INDUSTRY WELCOMES NEW DRAFT REGULATION ON COMPLAINT HANDLING

Sydney, 15 March 2018 - The telecommunications industry welcomed the release today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of new draft regulatory instruments relating to complaint handling and record keeping.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said its industry members would digest the detail of the draft instruments and provide feedback to the ACMA on the practicalities and cost implications of implementing new rules. Some smaller service providers have already expressed concern about the level of prescription within the draft Complaint Handling Standard, the significant documentation requirements and the impact of these on smaller operators.

Mr Stanton said that one significant challenge would be to produce a consistent and comparable data set of service-related complaints received by service providers – as is required by the ACMA’s proposed new Record-Keeping Rule.

“This is, in part, because service providers do not necessarily categorise the varying types of customer contacts – including technical queries, complaints or other information requests – in a uniform way, ” Mr Stanton said.

“Separating, categorising and reporting on contacts from customers based on the specific NBN access technology that the customer is using might also present operational challenges.

“Also, customers are increasingly using self-help tools such as chat-bots, online assistance and discussion forums to resolve issues, rather than contacting a call-centre as a first option."

Mr Stanton said industry fully recognised the importance of efficient and effective complaint handling and the need to redouble those efforts, particularly with the disruption and inherent additional complexity associated with migrating customers to multiple new technologies on next-generation networks.

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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