eligible for $1000 rebate?
The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme (the Scheme) is an Australian
Government initiative to help people living or working in the most
remote parts of Australia purchase satellite mobile phones.
The following points summarise its features.
The Scheme provides support to people who live or work in areas
beyond 3G or GSM terrestrial mobile coverage.
The Scheme applies to terrestrial, maritime and aviation users who
meet the eligibility criteria.
Eligible consumers include individuals, small businesses, community
groups, not-for-profit organisations, Indigenous Corporations,
volunteer emergency services and educational institutions.
There is a limit of one subsidy per person or a maximum of two
subsidies per organisation or business. Indigenous Corporations
that demonstrate a need to adequately service a number of remote
communities may apply for more than two subsidies.
The Scheme provides eligible consumers a one-off subsidy of up to
$1000 towards the purchase of a mobile satellite phone (conditions
The subsidy is for the purchase of a satellite mobile phone through
dealer. The subsidy is paid to dealers, who deduct it from the
retail price of the phone to consumers.
The application must be approved before the phone is purchased-the
subsidy will not be paid for a satellite mobile phone purchased
before the application for the subsidy is approved.
The subsidy is for the purchase of a satellite mobile phone and
does not cover any ongoing bills, charges or the ongoing service of
the service provider.
The Government enhanced the Scheme as part of the Connect
Australia package and extended the closing date from June
2009 to June 2011
An independent mid-term evaluation of the Satellite Phone Subsidy
Scheme was undertaken in 2005-06 to assess its appropriateness,
efficiency and effectiveness against its strategic and operational
objectives (a link to this document is on the right of this
or simply CLICK
HERE to download the Australian Governmnet satellite Phone
Subsidy Grant Form pdf.