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Review of payphone rules

Have your say on the rules that govern payphone location, installation, removal, performance, consultation and complaint handling.

Why we want your input

We want to know if you think the rules are fit for purpose, should be remade with changes, or can end.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the consultation paper, upload or email your submission to usg@infrastructure.gov.au by 11.59 pm on Friday 18 February 2022.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your input will help us decide how the rules could operate in the coming years.

If you have questions, comments or feedback, please email usg@infrastructure.gov.au.

The Issue

The Universal Service Guarantee (USG) provides Australians with reasonable access to telephone, payphone and broadband services.

The overarching payphone obligation is in Part 2 of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999. Five 'legislative instruments' set out further detailed rules about payphone location, installation, removal, performance, consultation and complaint handling.

These instruments are set to end, or 'sunset', on 1 April 2022.

We're seeking your views on whether the rules in these instruments are needed in the future, and if so, what they should deal with and how.

The consultation is not about the future of payphones, which are part of the USG and required under law. Rather, the process is about the detailed rules governing their provision.

A consultation paper is available to help inform your submission.

Relevant documentation

Review of sunsetting payphone instruments—consultation paper

Five 'legislative instruments' set out further detailed rules about payphone location, installation, removal, performance, consultation and complaint handling. These instruments are set to end, or 'sunset', on 1 April 2022.

The regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), separately consulted on its record-keeping rules for payphone performance with a deadline for submissions of 31 January 2022.

Outcome

Following this consultation, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, made the Telecommunications (Payphones) Determination 2022 which commenced from 1 April 2022.

Other information on payphone regulatory requirements and the Universal Service Obligation for telephony is available on the Universal Service Obligation webpage. Information on the broader Universal Service Guarantee can be found on the Universal Service Guarantee for telecommunications webpage.

Participate

17 Dec 2021 09:00 AEDT
18 Feb 2022 23:59 AEDT
Closed

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Submissions can be uploaded or emailed to usg@infrastructure.gov.au by 11.59 pm on Friday 18 February 2022.

We have provided an extended consultation period to take into account the summer break.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Submissions

ACCAN
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ALGA
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NBNCo
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NRWC
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Optus
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RRRCC
Telstra