Tips for phone and internet consumers experiencing family violence
Get the information you need to feel safe explaining your complaint
Ask your provider if it has specialised staff or contact details for family violence complaints
Your provider may have staff who are specially trained to help customers experiencing family violence with phone or internet problems. Check your provider’s website or ask your provider if it has specialised staff or a dedicated phone number, email address, or online form.
Tell your provider if you think your safety is at risk
If your safety is at immediate risk, call 000 for help. If you are worried about being disconnected or have restricted connectivity, let your provider know about your safety concerns and ask about options to keep your services connected.
You may be able to keep your mobile number even if the service is not in your name
If you want to keep a mobile number that is in someone else’s name, your provider may be able to help transfer the number into your name. Some providers might be able to transfer a number without the account holder’s consent, but some providers will need the account holder’s agreement.
Ask your provider for additional account security
If you believe someone may try to use your personal information, like your address or date of birth, to access your account, ask your provider if you can use a PIN or password instead. If you can use a PIN or password, do not share these details with anybody.
Make sure your account details are up to date
Tell your provider if any of your contact details have changed. Let your provider know if you want to change the people authorised to contact your provider on your behalf.
Tell your provider you are in financial hardship
If your overdue charges are building up and you can’t afford to pay them, tell your provider you are in financial hardship and ask what options they can offer you. If you can only afford to pay small amounts, ask your provider for a flexible payment arrangement plan.
Think about what parts of your service you really need
If you can’t afford your regular bills, contact your provider about ways to reduce your costs and tell your provider what service aspects you need most. You could switch from a post-paid plan to a pre-paid plan. If your main support network is overseas, ask your provider if it offers a plan that includes some calls to that country.
Download the systemic investigation report: Meeting the needs of consumers impacted by family violence
Download the Consumer Tip Sheet