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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is reminding consumers that there are options available if they are experiencing financial distress and struggling to pay their telco bills. ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said that telcos have financial hardship programs available to support Australian consumers facing difficulties. “Telecommunication services are playing a critical role in keeping Australians connected…

Read More Telco financial hardship policies critical during COVID-19

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Applications are now open for a grant pool of $3,000,000 to be submitted by 30 April 2020. Ecstra Foundation is a new not for profit organisation committed to building the financial capability of all Australians within a fair financial system. GRANT OVERVIEW  Eligible organisations may apply for up to three $100,000 grants  Open to established consumer organisations with DGR 1 status  Applications close 30…

Read More Ecstra Response and recovery grants to assist community organisations during COVID-19

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has urged the Federal Government to prioritise a specific stimulus strategy for telecommunications services to keep Australians connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing social distancing and self-isolation efforts have resulted in millions of Australians increasingly relying on their home broadband service. As Australia’s peak body representing telecommunications consumers,…

Read More Government must act to address broadband affordability as unemployment predicted to rise: ACCAN

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Commenting after the COAG Energy Council meeting on Friday, Energy Consumers Australia CEO Lynne Gallagher welcomed the call for the energy sector to implement measures to relieve pressures on energy consumers.   “It is critical the energy sector moves rapidly and in a coordinated way to implement measures to ensure all households and small businesses…

Read More Energy companies’ response to COVID-19 must be rapid, coordinated and ambitious to protect consumers

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Consumer groups have released the following joint media release calling for companies providing essential services to support their community during the COVID-19 crisis. Widespread disruption caused by COVID-19 is being felt across Australia. It won’t be long before we have thousands of people trying to survive on a reduced income, worried about whether they can…

Read More A little relief will go a long way for thousands struggling due to COVID-19

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A new Customer Hardship Policy Guideline released by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today will bring greater clarity and consistency to the support retailers are required to provide to their customers and new penalties will apply where retailers fail to meet their obligations. “More Australian households are experiencing difficulty paying their bills. We are seeing rising levels…

Read More Hardship protections a right not a privilege