Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) - Temporary Telecommunications Infrastructure Deployment

The STAND – Temporary Telecommunications Infrastructure Deployment program provides entities, incorporated in Australia and who hold a carrier licence, with up to $7.7 million to deliver enhancements and improved resilience to telecommunications facilities in regional and remote communities affected by natural disasters.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants of up to $7.7 million to improve telecommunications facilities.

Who is this for?

To apply you must be an entity, incorporated in Australia, that operates a mobile and/or fixed telephony network and you must hold a carrier licence. 


The grant opportunity was announced as part of the Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters program. Up to $7.7 million is available for this grant opportunity.

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 maximum grant amount is $7.7 million.

You must complete your project by 30 April 2022.

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

We may also approve other activities.


What are the eligibility criteria?

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

We 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

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.


How do you apply?

The STAND - Temporary Infrastructure Deployment grant opportunity is currently closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage. We consider your application on its merits, based on:

  • how well it meets the criteria
  • how it compares to other applications
  • whether it provides value with relevant money

When assessing whether the application represents value with relevant money, we'll have regard to:

  • the overall objectives of the grant opportunity
  • the evidence provided to demonstrate how your project contributes to meeting those objectives
  • the relative value of the grant sought

We then refer your application to the departmental committee comprised of employees from the DITRDC. The committee may also seek additional advice from independent technical experts.

The committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to fund.

The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts (the Minister) decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the committee and the availability of grant funds.

The Minister’s decision is final in all matters, including:

  • the grant approval
  • the grant funding to be awarded
  • any conditions attached to the offer of grant funding

You must address all assessment criteria in your application. We'll assess your application based on the weighting given to each criterion.

We will only consider funding applications that score at least 50% against each assessment criterion, as these represent best value for money.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Project alignment with program objectives (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (50 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required reports.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Need help?

Let us answer your question via phone, email or live chat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.53 MB docx · 0.23 MB

Sample application form

pdf · 0.39 MB docx · 0.21 MB

Sample Board or CEO letter

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Accountant declaration

docx · 0.04 MB

Standard grant agreement

pdf · 0.56 MB docx · 0.16 MB

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