Joint Media Statement - Data Retention Grants Program open to industry
Deputy Prime Minister
7 January 2016
THE Australian Government has announced the opening of a
grants program to provide 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 Program consists of a
single funding round open to telecommunications service providers who have data
The program delivers on the Government’s commitment to make
a financial contribution to service providers’ up front data retention costs,
and includes support for smaller providers. The design of the program has
benefited from consultation with the telecommunications industry, particularly
through the Implementation Working Group.
Applications open today and close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday
23 February 2016.
Assisting industry with the implementation of the data
retention obligations remains a key priority for the Government.
Metadata is used in nearly every counter-terrorism,
counter-espionage and organised and major crime investigation. It is also
essential for the investigation of child abuse and child pornography offences,
which are frequently carried out online.
Telecommunications companies with data retention obligations
are required to retain limited communications data for two years.
Service providers with questions about the grants
program, including the program guidelines, eligibility advice and the
application form can visit www.business.gov.au/DRIGP
or contact the help line for potential applicants on 13 28 46, Monday to Friday
between 8am - 8pm (AEDT) with the exception of Australian National Public
office: Gabrielle Young, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0491
or 0448 448 487