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Satellite TV

Viewer access satellite television (VAST) is available if you live in an area with poor free-TV coverage.

If you are in a caravan, boat or campervan travelling through areas without reliable TV signals, you may also get VAST. 

About VAST

VAST is funded by the Australian Government. It gives people who may not be able to receive ‘regular’ TV services access to free-to-air TV or radio services by satellite.

You can access channels on VAST for free if you:

Our role

We do not:

  • take applications for VAST
  • decide who gets VAST.

We do:

  • make rules that the VAST access administrator must follow to decide who gets access to VAST
  • examine any formal complaints against the company that administers access to VAST.

Applying for VAST access

Getting VAST at home

Getting VAST as you travel

  • Go to VAST administrator’s website at MySatTV.
  • Follow the 'Traveller's Registration' steps.

We recommend you keep a copy of your application.

Fixing problems with your satellite TV

If you have trouble receiving VAST you can:

Complaints about your VAST application

We can look into your complaint about applying for VAST access if the VAST administrator:

  • refused your application
  • approved your access to VAST but later took away approval
  • did not decide on your application within 15 business days.

If you decide to complain, please provide us with as much of the following information as possible:

  • your name and contact information (email, telephone and postal mail)
  • the address at which VAST services were requested. If a street address is not available, please provide the latitude and longitude
  • the date on which you made an application for VAST services, via the online form at mySwitch
  • a copy of your application, if available
  • the kind of reception equipment you own (for example, external antenna or satellite dish)
  • what your complaint is about
  • any correspondence between you and the scheme administrator, if available.

You can make a complaint by:

  • email at info@acma.gov.au and typing 'Satellite TV complaint' in the email subject field
  • post at:
    Satellite TV Complaint
    Australian Communications and Media Authority
    PO Box 78
    Belconnen ACT 2616
  • fax to (02) 6219 5347

We may:

  • provide the VAST administrator with details of your complaint
  • collect evidence from the VAST administrator
  • ask you for more information.

Overseas satellite TV interference

Reception of overseas free-to-air satellite TV is not protected against interference in Australia. You may get interference that may not be possible to fix.

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