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Ombudsman’s briefing to members

22 May 2012

In March, the Ombudsman provided briefings to members in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. One hundred and forty-five representatives from 51 member organisations took the opportunity to be updated by Ombudsman Simon Cohen. Simon spoke to, and took questions from, members about:

  • improving the efficiency and timeliness of  the TIO’s complaint handling procedures

  • implementing a conciliation model of informal resolution that has increased the satisfaction levels of consumers and members

  • improving  communication and access to the TIO scheme for members  through our new website and its member news section

  • engaging with members through account management and visits to the TIO and at member premises, and

  • future TIO initiatives.  

Some of the topics members raised in their questions and comments were:

  • the possibility of the TIO providing consumer calls to members for training purposes

  • remotely using conferencing technology when a member cannot make it to Melbourne to take us up on an offer to visit our office

  • providing case studies or examples of good practice by members after the TIO gets involved, as opposed to examples of poor practice that leads to protracted disputes

  • the publication of member case studies in TIO Talks and Member News section of the TIO website.

Since the briefings in March, the Ombudsman and our Member Communications team have followed up on many requests for further information and visits to member to speak to staff about alternative dispute resolution, conciliation and the TIO.  Also, as a result of member’s suggestions, we are now reviewing our current audio visual and teleconferencing facilities.

Excess data usage

Brenda - Case Study

The owner of a small pharmacy contacted us after getting billed more than $8,000 for going over her internet usage limit.

Next step?              

  • make an online complaint
  • 1800 062 058                
  • Write PO Box 276
    Collins Street West Vic 8007                            
  • National Relay Service Call on 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 062 058            
  • Fax our consumer complaint form to 1800 630 614