Australian 5G Innovation Initiative

What is the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative?

The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative is a grant opportunity which aims to provide businesses with opportunities to trial and test 5G applications that demonstrate 5G’s capability and benefits across a range of industry sectors and locations.



The $40 million Australian 5G Innovation Initiative supports the Australian Government’s commitment to demonstrating the value of 5G to businesses in Australia.

For the Round 2 grant opportunity there is a total of $20 million available. This round will direct up to $2 million to dedicated projects in the Western Parkland City.

The grant opportunity:

  • supports innovative and emerging 5G trials that undertake rigorous, commercial and replicable testing of 5G technology
  • offers businesses the opportunity to identify 5G applications that demonstrate 5G’s capability
  • supports various projects that demonstrate 5G’s capability and benefits across a range of industry sectors and locations.



Grants up to $2 million to demonstrate the value of 5G technology to businesses in Australia.


Eligible Projects

You must complete your project by 31 December 2024.

To be eligible your project must:

  • conduct trials that undertake rigorous, commercial and replicable testing of technologies that make use of 5G
  • identify solutions that demonstrate 5G’s capabilities
  • have at least $125,000 in eligible expenditure (we fund 80% of eligible expenditure, $125,000 in eligible expenditure is required in order to receive the minimum grant amount of $100,000).

Eligible activities must make use of at least one of the following core 5G capabilities:

  • enhanced mobile broadband
  • ultra-reliable, low latency communications
  • massive machine-to-machine communications.

The definitions of the core capabilities are in the glossary at section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • the purchase and installation of equipment directly used in the project 
  • set-up and administration costs connected with the project
  • limited research and development costs if 5G applications are pre-commercial and this expenditure can be directly linked to achieving commercial 5G applications during the life of the project
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure (where we request one) up to a maximum of 1% of total eligible project expenditure.


Eligible Applicants

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • are registered for the goods and services tax (GST)
  • can contribute 20% of project expenditure.

You must be one of the following:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a Local Government or State/Territory Government agency or body, where an application involves a partnership with at least one other eligible entity.



Applications close 11 April 2022.


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