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Australian 5G Innovation Initiative – Round 1


The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative provides businesses with opportunities to trial and test 5G applications that demonstrate 5G’s capability and benefits across a range of industry sectors and locations. 

Open
Close date: 31 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Grants up to $2 million to demonstrate the value of 5G technology to businesses in Australia.

Who is this for?

Incorporated companies, trustees, not for profit organisations and Local Government or State/Territory Government agencies where an application involves a partnership with at least one other eligible entity.

Overview


The $20 million Australian 5G Innovation Initiative supports the Australian Government’s commitment to demonstrating the value of 5G to businesses in Australia.

For the Round 1 grant opportunity there is a total of $10 million available. 

The grant opportunity:

  • supports 5G trials that undertake rigorous, commercial, and replicable testing of 5G technology
  • offers businesses the opportunity to identify 5G applications that demonstrate 5G’s capability
  • supports various projects that demonstrate 5G’s capability and benefits across a range of industry sectors and locations.

More about the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative including benefits and spectrum access

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

You must be one of the following: 

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a Local Government or State/Territory Government agency or body, where an application involves a partnership with at least one other eligible entity.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

To be eligible your project must:

  • conduct trials that undertake rigorous, commercial, and replicable testing of technologies that make use of 5G 
  • identify solutions that demonstrate 5G’s capabilities.

Eligible activities must make use of at least one of the following core 5G capabilities:

  1. enhanced mobile broadband 
  2. ultra reliable, low latency communications 
  3. massive machine-to-machine communications. 

The definitions of the core capabilities are in the glossary at section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines. 

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for Australian 5G Innovation Initiative – Round 1

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement
  • understand the assessment criteria.

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement