WA South West and South Coastal Districts

Customer Service Advice from Optus

Extreme Weather events impact service in South West, South Coastal and parts of the Great Southern Districts of Western Australia.

Optus is working to manage the significant impact to Optus services that has occurred as a result of a series of extreme weather events in the South West, South Coastal and parts of the Great Southern regions of Western Australia on or about Wednesday 22 October 2014.

Due to the effect of damage to the telecommunications network by severe weather, there has been a significant increase in the number of Optus services being reported as faulty. As a result, there has been some disruption to service and delays to normal installation and repair activities.

Optus apologises to any affected customers.

Information as to the nature of these severe weather events can be sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Dangerous winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and localised flash flooding are referred to in the BOM Severe Weather Warning issued for 22 October 2014 initially at 10:40 am WST on Wednesday 22 October 2014; all of which were widely reported in the news media after the events.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances may apply to approximately 120 services. Some of these services may not be installed or repaired within Optus’s standard time frames. The number of possibly affected services may increase or decrease as Optus assesses the full effect of the extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of Optus’s normal service operations is expected to be 16 November 2014. This date is indicative only, however, and may be subject to change once the full impact of the extreme weather conditions has been assessed. Optus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers and thanks them for their patience while this work is being undertaken.

Optus services encompassed in this exemption are in the area bounded by and including, but not limited to, the area starting at Point D’Entrecasteaux heading north past Balingup to Lowden. From Lowden the area turns southeast past Noggerup, Kojonup and Gnowangerup to Ongerup. The area heads northeast to King Lake then turns southeast to Powell Pt. From Powell Pt the area follows the WA coastline past Hopetoun, Bremer Bay and Albany back to Point D’Entrecasteaux. All suburbs and towns, off shore islands and coastal areas serviced by Optus within these boundaries are encompassed in this exemption.

Services in the area mentioned above with phone numbers in the following number ranges may have been affected:

08 6819 5000 To 08 6819 7999 08 9874 4000 To 08 9874 4999
08 9761 0000 To 08 9782 5999 08 9892 0000 To 08 9892 9999
08 9820 4000 To 08 9857 6999  

As these circumstances were outside of Optus’s control, Optus is claiming an exemption from compliance with time frames and performance standards required under the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011. Therefore Optus is notifying customers that normal installation and repair time frames may not be met during the period from 24 October 2014 to 16 November 2014 inclusive (based on Optus’s estimated recovery schedule correct at the time of publication of this notice) and, under section 21 of the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011, Optus will be exempt from complying with performance standards during this period.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a CSG payment under this notice, or wish to have us reconsider whether the circumstances were a proper basis for claiming an exemption, you can contact Optus on 13 39 37– quoting CSG exemption reference number 24102014-WA-S-C-P-SOUTH WEST AND SOUTH COASTAL DISTRICTS_RU.

You can also view a copy of this notice on our internet site www.optus.com.au/msd.

If, after calling Optus on the above number, you remain unsatisfied with our response to your query, you have the option of raising the matter with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).Information on the TIO and contact details are available on the Internet (www.tio.com.au) and in the White Pages telephone directory.