Still time to make Regional Telecommunications Review submission

REVIEW: Submissions on the Regional Telecommunications Review can be made until Thursday, September 30 at 5pm AEST. Photo: File
REVIEW: Submissions on the Regional Telecommunications Review can be made until Thursday, September 30 at 5pm AEST. Photo: File

There is less than a week remaining for residents in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia to have their say on the Regional Telecommunications Review.

The review, which is held every three years, helps the federal government to understand telecommunications in regional Australia and to develop policy and programs in response.

The review committee is due to report back to the government by the end of the year.

Committee chairperson Luke Hartsuyker said final submissions were due by Thursday, September 30 at 5pm AEST.

"Everyone's feedback is vital for improving regional telecommunications - now is the time for you to be the catalyst for further improvements," he said.

"The views of individuals, families, businesses and organisations, including those in vulnerable areas, will provide important insight and help inform the final report card back to government.

"Our focus is on understanding the adequacy of broadband and mobile services for people in regional, rural, and remote areas, how they are currently being used and, crucially, what changes the committee can recommend to government to ensure any issues raised are addressed."

Other issues affecting consumers in the review's terms of reference include the response to COVID-19, ways of improving government coordination, the reliability of local services, and whether current policies to improve connectivity, competition, and digital literacy are effective.

Mr Hartsuyker said feedback would be vital in setting the government's regional telecommunications policy agenda over the coming years, with the review an opportunity to make a difference for people living and working in regional Australia.

"This is your chance to share your views using telecommunications services in your area," he said.

"Your input does not need to be long - what we are interested in is the issues that are important to people, as your first-hand insights to this review will inform government action.

"Previous reviews have led to new rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, the Regional Connectivity Program, and other initiatives - this highlights the benefit of lodging a submission."

Interested parties can still provide a written submission by uploading a response to the consultation page at rtirc.gov.au (preferred), email to secretariat@rtirc.gov.au, or via post.

The issues paper and details on how to make a submission can be found at rtirc.gov.au.

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