Issue No 25: 6 November 2019
Complaints to Telcos Fall by More than 17%
Customer complaints to telecommunications suppliers have dropped by more than 17% during the past year, signalling a welcome improvement in performance across the industry.
Communications Alliance welcomed the results released today by the industry regulator, the ACMA, in its report on service provider complaint data for 2018-19.
“We agree with the regulator that these data show that ongoing industry efforts to improve customer service, cooperation, and customer experience are producing positive results,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.
The ACMA’s report is part of its Record Keeping Rules, which cover complaints made directly to telecommunications providers.
“It is encouraging to note that more than 94% of the contacts were resolved by the service provider and therefore only about one in twenty resulted in a complaint being made to the industry ombudsman,” Mr Stanton said.
“It’s also pleasing that the average time taken to resolve complaints fell significantly throughout the year.
“We do agree, however, that complaint levels remain higher than they should be – the industry is committed to continuing the current trend of improvement.
“We anticipate the revised Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Industry Code, which came into force on 1 August, will continue to drive better results,” Mr Stanton concluded
Complaints to the TIO Continue to Decrease
Communications Alliance welcomes the TIO’s publication of its July- September 2019 quarterly report.
“It is pleasing that complaints to the TIO fell in the most recent quarter, compared to the previous two quarters,” said Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton.
“This aligns with the trend in the ACMA’s RKR report published yesterday and the data in the TIO’s annual report,” said Mr Stanton.
“It’s also positive to see that 84% of complaints to the TIO were resolved on the first referral to providers.
“There is always room for improvement. Industry will continue working with the TIO and regulators to improve the customer experience,” concluded Mr Stanton.
The TIO’s move to quarterly reports aligns with Communications Alliance’s quarterly Complaints in Context report.
The first expanded Complaints in Context report will be published in early November, providing consumers with contextualised complaint data, and the ability to compare between participating providers, for the most recent quarter July – September.
Submission to Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Discussion Paper
Communications Alliance has made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs Discussion Paper Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
The submission argues that the Discussion Paper is timely and indeed necessary to ensure that the approach to cyber security, including to legislation and regulation in this area, is coherent, proportionate, informed and consultative. It also highlights that a cyber security strategy is equally an important tool to foster a whole-of-society and economy-wide approach to cyber security which ought to form the cornerstone to identify, and subsequently remedy, educational, skills and awareness gaps in this area that may exist today.
Among other issues, the submission discusses the following concerns:
The submission further discusses educational challenges and the lack of skilled resources in the cyber security arena, the necessity to generate end-user-trust in an all-connected world, and the flexible co-regulatory frameworks that ought to underly this dynamic environment.
Communications Alliance Calls for Input to Review of Guideline G660:2018, Assisting Customers Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence
The Guideline is a reference document for how providers can assist customers who are experiencing domestic or family violence. It was published in October 2018, and provides a range of Communications Alliance will begin revising the document at the beginning of 2020. While the revision will be a consultative process, this input is vital to direct its scope and focus.
THE CALL FOR INPUT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020