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Australian 5G Innovation Initiative

The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative supports trials of new and exciting 5G technologies, driving productivity and growth across Australia in key industry sectors including agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing.

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About the Initiative

The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative is an open, competitive grants program to help small to large businesses in Australia test and develop 5G uses, applications, services and products.

Through case studies and successful trials, the initiative will help showcase the productivity boosting applications of the technology to encourage other businesses to better understand ways they can adopt 5G. This includes Internet of Things applications, which will help build Australia's 5G ecosystem.

The initiative was announced as part of the 2020–21 Budget's JobMaker Digital Business Plan and assists in demonstrating the value of 5G to businesses in Australia. The program will run over three years from 2020–21 to 2022–23.

The potential for new and improved products and services and better efficiency in production, means that 5G-enabled advancements have the potential to generate a positive national economic effect well beyond any short-term commercial return.

The program objectives are:

  • Supporting emerging commercial use cases of 5G in key industry sectors.
  • Demonstrating the value of 5G to businesses in Australia.
  • Supporting private sector investment in 5G trials.

The intended program outcomes are:

  • Boosting productivity and creating jobs with 5G technology, responding to the needs of different industries.
  • Bringing forward the potential economic and productivity benefits of 5G to the Australian economy by demonstrating 5G applications.
  • Encouraging the more rapid deployment of 5G in Australia, in turn supporting increased investment in telecommunications infrastructure and jobs.

Round 1– outcomes

 

Applications for Round 1 of the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative opened on 19 February 2021, and closed on 31 March 2021.

The documentation for round 1, including guidance for applying and the grant opportunity guidelines, is available on the business.gov.au website.

Due to the overwhelming level of interest and high quality of applications, the full program funding was brought forward for this grant opportunity. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis, and projects will take place over a 12 month period. The Government is considering the future of the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative based on the results of this round.

The projects being funded under the Initiative will use a range of complementary technologies to take the benefits of 5G further, such as Internet of Things devices, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality.

The 19 projects will trial 5G across key sectors of the economy, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport and education and training. The trials will take place across Australia, in five different states and in a mix of urban and regional areas. The organisations involved in projects include businesses, educational institutions, and local governments.

Further details on the successful projects are available on the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative funding recipients page.

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