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Lawful access to telecommunications

Data Retention Industry Grants Programme

​The Data Retention Industry Grants Programme assists eligible telecommunications service providers to meet their data retention obligations under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015.

The program consists of a single funding round which provides grants to carriers, carriage service providers and internet service providers. Applications were open from 7 January 2016 to 23 February 2016. The list of grant recipients are available in the following document:

The program is part of the Australian Government's $128.4 million commitment to assist industry with the upfront costs of implementing the mandatory data retention regime.

The Attorney-General's Department engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to apply the funding model outlined in the program guidelines. A copy of PwC's methodology report is available below. Appendices D to F in the report have been redacted to protect commercial-in-confidence information:

If you require an accessible version of the document above, please contact the office of the Communications Access Coordinator on 02 6141 2884.

The Data Retention Industry Grants Programme guidelines is also available:

The Department of Home Affairs is partnering with AusIndustry to finalise the delivery of funding under this program. Service providers with questions about their grants can visit the Data Retention Industry Grants Programme page on the business.gov.au website or contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46, Monday to Friday between 8am–8pm AEST with the exception of Australian national public holidays.