Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme

The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme

The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to help people living or working outside of terrestrial mobile phone coverage to purchase satellite mobile phones.

If you are approved for a subsidy, you will be able to buy a satellite mobile phone from a registered dealer for the retail price less the amount of the subsidy.

How to apply

Do not buy your satellite mobile phone yet. You must wait until your application is approved and you have received the appropriate paperwork from the department.

  1. 1  Read the guidelines and conditions

    You must read pages 1 to 3 of the form to work out whether you may be eligible to apply for a subsidy. You should also read the Subsidy Agreement on pages 8 and 9 of the form.

  2. 2  Identify a dealer

    Shop around and find the phone, service provider and dealer that best suits your needs but do not buy the phone yet.

    Determine whether the dealer is registered for the scheme by asking the dealer or by contacting the scheme administrator. A subsidy will only be provided to an eligible person or organisation for a phone purchased from a registered dealer.

    For information about phones and services, you can contact participating satellite mobile phone dealers.

  3. 3   Apply for the subsidy

    Complete the attached Application for Subsidy Form (which includes the Subsidy Agreement). The subsidy may only be paid if you correctly complete and sign the form, agreeing to abide by the specified terms and conditions. Except where signatures are required, you can fill in each section of the form using your computer keyboard. Alternatively, you may complete the whole form by hand.

    Please answer ALL questions and sign and date where asked. A business MUST use its entity name and NOT its trading name.

  4. 4   Submit your application

    Submit completed applications by posting to:

    The Administrator
    Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme
    Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
    GPO Box 2154
    Canberra ACT 2601

    You may scan, fax or email your application, but you must also post the original.


Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1800 674 058 (free call from fixed phones)
Fax: 02 6271 1078


Mobile coverage maps

To determine if you are outside terrestrial mobile phone coverage, maps provided by carriers provide more detailed information on 3G and GSM mobile phone services in Australia.




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