Promoting Efficient Communication Markets
A historic milestone was achieved with the final switchover from analog to digital-only free-to-air television transmission
This represents the biggest change in Australian broadcasting since the introduction of colour television almost 40 years ago.
8.7 million households are now able to access digital-only free-to-air television
40 years ago
More than 178 000
Households across Australia were accessing the
VAST More Information service, with more than
set top boxes installed
To ensure that you are able to enjoy the same benefits of digital TV no matter where you live, the Australian Government developed a satellite platform called Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) as part of the Digital Switchover Programme.
From its onset in mid-2010, VAST ensured that anyone in Australia who is unable to receive adequate digital terrestrial TV signals had access to a reliable and professionally operated free-to-air satellite alternative, now and into the future.
The Restack Programme is in the process of movingMore Information
digital television services out of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) so that the vacated spectrum can be used for new services such as mobile and wireless broadband
70% of the viewing population has successfully retuned
In June 2010, the Government announced that a digital dividend of 126 MHz of 700 MHz band spectrum, comprised of UHF television channels 52 to 69, will be realised. Creating this digital dividend is possible following the move to digital-only television broadcasting under the digital television switchover programme, which was completed in December 2013.
The final step to realising the digital dividend is for a significant number of digital television services to be moved to new channels so that channels 52 to 69 can be cleared and made available for new services such as new mobile broadband. This process is referred to as the ‘restack’.
We supported seven reviews of the NBN
The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme wrapped-upMore Information
Since 2002 the Scheme provided over 29 000 subsidies against the purchase price of a satellite handset for people living, working and travelling in areas without terrestrial mobile phone coverage
Image of a satellite rotating from side to side sending out radio waves to a phone and Australia
The scheme gave residents or businesses located in areas without mobile coverage an 85 per cent rebate, up to $1000 on approved satellite phone purchases. Consumers travelling or working in areas of Australia without mobile coverage were eligible to receive a 50 per cent rebate, capped at $700.
To assist SMEs and NFPs transition into the digital age and realise the benefits of high-speed broadband
9 industry peak bodies were funded to develop online
Digital Business KitsMore Information
9 Industry peak bodies
Digital Business Kits will provide industry specific information and resources to assist small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations engage in the digital economy and take advantage of the opportunities of high-speed broadband. The kits will address industry-specific gaps in digital knowledge and promote use of innovative digital solutions to market products and services, engage with clients and improve business operations.
The Cybersafety Help and Advice website received over 95 000 hits
The Help Button can now be accessed on over 1000000 Telstra mobile devices
in addition to over
950 000 computers and mobile devices with existing access
The Australian Government is providing grant funding of $13.6 million over four years under the Digital Hubs programme to enable local communities to increase their online engagement and better understand the opportunities of the digital economy. Digital Hubs have been established in 40 communities across Australia.
Residents can visit their local Digital Hub to access group and one-on-one training, take advantage of free high-speed internet access and explore digital technology in a safe and supportive learning environment. All services offered under the Digital Hubs programme are free.
expect to save $35 million through deregulation measures