Started July 6, 2021 09:00 AEST

Ended September 30, 2021 17:00 AEST

 

Closed

Public consultation is an important part of the Regional Telecommunications Review. The Committee is required to consult publicly under its establishing laws and Terms of Reference.

Public consultation for the Review has now ended. 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 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.

Issues Paper

The Committee released the 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review Issues Paper on 14 July 2021. The Issues Paper sets out the key areas of interest for the Review and a number of questions interested parties could use to develop written submissions to the Committee.

Submissions to the Review closed on 30 September 20201. The Committee received over 650 written submissions from members of the public, community organisations, businesses, and local, state and territory governments.

Written submissions are currently being considered by the Committee. Non-confidential submissions will be made publicly available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ Have Your Say page shortly.

Please email secretariat@rtirc.gov.au if you have any concerns about the confidentiality of your submission.

Public consultations

From late July 2021, the Committee undertook consultation with many communities across regional, rural and remote Australia, giving people the opportunity to discuss views and experiences with the Committee first hand.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions consultations were held in a virtual forum. This also provided an option for people who may not have previously been able to attend the in-person consultation to share their views and experiences.

Committee members heard from regional consumers, businesses, local and state governments, and community organisations. The 24 consultation sessions covered the breadth of regional Australia from far north Queensland to the Western Australian Wheatbelt, from King Island to Cocos Keeling Island.

Key issues raised include; mobile coverage, the resilience of telecommunications infrastructure in emergencies, service reliability, and, digital awareness and skills.

Completed public consultations

Location Date Time Venue
Central and West QLD Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm (AEST) Online consultation
North West TAS Thursday, 29 July 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York QLD Friday, 30 July 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
West VIC Wednesday, 4 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South East SA Thursday, 5 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Western SA Thursday, 5 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Central Australia NT Friday, 6 August 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South East NSW and ACT Monday, 9 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Kimberley and Pilbara Regions WA Monday, 9 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South East QLD Tuesday, 10 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South & East TAS Thursday, 12 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Cancelled
Gippsland Region VIC Friday, 20 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Mid-West and Gascoyne Regions WA Friday, 20 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Northern NT Tuesday, 24 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Northern NSW and Central Coast Thursday, 26 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Goldfields and Esperance Regions WA Thursday, 26 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South West QLD Friday, 27 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Far West NSW Monday, 30 August 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
South West VIC Monday, 30 August 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Wheatbelt, Peel and South-West Regions WA Wednesday, 1 September 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Mackay Region QLD Thursday, 2 September 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Tasmania Monday, 6 September 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
North East VIC Tuesday, 7 September 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Central West NSW Friday, 10 September 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Peri-urban Australia Tuesday, 14 September 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation
Peri-urban Australia Friday, 17 September 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm (AEST) Online consultation