The competitive selection process for mobile black spot funding under round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme is underway.

26 February 2016

ABC Lateline—Parliament House, Canberra

9:30pm 1 September 2016

E & OE

Under round 2, the Australian Government is investing an additional $60 million to improve mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia, adding to the $100 million it committed for round 1.

The Australian Government's Mobile Black Spot Database was reopened for public reporting of black spots in mid-2015. When it closed in mid-January 2016 more than 4,400 new locations had been added to the database, taking the number of reported locations to over 10,600.

The application process will see mobile network operators nominate sites where they propose to build a new or upgraded base station to serve one or more of the locations reported by the public.

For each proposed location, mobile network operators will be required to specify the amount of Commonwealth funding sought, their own proposed co-contribution, funding from State and local Governments and other third parties (if any) and data on the coverage benefits the proposed base station will provide.

Successful round 2 locations will be chosen after the application period closes on 14 June 2016.

The Australian Government expects to announce the successful round 2 locations in the second half of 2016.

The round 2 guidelines are available on the Mobile Black Spot Programme page.