COMPLAINTS IN CONTEXT REPORT SHOWS CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT

Sydney, 23 July 2019 – Consumer complaints to the telecommunications ombudsman fell by 12% in the most recent quarter among participating service providers in the Communications Alliance Complaints in Context report, released today.

The latest figures show a decline in complaint ratios over the last quarter and continuing year-on-year reductions.

Complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) as a proportion of services in operation (SIO) for service providers who participate in the report decreased to 6.6 complaints per 10,000 services for the period April - June 2019, and is the lowest rate for the April – June quarter since 2016.

The last 3 quarters reported have been the lowest rate since their equivalent 2016 quarter (except October – December, which was the lowest rate since 2015), showing ongoing progress in improving customer service over the last three years.

The full report, including participant ratios, can be found here.

John Stanton, CEO Communications Alliance, said “we are pleased to see the continuing decrease in the rate of TIO complaints, reflecting improvements in experience for customers of participating providers.

“This ongoing progress will be enhanced with the commencement of Communications Alliance’s revised Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code on 1 August, which includes increased protections for consumers.

“In addition to stronger selling practices, stricter credit assessment, and increased financial hardship provisions, the revised TCP Code will expand our quarterly Complaints in Context report to the top 10 providers who received the most TIO complaints last year, in addition to any volunteers.

“To this date, all participants have been volunteers, and we appreciate their ongoing participation in this valuable report.

“We look forward to publishing the first expanded Complaints in Context report in October, reporting on the July – September quarter. This contextualised data will be helpful for consumers.”

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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