Thursday, 21 January 2016 01:08

Govt makes $128.4 million available for data retention compliance

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Telecommunications service providers have until late February to apply for grants to assist them in meeting their data retention obligations under new laws which came into effect in October last year.

Earlier this month, the Federal 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, and 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 and the closing date for applications is 5.00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 23 February 2016.

The Attorney-General’s Department said today that assisting industry with the implementation of the data retention obligations remains a key
priority for the 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 click here.

In addition, 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 national public holidays.

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