WA Regional Digital Connectivity Program

Page last updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2022 - 1:55pm

On 28 April 2022, the WA State Government announced new funding of $48.6 million for the WA Regional Digital Connectivity Program (WARDCP) for co-investment in regional digital connectivity infrastructure.

WARDCP targets co-investments from the Commonwealth and industry to further extend mobile coverage and expand high grade, flexible broadband services to businesses and communities in regional and remote locations throughout the State.

The WARDCP is focussed on:

  • Solutions to bridge the ‘digital divide’ in the regions, including new mobile base stations and fixed wireless infrastructure, upgrading the capacity and performance of existing telecommunication assets, trialling new technologies and improving connectivity for disadvantaged communities.
  • Driving regional business growth, providing the quality infrastructure required to operate in today’s fast paced, interconnected global marketplace, as well as connectivity for Internet of Things applications.
  • Access to emergency services, telehealth and other government and businesses services in regional WA, in addition to improving liveability in the regions with fast access to social and entertainment products.
  • Assisting WA’s primary producers and other regional enterprises to become more efficient and competitive, while creating new opportunities for business growth and innovation in the regions.

This initiative is targeting co-investment of more than $2 for every $1 invested by the State Government to ensure regional businesses and communities have access to quality mobile coverage and internet services.

The WARDCP builds on the State Government’s successful Regional Telecommunications Project and the Digital Farm Grants Program, which are delivering mobile and fixed wireless broadband coverage across 243,000 square kilometres of the State.

The WARDCP is currently co-funding Round 2 of the Regional Connectivity Program in partnership with the Commonwealth and industry.

Contact information

Terence Young
+61 (0)8 6552 2119

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Terence Young