If you have a life-threatening illness
If you depend on your landline service because of a serious illness, you may be eligible for priority assistance if your diagnosed medical condition is life-threatening.
If you have priority assistance, your telco must treat your complaints as urgent.
If you live with a disability
If you need to use special equipment with your standard phone service, you can find information on which phone would be right for you on the Accessible Telecoms website.
Your telco will provide information that is clear and easy to understand to help you find the features, services and equipment you need and how they work.
If it is hard to understand English
If it is hard to understand English, you may be able to use the government’s translator service.
Telcos should also help by:
- training their sales people to use clear and simple words
- using plain language in their contracts.
If a telco advertises its products in a language other than English, it must provide information to help customers in that same language.
If you need help to pay your bill
You may need help to pay your bill because you have been:
- experiencing domestic or family violence
- unable to pay your bill for other reasons.
This is called financial hardship and you can ask your telco for help. If you are eligible for assistance, your telco must work with you to manage your payments and keep you connected.
Find out more about financial hardship.
Also, if you owe money but are disputing it through a complaint, your telco can't take action to recover the debt until the complaint is resolved.
If you are in a rural or remote area
For certain services, the Customer Service Guarantee Standard (CSG Standard) protects you from poor service. It sets timeframes your telco must meet when they:
- connect standard phone services
- repair standard phone services
- make an appointment with you.
The CSG Standard also sets out how much the telco must pay you if these timeframes are missed.
Complain to your telco
You can ask your telco for help. You can make a complaint to your telco if your needs are not being met.