The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and the Chairman of the Board look forward to contributing to the Telecommunications Consumer Safeguards Review based on our extensive experience.
We believe the assertions and ideas set out in the paper need to be tested.
In particular, we will be testing the propositions that consumers (especially vulnerable consumers) will have the capacity to work with providers in the model being proposed, and that a new body is needed to achieve greater independence in dispute resolution.
It is vital that any change to the complaint handling mechanism ensures that residential consumers and small businesses continue to have access to a fair, independent and effective complaint resolution service.
Note to editors
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About the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman is a free and independent dispute resolution and complaint handling service for residential consumers and small businesses who have an unresolved complaint about their phone or internet service. www.tio.com.au or 1800 062 058.
About the telecommunications sector
Government and the regulators set policy and regulations for the telecommunications sector.
The Telecommunications industry regulators are the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) www.acma.gov.au Media enquiries to 02 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) https://www.accc.gov.au Media enquiries to 1300 138 917, email@example.com.
Communications Alliance is the peak body for Australian communications industry. Media enquiries to Sefiani Communications. www.sefiani.com.au 0431 478 558.
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is Australia’s peak communications consumer organisation. Media enquiries to 0409 966 931.