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Peri-Urban Mobile Program

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.

Application process

On 14 December 2021 the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Hon Paul Fletcher MP announced the opening of the competitive assessment process for PUMP. Mobile network operators and mobile network infrastructure providers are invited to apply for funding to deliver new and improved handheld coverage in bushfire priority areas on the peri-urban fringe of major urban areas.

The applications for PUMP are due by 18 February 2022. The PUMP Grant Opportunity Guidelines and further information about the application process is available from GrantConnect.

You can view the eligible locations for funding under PUMP via the National Map.

The Program

On 5 May 2021, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announced the $16.4 million Peri-Urban Mobile Program (PUMP).

The peri-urban fringe is where the bush meets the edges of the suburbs, creating bushfire risks for those living and working in those areas.

Recent bushfires have shown the importance of reliable mobile services during extreme events. By improving mobile connectivity in these areas, communities will be able to receive vital information during emergencies, seek help if needed and stay in touch with loved ones.

PUMP will complement the highly successful 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.

Funded solutions will improve connectivity and safety in bushfire-prone areas, as well as help get businesses and people living in and visiting these areas online, lifting productivity, local digital capability and investment.

Consultation on the design of the program

On 29 July 2021, the Government released the draft program guidelines for a four-week public consultation. Feedback from this process has informed the development of the program guidelines. Further information on the consultation can be found at the PUMP Have your say page.

Peri-Urban Mobile Program
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

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