The 2021 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (the Committee) is undertaking the Regional Telecommunications Review (the Review) into the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Public consultation for the Review has now ended. The Committee held 24 virtual public consultations targeting regions across Australia, and received over 650 written submissions from members of the public, community organisations, businesses, and local, state and territory governments. The Committee thanks all those who contributed their time and views to this important process.

The Committee is now considering the feedback received through the consultation process. It will provide a report to the Australian Government by the end of the year on the findings of the Review, including recommendations to further improve the provision of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote areas.

About the Review

The Regional Telecommunications Review is an opportunity for people living and working in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia to share their views and experiences using telecommunications services in their area.

Every three years the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is appointed to conduct the review. Committee reports are important in setting the regional communications policy agenda in the following years.

The 2021 Committee was announced by the then Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government the Hon Mark Coulton MP on 2 June 2021. The Review is being held from June to December. The five members appointed to the Committee are the Hon Luke Hartsuyker (Chair), Ms Sue Middleton, Ms Kristy Sparrow, Professor Hugh Bradlow and Mr Michael Cosgrave.

The Review is examining the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote Australia. It is also considering particular issues identified in the Terms of Reference, including the impact of Government policies and programs, insights from COVID-19, emerging technologies, service reliability, regional development, and improving coordination between tiers of government.

The Committee has been asked to deliver its report to the Australian Government by 31 December 2021 or earlier. The Committee may make recommendations to the Government, on which it must respond.

The Committee is established and conducts its review under Part 9B of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.

Information about past reviews can be found at Regional Telecommunications Review.