Severe Weather events impact service in East Gippsland, West and South Gippsland and North East Districts and parts of the North Central and Northern Country Districts of Victoria and parts of the Riverina, South West Slopes and South Coast Districts of New South Wales.

Optus is working to manage the significant impact to Optus services that has occurred as a result of a series of severe weather events in the East Gippsland, West and South Gippsland and North East Districts and parts of the North Central and Northern Country Districts of Victoria and parts of the Riverina, South West Slopes and South Coast Districts of New South Wales on or about Saturday 30 January 2016.

Due to the effect of damage to the telecommunications network by severe thunderstorms, 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). Heavy rainfall are referred to in the BOM Severe Weather Warning issued for 30 January 2016 initially at 9:40 pm EDT on Saturday 30 January 2016, reference number IDV28000; 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 540 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 severe weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of Optus’s normal service operations is expected to be 28 February 2016. 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 Wallaga Lake Heights following the NSW coastline south past Eden crossing the border into Victoria past Cape Howe and Lakes Entrance to Port Welshpool. From Port Welshpool the area heads northwest to Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village, northwest past Wallan, Romsey and Pastoria to Faraday. The area then heads northeast past Murchison, Kialla, Dookie, Yarrawonga crossing the Vic/NSW border and continuing on northeast to Rand. From Rand the area heads east to Batlow, southeast past Jerangle to Bodalla then south back Wallaga Lake Heights. All suburbs and towns, including 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:

0260206000 To 0260779999 0351787000 To 0351789999
0260870000 To 0260879999 0354216000 To 0354334999
0264271000 To 0264272999 0354635000 To 0354635999
0264480000 To 0264598999 0354656000 To 0354656999
0264910000 To 0264999999 0354900000 To 0354908999
0344001000 To 0344004999 0357200000 To 0357369999
0344007000 To 0344007999 0357492000 To 0357495999
0344330000 To 0344331999 0357501000 To 0357999999
0351541000 To 0351629999 0359637000 To 0359637999
0351640000 To 0351642999      

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 2 February 2016 to 28 February 2016 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 02022016-VIC-S-C-P-EAST VICTORIA AND SOUTHERN NSW_RUL 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.