The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative supports trials of new and exciting 5G technologies, driving productivity and growth across Australia in key industry sectors including agriculture, mining, retail, medical technology, construction and manufacturing.

About the Initiative

The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative is an open, competitive grants program to help small to large businesses in Australia test and develop 5G uses, applications, services and products, including Internet of Things applications, which will help build Australia's 5G ecosystem.

The Initiative supports rigorous, commercial, and replicable testing of 5G uses and, through case studies of successful trials, will help showcase the productivity boosting applications of the technology to encourage other business to better understand ways they can adopt 5G solutions.

The potential for new and improved products and services, and better efficiency in production, means that 5G-enabled advancements have the potential to generate a positive national economic effect well beyond any short-term commercial return. The Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research has estimated that 5G will add $1,300 to $2,000 in gross domestic product per person after the first decade of the rollout.

Round 1 of the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative

Applications for Round 1 of the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative open on 19 February 2021, and close on 31 March 2021.

The grant opportunity guidelines, and other information about how to apply, are available at

You can apply for a grant as an individual business or you may prefer to join together with another business or group to deliver a joint project.

To implement a 5G project you need to either use an existing commercial 5G network, or access 5G through a private network. Access to spectrum is an important element of implementing 5G projects that use a private 5G network. There are a range of ways to access spectrum, and you can find out more on the accessing spectrum page.

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