The Regional Telecommunications Review (the Review) is an opportunity for people living and working in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia to share their views and experiences using telecommunications services in their area.
Every three years the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (the Committee) is appointed to conduct the review. Committee reports are important in setting the regional communications policy agenda in the following years.
Consultation Period: July 06, 2021 to September 30, 2021, closing at 5pm AEST
You are invited to share your views. Go to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to find out more, read the issues paper and Have Your Say.
REGIONAL AND REMOTE FESTIVALS FUND
Supporting arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia. Up to $50,000 or up to 80% of the activity costs is available for eligible applicants including groups, organisations, individuals, local government and Aboriginal communities. Closing 9 Sept. Learn more and apply here.
WA WASTE AUTHORITY - WASTESORTED GRANTS
Supporting Recycling Infrastructure and Community Education. Grants of up to $50,000 and $250,000 to support eligible applicants including businesses, community groups, local government, not for profit, and research and education organisations in the delivery of implementation-ready projects. Closing 13 Sept. Learn more and apply here.
LOCAL CAPABILITY FUND - ABORIGINAL BUSINESS ROUND
Providing funding for Aboriginal Businesses to help them gain opportunities as suppliers of products, services and works to public and private sector markets. Funding can be used for consulting services, upgrading plant and equipment, improvements to business infrastructure and systems, and staff training and upskilling. Closing 20 Sept. Learn more and apply here.
ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION - COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
Supporting the development and implementation of sustainable projects and one-off community activities related to road safety. Eligible applicants include local government, health organisations, schools, RoadWise Committees and service clubs. Round closing 24 Sept. Learn more and apply here.
GRANTS FOR WOMEN PROGRAM (WA)
Funding for initiatives based in Western Australia that address the unique issues faced by women. Applications must align to at least one of the two priority areas, (1) safety and justice or (2) economic independence. Closing 12 Oct. Learn more and apply here.
For the latest funding and grants for business and community - go to the RDA WA Funding and Grants Hub at www.rdawa.grantguru.com.au
Expressions of Interest - Open for Applications
The Australian Government is inviting Expression of Interest applications via an open competitive process for grants under the Future Drought Fund - Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program from 29 July 2021 to 8 September 2021.
3 grant types are available in this EOI and grant opportunity:
ABC Heywire - A Platform for the Voices of Regional Youth
The ABC's Heywire program puts young Australians at the centre of the conversations that shape their communities. Heywire is open to people aged 16-22 years, living in regional or rural Australia and winners will have their stories featured on the ABC.
Entries close on Thursday 16 September 2021. Got to ABC Heywire for more information.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is a proud funding partner of the ABC Heywire Program.
More than $1.7 million across 7 Durack regional airports will benefit from grants under Round 2 of the Morrison Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Federal Member for Durack, the Hon. Melissa Price said the grants are vital to assist local regional communities maintain infrastructure and safety standards.
Ms Price said, “These grants will fund projects like upgrading firefighting operations, expansion of helipads, runway fencing and the installation of solar lights, that will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services across Durack.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.
The Hon Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories communicated her appreciation for Regional Development Australia in the House of Representatives on the 4th August.
"When COVID first hit, 53 different RDAs linked in with me three times a week to feed direct information about what was happening right around this great nation and what was happening on the ground. Those 53 volunteer organisations contributed three times a week in the early stages of COVID—and still are now, and that information goes through to each relative portfolio area—and also provided relevant advice to the national cabinet when it was relevant in that space".
A full excerpt can be accessed on Hansard (pg 64).
The $1.29 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.
Grant funding is available through two funding streams.
Round Six Grant Opportunity Guidelines will be made available on the Business Grants Hub website when finalised.
You can also register for updates from the RDA Funding & Grants Hub.
Durack is set to benefit from new and improved mobile coverage thanks to Round 5A of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Durack, the Honourable Melissa Price welcomed the news that 8 more Mobile Black Spots are set to be addressed under this round of the Program.
“From the Kimberley to the Mid- West there will be improved mobile coverage for the local community, allowing visitors and locals alike to stay connected, access education services, conduct business and remain in contact with family and friends,” Ms Price said.
“I look forward to working with the successful recipients so that building the mobile base station can get underway and the community can benefit from improved coverage. These base stations will improve coverage in disaster prone areas, along major transport corridors and trial new approaches to delivering coverage,” she said.
The Morrison Government has committed $20.5 million to fund 67 new mobile base stations across Australia. This announcement brings the total number of base stations being funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program to over 1,270 base stations, representing a total investment of over $875 million in total investment
The full list of base stations funded under Round 5A of the MBSP is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.
Australian Government 2021-22 Budget
The 2021-22 Budget invests around $30 million to help the agricultural sector secure, skill and build it's workforce.
$25.2 million provided over 4 years for AgATTRACT which aims to shift perceptions of agriculture work and showcase the diverse career opportunities on offer.
The Australian Government is committed to backing Australian farmers, fishers and foresters in their Ag2030 goal – driving job creation and economic growth.
Vision: Through Ag2030, the Australian Government is setting the foundations for the agriculture sector to grow agriculture to $100 billion by 2030, ensuring Australian agricultural producers receive maximum returns for their hard work and are supported by vibrant rural and regional communities.
The Delivering Ag2030 plan will be updated annually to reflect new initiatives. Read the current and previous plans here: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag2030
Many growers and farmers urgently need workers to meet their harvest demand so they can continue to provide Australians with fresh Australian-grown produce.
The Australian Government’s Harvest Trail Services (HTS) is designed to assist, it's fully funded by government and there is no cost to use the service.
Employers: Harvest Trail Services providers can help employers, farmers and growers advertise their harvest jobs, find workers and link people looking for work with harvest employment opportunities through a Harvest Trail Services provider or advertise at no cost directly on the Harvest Trail Services Jobs Board.
Job seekers: can find employers, farmers and growers who are looking to hire on the Harvest Trail Services Jobs Board
Importantly, from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, job seekers may be eligible for AgMove - Relocation Assistance to help with the costs of travel and accommodation when they relocate to take up short-term seasonal harvest or agricultural work.
Visit the Harvest Trail website for more information.