Albanese Government opens funding applications to progress mobile coverage election commitments

Applications are now open for the Albanese Government’s targeted initiative to improve mobile coverage in identified locations across the country.
The $40 million Improving Mobile Coverage Round (IMCR) delivers on election commitments to fund Mobile Network Operators and Infrastructure Providers to deploy new mobile infrastructure at 54 target locations across Australia.
In addition to benefiting regional communities, this dedicated round is also targeting mobile coverage issues along a number of major regional highways to ensure motorists have access to essential mobile services in the event of an emergency.
The IMCR was funded in the October 2022-23 Federal Budget.  
The Albanese Government has made significant commitments to improve regional coverage through its $656 million Better Connectivity Plan for Regional and Rural Australia. The Plan commits $400 million to expanding mobile coverage and improving communications resilience, including investment to fund future rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, and $200 million to fund place-based communications solutions through additional rounds of the Regional Connectivity Program. Consultation is currently open on both of these Programs.
Mobile Network Operators and Infrastructure Providers have until 13 April 2023 to submit an application for IMCR grant funding.
Further information on the IMCR is available on GrantsConnect at

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:
“The Albanese Government’s October Budget included one of the most significant investments in regional connectivity since the creation of the National Broadband Network over a decade ago.
“Our Government recognises that all Australians deserve world-class mobile coverage, no matter where they live, work or travel.
“This dedicated funding provides an opportunity for Mobile Network Operators and Infrastructure Providers to improve coverage for local communities, motorists and tourists in identified areas with unreliable service.
“The Government will continue to invest strongly in expanding mobile coverage".