Review into the Optus Outage of 8 November

On Wednesday 8 November 2023, Optus customers (and customers of Optus network resellers) were impacted by a national whole-of-network outage. The outage interrupted critical services for consumers and businesses. It also impacted essential government, public health and safety infrastructure.

On 9 November 2023 the Australian Government announced that it would undertake a post-incident review into the outage and appointed Mr Richard Bean, former Deputy Chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to lead the review.

Mr Bean submitted the review’s final report on 21 March 2024, making 18 recommendations aimed at addressing structural issues within the broader telecommunications ecosystem as specified in the review’s terms of reference.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Implementation of new rules mandating how, what and when telecommunications carriers communicate with their customers during and after an outage
  • The introduction of a comprehensive testing regime across telecommunications networks and telecommunications devices to ensure callers can reach Triple Zero
  • The establishment of a Triple Zero custodian which will provide end-to-end oversight of the Triple Zero service
  • A review of all legislation and regulation relating to the delivery of Triple Zero

The Government has accepted all 18 recommendations and will announce implementation of these recommendations as they progress.

The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is also inquiring into, and reporting on, the matter. Information on the Inquiry can be found at Optus Network Outage – Parliament of Australia (

Separately, the telecommunications industry regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), is independently investigating Optus’ compliance with the rules regarding Triple Zero emergency calls.

Advice for consumers

I have been impacted by the outage, where do I go for assistance?

  • Consumers who are interested in seeking compensation due to the network outage, are encouraged to raise the matter with their service provider in the first instance.
  • This may be Optus or an Optus network reseller.

What if I am not happy with my provider’s response?

  • If you have raised your matter with your service provider but are dissatisfied with its response, you can then contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) for assistance.
  • The TIO is a free and independent dispute resolution service for customers who have a complaint about their telco.
  • The TIO aims to settle disputes in a fair, objective and non-bureaucratic way, having regard not only to the law and to good industry practice, but also to what it considers is fair and reasonable.
  • The TIO can be contacted via its website at or by telephone on 1800 062 058.

What are my rights?

Can I get compensation?