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Almost 90% of complaints are resolved within 10 business days

We contact your provider on your behalf. Most complaints are resolved here.
If the complaint is not resolved within 10 business days then we suggest a new approach.
For complaints still not resolved, we investigate further and make a binding assessment.
If you have a new or existing complaint, contact us through our online form or call us on 1800 062 058.

Bob’s internet is down, and he can’t fix it with his telco. Where can he go for help? And what is an Ombudsman?


We’ve made these guides to help you with common complaints

They include information about the law and how the complaint could be handled.

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2020-2021 Annual Report

127,151 total complaints down 4%


Complaints fast facts: 119,400 total complaints received (minus 6.1 percent on 2019-20). 16,607 escalated complaints (minus 0.4 percent on 2019-20). 99,711 residential complaints. 19,689 small business complaints. Most complained about service type was Internet, with 39, 857 complaints. 47.1% of all complaints had a connection, change of provider or service quality issue. 24.1% of 1,511 providers had a complaint in 2020-21.


99,711 complaints from residential consumers (83.5%). 19,689 complaints from small businesses (16.5%). 318,797 total contacts we received.


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The Ombudsman and how the scheme works

Our powers

We are able to handle complaints about telephone and internet services. We have the authority to decide the resolution of a complaint (the telecommunications company is legally obliged to implement) up to $50,000, and make recommendations up to $100,000. 

Our structure

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd was established in 1993 under legislation and is independent of industry, the government and consumer organisations. We are governed by a Board of Directors, and managed by an independent Ombudsman in accordance with the Company Constitution and Terms of Reference. 

The Ombudsman

Cynthia Gebert the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman

Cynthia Gebert has been the Ombudsman since 2022.