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Public Interest News Gathering Program
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The Australian Government has announced a total of $50 million (GST exclusive) in grants to support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia.
The objective of the Program is to support regional broadcasters and publishers to maintain their production and distribution of public interest journalism in regional Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic phase.
This Program implements the Government’s response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry by replacing the remaining Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.
Adding to the strong case for support already made by the ACCC is the increasing economic disruption resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The enhanced program will provide direct support for the continued provision of local and regional journalism, which has never been more important than in recent times when communities across Australia need access to trusted sources of news and information.
The Program will meet its objective by enabling regional television and radio broadcasters, and regional publishers, to continue to provide public interest journalism to regional and remote communities across Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible to apply for a grant under this Opportunity you must:
• be registered for the purposes of GST
• not be a foreign controlled Australian entity (as defined in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997)
• not currently be insolvent
• be a Regional Television Broadcaster or Regional Radio Broadcaster, or Regional Publisher
• demonstrate that you provide public interest journalism to local communities. This should include the production and distribution of local news.
• not be formally affiliated with a political party, union, financial institution, Non-Government Organisation or policy lobby group where that affiliation would influence, or might be seen to influence, the content produced by the applicant.
The above criteria are just a guide. Full details of the eligibility critirea can be found in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.
The expected commencement date for the granting activities is June 2020, and the grant activity is expected to continue for no more than 12 months from the day that the grant agreement is executed.
Applications must be lodged through SmartyGrants, which can be accessed through via the following link;
Applications will not be accepted through any other format.
For more information about this program please refer to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication's website -