priority areas along the edges of Australia's major cities.
The program targets long standing mobile coverage and reception issues in the peri-urban fringes of Australia's major cities, including on the underserved fringes of large regional cities like Geelong, the Gold Coast, and Newcastle.
The peri-urban fringe is where the bush meets the edges of the suburbs, creating natural disaster risks for those living and working in those areas. These areas have been underserved because of their high cost, difficult terrain and lower population densities.
PUMP complements the Mobile Black Spot Program, providing grant funding to mobile network operators and infrastructure providers to deploy new mobile phone infrastructure to address mobile reception and coverage issues in peri-urban areas.
The Government is providing up to $20 million (GST exclusive) in Round 2 for solutions that improve mobile connectivity for people living and working in peri urban fringe areas of Australia major cities, including the following major regional cities: Ballarat, Bendigo, Cairns, Canberra/Queanbeyan, Central Coast, Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast/Tweed Heads, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville and Wollongong.
Round 2 is now open for applications from Mobile Network Operators and Mobile Network Infrastructure Providers. Following feedback from stakeholders, the application period has been extended by two weeks to allow additional time for applicants to engage with local councils and community groups on their initial project proposals. Applications must now be lodged by 5PM AEDT 1 April 2024.
Eligible applications will be assessed through a competitive, merit-based process administered by the department against the criteria in the Program Guidelines, and a value for money assessment. The department will provide funding recommendations to the Minister for Communications as the decision-maker. The Program Guidelines are available on the GrantConnect website.
The design of Round 2 was informed by a public consultation process on the draft Program Guidelines. Information about the process can be found on the PUMP Round 2 "Have your say" page.
The eligible locations for Round 2 are available on the National Map.
Round 2 Project Noticeboard
A Project Noticeboard for Round 2 has been established to help local councils and community groups to identify mobile coverage, reception and quality of service issues to assist Mobile Network Operators and Mobile Network Infrastructure providers to develop new infrastructure proposals for Round 2 of the PUMP. Local councils and community groups are invited to upload their project proposals to the Noticeboard.
The Noticeboard will be open until closing of applications for Round 2
Round 1 outcomes
PUMP is providing $28.2 million in funding to Optus, Telstra and TPG to deliver 66 4G and 5G mobile coverage solutions at 50 locations on the peri-urban fringe of Australia's major cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney).
These solutions will improve mobile connectivity for people living and working in areas of natural disaster risk, allowing communities to receive vital information during emergencies, seek help if needed and stay in touch with loved ones.
You can view the funded locations via the National Map. The rollout of PUMP Round 1 funded solutions has commenced.
A Round 3 of PUMP will follow Round 2. Further information on Round 3 will be provided as the Round is developed.