Data Retention Industry Grants Programme

Tell me about the assistance

Grants to help telecommunications businesses comply with data retention laws. The funding round closed on 23 February 2016.

  • Status: Open (not accepting applications)
  • Applications open: Yet to be determined
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


If you're a telecommunications service provider, these grants can help you with the direct costs of complying with the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015.

What support or funding is available?

All eligible businesses will receive one grant. The total amount of funding available is $128.4 million.

An independent consultant will review all eligible applications to recommend a funding model. The funding model will decide the grant amount for each eligible business.

If you're successful, you may need to pay for an independent technical evaluation.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Eligible services:

  • carry communications or enable other services to carry communications
  • were on offer in Australia on the 13 October 2015
  • are operated by a carrier, carriage service provider or internet service provider.

Eligible projects:

  • must relate to building your business's technical ability to retain data for your eligible services
  • can include the supply of eligible services at different locations, as long as they're in Australia.

Eligible direct costs can include:

  • plant and equipment costs, such as hardware and software
  • building costs
  • workforce costs such as staff training and project management
  • other costs directly related to complying with data retention laws.

How do I apply?

We're not currently accepting applications. The last round closed on 23 February 2016.

How will I know if I'm successful?

We'll write to you about the outcome of your application.

How will payments be made?

You'll receive two payments:

  • 50% of the grant once you've signed a grant agreement
  • 50% when you've completed your reporting at the end of your project.

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