An independent committee is conducting a review of regional telecommunications issues and want to hear from you about your experiences.
Why we want your input?We want to ensure that regional Australians can access the social and economic benefits that 21st century communications can provide. Your input will help inform Government about current regional telecommunications issues, how Australians are using these services, and examine what is needed going forward.
How you can voice your opinion?You can have your say by reading the issues paper and providing a comment or submission below.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?The committee wants to hear your views on regional telecommunication issues, including how people are using their telecommunications services and the issues that most affect them.
Telecommunications services are vital to participate in today’s society – particularly for business, education, health, social and safety activities.
Every three years the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (the Committee) is established under Part 9B of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to conduct a review into telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.
The Minister for Regional Communications announced the 2018 Committee on 30 April 2018. The Committee is comprised of Mr Sean Edwards (Chair), Ms Wendy Duncan, Ms Johanna Plante, Ms Robbie Sefton, Ms Kylie Stretton and Mr Paul Weller.
As part of the review, the Committee will consider:
- how regional communities can maximise the economic benefits of digital technologies
- how regional Australians use their broadband service and how they could achieve further benefits from it
- the outcomes achieved through the Mobile Black Spot Program, and remaining gaps in mobile coverage in regional Australia.
The Committee has released an issues paper below which provides an outline of key interest areas you can respond to. There are questions to provide guidance and you can address all of the questions or just those that are relevant to you in your comment or submission. Your comments are also not limited to the questions.
The Committee will also meet face-to-face with communities, business and governments across regional, rural and remote Australia.
The Committee will report to the Minister for Regional Communications by 30 September 2018.
Visit the Committee’s website for more information about the review and the consultation process, and how to get involved in a public consultation session near you.
The 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review is now complete and the Committee delivered its report to government on 30 September 2018.
The Minister for Regional Services, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, tabled the report in Parliament on 4 December 2018. The Government is considering the report and will respond to the Committee's recommendations in early 2019.
The Government response to the report was released on 20 March 2019.