Have your say on the Regional Connectivity Program draft guidelines

Consultation on the second round of the Regional Connectivity Program, a program to improve digital connectivity in regional and remote Australia, has commenced.

The Regional Connectivity Program provides competitive grants allowing investment in projects that improve internet accessibility in regional, rural and remote communities.

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, has released the Round 2 draft guidelines for public consultation.

“Feedback on the draft guidelines is encouraged from the telecommunications industry, all levels of government and other interested stakeholders,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The guidelines have been updated to include the additional funding being provided to the program under the Connecting Northern Australia initiative.

“This will deliver much-needed opportunities for improving telecommunications infrastructure across Northern Australia, so it is important that communities, governments and the telecommunications providers’ views are heard before the final guidelines are released.

“We recognise that different communities have varying needs, so whether you are living up north or in rural Victoria or Western Australia – your feedback is crucial for us to deliver the best solutions for your region.”

The Liberal Nationals Government has invested $230.2 million in the program, committing $117.4 million under Round 1 to deliver 132 projects and an additional $112.8 million for Round 2, which includes $46.6 million of dedicated funding for Northern Australia.

Consultation is open for two weeks until 29 October 2021 at 5:00pm AEDT. To view the draft guidelines or to make a submission, please visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-technology-communications/internet/regional-connectivity-program

The Regional Connectivity Program is expected to open for applications in November 2021.

 

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