What is the STAND Temporary Telecommunications Infrastructure Deployment Program?

The Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) – Temporary Telecommunications Infrastructure Deployment Program is a grant opportunity to deliver enhancements and improved resilience to telecommunications facilities in regional and remote communities affected by natural disasters.

 

Background

The STAND Temporary Telecommunications Infrastructure Deployment Program is part of the Telecommunications Emergency Resilience Package announced as part of the Australian government’s $650 million National Bushfire Recovery Package.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • increase and improve telecommunications resilience in communities recently affected by severe bushfires or at risk of natural disasters in the future
  • enhance the capability to restore services to areas affected by bushfires or natural disasters by quickly deploying temporary facilities to address gaps caused by outages

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • improve the resilience of regional and remote mobile phone base stations
  • fund additional portable communications facilities to allow quicker service restoration
  • deliver improved communications to communities about their telecommunications options in disasters
  • enhance telecommunications for rural fire authorities and evacuation centres.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $37.1 million over two years for the program. For this grant opportunity $7.7 million is available over two years from 2020-21 to 2021-22.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at purchasing portable telecommunications facilities, which support connectivity and address outages caused by bushfires or natural disasters including:
    • cells on wheels
    • satellite-supported cells on wheels
    • mobile exchanges on wheels
    • NBN Road Muster trucks
    • portable satellite kits

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an entity, incorporated in Australia, that operates a mobile and/or fixed telephony network; and
  • hold a carrier licence

The program can only accept applications:

  • where you can provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • where you can provide evidence of how you will provide your share of project costs, such as an accountant declaration that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs, including any ineligible expenditure

 

Timing

Applications close 14 September 2020.

 

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