Applications invited for Regional Communications Program funding

28 Jul 2020

Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) has announced that it is now accepting applications for the AUD53 million (USD38 million) ‘Regional Connectivity Program’ (‘RCP’), which will look to provide targeted investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects ‘to maximise economic and social opportunities in regional, rural, and remote communities across the country’. Giving examples of projects that could be funded under the RCP, the DITRC said these included, but were not limited to: upgrades to mobile infrastructure to improve access to businesses, telehealth, remote education and retail internet and voice services; and the development of enterprise-grade broadband networks for local agricultural, manufacturing and tourism businesses to boost their online commerce. Applications for RCP funding are being accepted until the 20 October 2020 deadline.