Closing the Gap - Regional Telecommunications Review - Indigenous Communications Program

Closing the Gap - Regional Telecommunications Review - Indigenous Communications Program

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Key Elements

The Indigenous Communications Program will deliver:

  • a fixed or mobile community phone to around 300 remote Indigenous communities that do not currently have access to a public phone;
  • ongoing monitoring and maintenance of these 300 new phones and 250 existing phones; and
  • in collaboration with state and territory governments, the installation of public internet access facilities and delivery of computer training in up to 120 remote Indigenous communities that have limited or no public access internet facilities.

Background

The objective of the Indigenous Communications Program is to improve essential telecommunications services, basic public internet access facilities and computer training for remote Indigenous communities. The program will build upon existing programs to ensure remote Indigenous communities receive greater access to enhanced and more flexible solutions to address their telecommunications needs.

Telephone services element - Remote Indigenous communities with a population of less than 50 that do not have access to a public phone may be eligible for a community phone. Eligible remote Indigenous communities will be nominated by relevant Australian Government, state or territory agencies, or appointed community liaison officers.

Internet access and training element - Public internet access and training services will be provided to eligible communities that are nominated by state and territory governments. The public internet access and training element will target remote Indigenous hub communities, typically with a population of 100 or more, that have limited or no public internet access facilities.

Implementation

The Indigenous Communications Program will commence on 1 July 2009.

Total Government Funding

The Australian Government has contributed an additional $3.7 million to the $30 million Indigenous Communications Program.

Content Updated: 31 May 2012