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Do you have a problem with your telephone or internet provider?

This brochure is a quick and easy guide to understanding the role of the Ombudsman and the services we provide. 

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Telephone, mobile and internet

Do you have a problem with your telephone or internet provider?
The TIO can help.


What is the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman?

We help fix problems between you and your landline, mobile phone or internet provider.

We are independent, fair and free, which means we don't take sides.

What the TIO is not?

We are not an industry watchdog, regulator or government body.

We cannot change government policy or look at the price of telecommunications services.

We do not act on your behalf or on behalf of your provider.

Before you call us

You need to call your provider. Tell them you are not happy. See if they can fix the problem. You must take this step before calling us.

What next?

If you are still not happy, then you can contact us for help.

We have different ways we can help with your problem. Our process is split into three stages.

We handle complaints about:

  • billing
  • contracts
  • disability issues
  • faults
  • numbering
  • privacy
  • connections
  • credit management
  • disconnections
  • land access
  • priority service
  • transfers

Stage 1 Referral

When you contact us, we will take down your details and information about your problem and your provider.

We get in touch with your provider and give them 10 days to fix your problem.

About 90% of complaints to the TIO are fixed this way.

Once you have made a complaint, you can update your information online. All you need is your name, address and TIO reference number.

Stage 2 Working together

If your problem is not fixed, contact us and we will work with you and your provider to see if you can agree how to fix it with our help.

We will ask you and your provider for some more information to help us.

Stage 3 A closer look

A small number of problems cannot be fixed simply. At this stage the TIO will look at your problem in more detail.

Your provider must accept any decisions the TIO makes.  

The TIO's Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use and handle your personal information. Ask us for a copy or find it at 

Contact the TIO

Remember, before you get in touch with us, you need to try to fix your problem with your landline, mobile or internet provider.

Call us:    1800 062 058

Go online:

Mail: PO Box 276


VIC 8007

Interpreting service: 131 450

If you are Deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service.

For more information, visit: 

Billing complaint

Billing complaint

A consumer noticed her name was not correctly spelt on her bill and she went into the providers store to fix it. Whilst in store, the provider convinced the consumer to sign up for a new NBN package which she did not fully understand.

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