On Thursday, 7 January 2016 the Government announced the opening of a grants programme of up to $128.4 million to assist the telecommunications industry with the upfront costs of meeting their data retention obligations.
The Data Retention Industry Grants Programme consists of a single funding round open to all telecommunication service providers who have data retention obligations.
The grants programme is designed to make a financial contribution to service providers typical up front data retention costs, and includes support for smaller providers.
Applications opened on Thursday, 7 January 2016. The closing date for applications is 5.00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 23 February 2016.
Assisting industry with the implementation of the data retention obligations remains a key priority for the Australian Government.
Telecommunications companies with data retention obligations are required to retain limited communications data for two years.
Service providers with questions about the grants programme, including the programme guidelines and application form, should visit www.business.gov.au/DRIGP.
A help line is available to potential applicants who can call 13 28 46, Monday to Friday between 8am - 8pm (AEDT) with the exception of Australian National Public Holidays.