Telco and energy networks working together in emergencies

Outages in vital power and telecommunications services during bushfires and other emergencies will be addressed through better coordination and communication between utilities.

The peak industry body for Australia’s energy networks and the peak body for Australia’s telecommunications industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help further improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the two sectors to better respond to emergency situations.

Energy Networks Australia is the industry body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks, while Communications Alliance develops and maintains codes, standards and guidelines for the telecommunications industry.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety, and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding and congratulated the telco and energy sectors for working collaboratively.

“Access to telecommunications is vital before, during and after an emergency, and power is critical to the functioning of telco networks” the Minister said.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP said this is an important agreement between two essential service providers.

“Last summer’s devastating bushfires highlighted the importance of keeping Australian communities informed and connected during an emergency. Ensuring that Australians have access to a reliable and affordable energy supply is a top priority for the Morrison Government,” said Minister Taylor.

To view the find out more about the Memorandum of Understanding, go to the Communications Alliance website.

Media contact:

Minister Fletcher: Imre Salusinszky | 0432 535 737 | Imre.Salusinszky@communications.gov.au

Minister Taylor: Liam O’Neil | 0428 113 617 | liam.oneil@energy.gov.au