Severe Weather events impact service in the Hunter District and parts of the Central Tablelands and Mid North Coast Districts of New South Wales.

As previously notified by Optus on Thursday 14 July 2016, Optus’ normal operations in the Hunter District and parts of the Central Tablelands and Mid North Coast Districts of New South Wales were affected by a series of severe weather events on or about Saturday 4 June through to Monday 6 June 2016.

The telecommunications network in these areas have experienced high levels of damage that resulted in delays to installation and repair activities on a significant number of Optus services. Due to the extent of damage to the network, the impact in the affected region has been greater than initially estimated, and as a consequence of the continued weather effects, the expected recovery date has now been extended to 21 August 2016.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances applies to an additional 1170 services bringing the total number of services impacted to approximately 6000 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full effect of the severe weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of normal service operations is expected to be 21 August 2016. This date is indicative only; Optus customers should anticipate that some further delays may occur.

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 is not limited to, the area starting at Seal Rocks then following the NSW coast southwest past Nelson Bay, Newcastle and The Entrance to Patonga. From Patonga the area heads southwest past Castlereagh to Springwood, southeast to Warragamba then west to the Jenolan Caves. The area heads north past Portland to Capertee, northwest to Hill End and south to Trunkey Creek then southwest to Reids Flat. From Reids Flat the area heads northwest to Greenethorpe, north to Yeoval then southeast to Glen Davis. The area turns north to Nullo Mountain, northeast to Upper Allyn then southeast back to Seal Rocks. 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:

0240077000 To 0240077999 0263400000 To 0263699999
0240091000 To 0240091999 0263907000 To 0263949999
0240131000 To 0240131999 0265702100 To 0265789999
0240145000 To 0240159999 0280210000 To 0280219999
0240230000 To 0240238999 0280540000 To 0280549999
0240241000 To 0240244999 0280650000 To 0280659999
0240284000 To 0240408999 0280680000 To 0280689999
0240480000 To 0240489999 0280840000 To 0280849999
0243200000 To 0243999999 0280948000 To 0280950999
0245049000 To 0245049999 0280958000 To 0280959999
0245601000 To 0245889999 0284079000 To 0284079999
0247048000 To 0247048999 0284110000 To 0284119999
0247063000 To 0247065999 0284430000 To 0284449999
0247206000 To 0247399999 0289190000 To 0289190999
0247510000 To 0247599999 0289240000 To 0289240999
0247800000 To 0247873899 0289370000 To 0289374999
0247890000 To 0247899999 0289630000 To 0289649999
0249021000 To 0249999999 0290902000 To 0290902999
0253106000 To 0253106999 0294560000 To 0294579999
0253185000 To 0253185999 0294728000 To 0294800999
0253530000 To 0253538999 0296520000 To 0296588999
0253540000 To 0253548999 0298020000 To 0298020999
0253550000 To 0253553999 0298471000 To 0298471999
0253555000 To 0253555999 0299855000 To 0299858999
0255915000 To 0255915999      

As these circumstances were outside of Optus’s control, Optus is claiming an extension to time frames applying under the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011. This means that Optus is notifying customers that normal service time frames may not be met during the period of 6 July 2016 to 21 August 2016 inclusive (based on Optus’s estimated recovery schedule correct at the time of publication of this notice).

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 06062016-NSW-E-C-P-HUNTER AND CENTRAL TABLELANDS_RUL_EXT2 You can also view a copy of this notice on our Internet site 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 ( and in the White Pages® telephone directory.