Under Telstra’s licence conditions, Telstra is obliged to maintain a local presence in regional, rural and remote Australia, to the extent that this is broadly compatible with the licensee’s overall commercial interests, is not unduly prescriptive and does not impose undue financial and administrative burdens on Telstra. The local presence plan must set out the range of activities and strategies that Telstra will deploy in regional, rural and remote Australia to fulfil its local presence obligation.
On 26 June 2012, the ACMA received notification from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy that Telstra’s local presence plan 2012–2015 (also known as Telstra’s Regional and Rural Presence Plan 2012–2015) had been approved. As per the licence conditions, the local presence plan 2012–2015 replaces the previous local presence plan and is effective for a period of three years, until June 2015. This iteration is Telstra’s third local presence plan with previous plans being approved in 2006 and 2009.
Download a copy of Telstra’s local presence plan 2012-15 (PDF 577 kb)