Regional Connectivity Program
The Regional Connectivity Program (the RCP) is providing $90.3 million (GST inclusive) in Commonwealth funding for 81 'place-based' telecommunications infrastructure projects across regional, rural and remote Australia.
On 16 April 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and the Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP announced that 81 communications infrastructure projects had been funded under the RCP.
These projects will provide people in regional Australia access to improved broadband services and data delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity.
Funded projects include new and improved mobile voice and data coverage, fixed wireless and fibre broadband services, and improved microwave and fibre backhaul capacity to locations across regional, rural and remote Australia. Improved connectivity through the RCP will allow regional communities and businesses to access essential online services, utilise new business tools and connect with the digital economy.
The Australian Government's commitment will leverage over $90 million in additional funding from state, territory and local governments, telecommunications providers, regional communities and regional businesses.
Further information on the RCP application process, including the final program guidelines, can be found on GrantConnect.
Additional information and resources
- 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review
- Government's response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review
- Regional Connectivity Program discussion paper
- Public Consultation on the Regional Connectivity Program Draft Grant Opportunity Guidelines