The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme commenced in 2002 and is scheduled to cease on 30 June 2013.
For a large part of Australia’s landmass, satellite phones are the only available form of mobile communications. However, satellite phones are generally more expensive than terrestrial mobile phones. The objective of the scheme is to improve the affordability of mobile communications for people living, working or traveling in areas without terrestrial mobile phone coverage by providing subsidies for the purchase of satellite phone handsets.
Individuals may apply for one subsidy. Small businesses, educational institutions and community groups may apply for two subsidies. Indigenous corporations, health and emergency service organisations may apply for more than two handset subsidies.
The subsidy varies according to where you live and the cost of the phone you buy.
1. Live or work outside of mobile coverage area
2. Live in mobile coverage area, but work or travel outside mobile coverage area more than 180 days over a two-year period