2024 Regional Telecommunications Review kicks off

The Albanese Government has appointed the Hon Alannah MacTiernan – former Western Australian Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food – to lead the next Regional Telecommunications Review.

Ms MacTiernan will be supported by the 2024 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee, comprised of Ms Kristy Sparrow, the Hon Fiona Nash, Dr Jessa Rogers and Mr Ian Kelly

The Review is undertaken every three years and is an opportunity for Australians living and working in rural, regional and remote communities to share their views and experiences using telecommunications services. The Review will also work with industry to consider regulatory settings and map solutions to improve regional communications.

In undertaking its Review, the Committee will closely examine barriers that may mean people in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia do not have equitable access to telecommunications services as compared to services available within urban areas.

The Committee will also consider the unique needs of First Nations’ communities, the effectiveness of existing Government investment programs, the potential of emerging technologies, the Universal Services Obligations, and the suitability of telecommunications during emergency situations

Public consultation will commence in April this year, with the Committee’s final report due to Government by December 2024.

To stay updated on consultation activities, and to find out more about the Review, visit www.rtirc.gov.au/

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:

“All Australians deserve access to quality communications service – no matter where they live or work.

“The Regional Telecommunications Review is an important opportunity for Australians living outside our major cities to share their experiences with Government and industry alike.

“The Government is pleased Ms MacTiernan has agreed to lead the Review. She is highly qualified as a former Regional Development Minister in Western Australia and is a passionate advocate for rural, regional and remote communities.

“The Independent Review Committee also has the right experience and expertise to deliver a comprehensive assessment of the state of regional telecommunications in Australia.

“I look forward to receiving the Committee’s final report at the end of this year, and I strongly encourage communities to have their say to ensure we get the best communications outcomes for rural and regional Australians."