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Telstra manages public payphones across Australia.

Australia’s payphone network

Telstra is responsible for making sure that most Australians have access to a working public payphone. If you have any payphone questions or problems, you should first contact Telstra. 

Telstra has the following information on payphones: 

Telstra puts its plans to remove, install or move payphones on its payphone website

Some private business and clubs also operate payphones. Contact these businesses directly if you have an issue with a private payphone.

Our role with payphones

Contact Telstra about a payphone issue

If you are having a problem with a payphone, the first step is to contact Telstra and have them try to resolve the issue.  You can contact Telstra by: 

If you would like to complain to Telstra about a payphone issue, you can use their online complaint form.  

Take your payphone complaint further

We manage some complaints about Telstra and payphones.


You should first try to work with Telstra to resolve your public payphone issue. If you feel Telstra hasn’t handled your issue properly, there are ways you can take your complaint further.

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman

For complaints about faults and charges, contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). The TIO can investigate how Telstra handled your complaint. The TIO has the power to resolve your dispute with Telstra.


If you have a complaint about a decision by Telstra to remove a payphone and you have contacted Telstra about this and you are not satisfied with how Telstra handled your complaint, you can ask the ACMA to investigate your complaint using the form below.

If you believe that Telstra is not meeting its legal obligations under the Universal Service Obligation, you can make a complaint to the ACMA.

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