Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Internet access returned to Christmas Island

Media Release


10 March 2017

  • Christmas Island has had internet access restored. 
  • Follows urgent negotiation by the Australian Government with SpeedCast.
  • Minister Nash visited Christmas Island this week.

Christmas Island residents can once again connect to the internet through their previous accounts after the Australian Government announced a deal with SpeedCast to supply the Island with internet. 

SpeedCast has taken over from a previous provider who ceased supplying internet to the island after giving very little notice to the local community and Government. 

SpeedCast switched on their internet service on Christmas Island today, 10 March 2017.

Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash, who had held a community meeting on the issue on the Island just this week, said the SpeedCast service meant locals would be able to continue to access the internet for business, education, and communications.

“We have worked to urgently return internet access to Christmas Island after the previous provider shut down,” Minister Nash said.

“I thank SpeedCast for stepping in to provide an internet service that will get Christmas Island back online.”

The deal with SpeedCast guarantees that an internet service is available until 30 June 2017, while the NBN is rolling out. There are already 91 Sky Muster services connected on Christmas Island, with more being added each day. After 30 June, the possibility of SpeedCast continuing to provide internet will be a commercial decision for the company. 

“Many locals raised the issue of reliable internet access with me at the community meeting and I am pleased to be able to deliver on this issue so quickly,” Minister Nash said.

Minister Nash was on Christmas Island on 6 and 7 March 2017 and on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands on 8 March 2017.