According to ACCAN chief executive, Teresa Corbin, “The requirement that all companies in the supply chain work better together to resolve customer issues is much needed.
“There is a need for improved practices with a strong regulatory framework to ensure telcos are meeting the needs and expectations of customers with complaints.
“The experience of large numbers of consumers switching to the NBN has shone a light on the inadequacies of the current model supporting the delivery of essential telecommunications services.
“We congratulated the minister last year for using his powers and taking these steps to protect consumers. The new rules will give the ACMA the tools it needs to drive better complaints handling and greater transparency of how the industry is handling complaints in the future.”
The new complaints rules come into effect by 1 July and can potentially result in the imposition of civil penalties of up to $250,000.for telcos breaching the standards.
Previously, ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said, "Telco customers deserve to have their complaints dealt with quickly and effectively”.
“Both our industry information-gathering exercise and our survey of residential households demonstrate that telco complaints-handling practices need to improve.
“As industry co-regulation is proving ineffective in this area, we will put in place rules so that the ACMA can act more quickly to deal with non-compliance.”