The TIO, along with other alternative dispute resolution schemes, was out spreading the word about our service in regional New South Wales in September.
Outreach in Dubbo
Representatives from the TIO, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO) and the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW attended the annual Financial Counsellors Association of NSW conference in Dubbo.
In Dubbo, the TIO took part in a community barbecue, which was jointly hosted by service providers including EWON, Legal Aid NSW, the State Revenue Office, Lifeline Dubbo, FOS, ASIC and the CIO. Residents who spoke to the TIO were concerned about poor mobile phone reception in remote areas, large bills and confusing contracts.
Visiting Indigenous consumers in Walgett
Later, the TIO travelled to Walgett to take part in a legal roadshow and visited the nearby remote Indigenous communities of Gingie and Namoi. Both communities have about 20 houses each and are about 10 minutes' drive from Walgett. Gingie has no mobile reception so residents rely heavily on landlines.
In Walgett, where almost half the population is Indigenous, the TIO met with service providers including the shire council, Mission Australia, Centrelink, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Aboriginal medical service, the Dharriwaa Elders Group, and the Walgett Shire Council.
The service agencies all welcomed our presented our Telco rights toolkit, which aims to increase awareness of our service in remote Indigenous communities.
The TIO developed its Telco rights toolkit over the past two years and it will be progressively distributed to remote Indigenous communities nationally.