DCA confirms start of Regional Telecommunications Review

3 May 2018

Australia’s Department of Communications and the Arts (DCA) has announced that an independent committee has been appointed to undertake a review of regional telecommunication services. This review is undertaken every three years as a legislated requirement to examine regional telecommunication issues, including the level of access to services in regional, rural and remote parts of the country. In confirming that the review was getting underway the government body said that views will be sought from regional communities on how they use telecommunication services and the issues that affect them. Further, the state has released the terms of reference for the review, which include asking the committee to: consider how rural Australians can maximise the economic and social benefits that modern telecommunication services can provide; and undertake an analysis of the coverage achieved under the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The committee will shortly call for submissions and is expected to undertake public consultations in regional areas later this year, with it expected to deliver a report to government in September 2018.