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Government response to the Productivity Commission's report into public safety mobile broadband

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE      

Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister For Communications, Minister for the Arts
The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism

The Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, today announced the Australian Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s report on public safety mobile broadband (PSMB).                  

The Australian Government requested the Commission undertake a ‘first-principles’ analysis of the best way to deliver a mobile broadband capability for the state and federal public safety agencies by 2020. The Government’s response is informed by state and territory feedback  on the report’s recommendations.                          

The Government supports in principle the Commission’s findings and recommendations.                                    

The Commission’s study found that commercial mobile networks are the most efficient, effective and economical way of delivering a public safety mobile broadband capability.                                              

The Government recognises that mobile broadband offers significant potential to improve the efficiency of the emergency services and the safety of its officers.                                                        

We are committed to working with all states and territories towards achieving an interoperable PSMB capability, and will establish a committee of Commonwealth, State and Territory officials to consider fully scoped proposals and report to the Council of Australian Governments in 2017.                                                                  

The Australian Government thanks the Commission for its comprehensive report and the thorough and consultative approach used in undertaking the commissioned study.                                                                              

The Commission’s report is available at www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/public-safety-mobile-broadband/report