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Public Safety Mobile Broadband

Commissioned study

This study has concluded. The research report was sent to government on 22 December 2015 and was released on 12 January 2016.

Commissioned study into the best way to secure a mobile broadband capability to meet the long term needs of Australia's public safety agencies (PSAs) - the police, fire, ambulance and emergency services.

  • Issues paper 20 Apr 2015
  • Draft report 23 Sep 2015
  • Research report 12 Jan 2016

The issues paper is available and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

The due date for initial submissions was 2 June 2015.

Read the issues paper

The draft report is available. You were invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by 28 October 2015.

Please note: This draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this study refer to the research report.

View the draft report

The final report was handed to the Australian Government on 22 December 2015 and released on 12 January 2016.

Read the research report

The Commission had been asked to:

  • undertake a 'first principles' analysis of the most efficient, effective and economical way of delivering mobile broadband capability to PSAs by 2020
  • consider the most cost-effective combination of private and public inputs, services and expertise to deliver the capability
  • consider aspects of this capability such as national interoperability across jurisdictions and agencies, coverage, integration of voice services, security, capacity, resilience, sustainability of arrangements into the future and compatibility with end user devices
  • consider domestic and international developments that might be applicable to Australia.

The Commission produced a draft and a final report, with each published. The final report was provided to the Australian Government within nine months.

In undertaking the study, the Commission consulted broadly, including with industry and non-government stakeholders, state and territory governments, and PSAs and relevant Commonwealth agencies.