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New funding agreement to ensure ongoing consumer representation

The Turnbull Government today announced a new funding agreement with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) to allow it to continue its work providing consumer representation.

ACCAN is Australia's peak communications consumer group providing information and representation for all Australians on telecommunications issues.

Earlier this year, the Government undertook a review of Section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997, which enables funding to be provided to organisations that represent the interests of consumers in relation to telecommunications, such as ACCAN.

The Government has delivered on ongoing funding to ACCAN. This will enable:

  • improved engagement between ACCAN, regulatory agencies and industry; and
  • enhancements to the independent grants research program administered by ACCAN to guide research priorities; and
  • the removal of funding caps and time limits for research projects to provide greater flexibility and allow for longer-term research proposals.

The Government recognises the ongoing need for consumer representation in telecommunications policy and regulatory processes, and looks forward to ACCAN's continued contribution to the communications sector and ongoing commitment to representing the views of Australian consumers. The new agreement provides  funding until 2022.

The review's final report is available at www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/consumer-representation-review-accan