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Statement on commencement of ACMA's telco rules

21 September 2018

Commenting on the enforcement of ACMA’s new telco rules being enforced from today (21 September 2018) Ombudsman Judi Jones says, “Residential consumers and small businesses want migration from their old phone or internet service to a service delivered over the National Broadband Network to go well. The ACMA’s rules give clear guidance to telcos about its expectations under the new rules, and provides a strong framework to resolve problems if these arise. 

“We will take the ACMA’s new rules into account when dealing with complaints.”

Residential consumers or small businesses should first aim to resolve their complaint with their phone or internet provider. If the complaint remains unresolved, the residential consumer or small business should contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman at or call 1800 062 058.



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The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman provides a free and independent dispute service for small business and residential consumers who have an unresolved complaint about their telephone or internet service in Australia.

Residential consumers and small businesses should contact or 1800 062 058.

The Telecommunications Industry Sector

The Telecommunications industry regulators are the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Media enquiries to 02 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Media enquiries to 1300 138 917, After hours 0408 995 408.

Government and the regulators set policy and regulations for the telecommunications sector.

Communications Alliance is the peak body for Australian communications industry Media enquiries to Sefiani Communications, ( 61 431 478 558.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is Australia’s peak communications consumer organisation representing individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit groups as consumers of communications products and services. Media enquiries to 0409 966 931 or 02 9288 4000.

Excess data charges

Excess data charges

An received a bill with $3,200 in excess data charges, but didn’t believe she had actually exceeded her data 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