Expediting Public-Safety Broadband a Key Priority for Australia in 2021
Friday, December 18, 2020 | Comments

Australia’s National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) identified expediting a public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) capability as a key priority for 2021.

The NFRC, comprised of the prime minister, premiers, chief ministers, treasurers and president of the Australian Local Government Association, reflected on the achievements of the Australian government in 2020 and determined priority issues for the upcoming year.

Under the emergency management category, the NFRC identified several key priorities for the National Emergency Management Ministers’ Meeting (NEMMM) to focus on in 2021. Those include:
• The Australian Warning System
• The Australian Fire Danger Rating System
• A review of the path to expeditiously deliver PSMB

Early this year, an inquiry on the 2019-2020 bushfire season in New South Wales, Australia, recommended that that Australian government allocate a larger band of spectrum for a PSMB to better help emergency organizations deal with major disasters such as bushfires.

In 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to develop a national PSMB capacity. A national project to develop a PSMB capability is waiting on the results of a proof of concept request for proposal (RFP).

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