Innisfail and Surrounding District

CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVICE FROM OPTUS

Severe Weather events impact service in Innisfail and part of the surrounding North Tropical Coast and Tablelands District of Queensland.

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 Innisfail and part of the surrounding North Tropical Coast and Tablelands District of Queensland on or about Saturday 7 January 2017 through to Monday 9 January 2017. 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 Early Warning Network at http://www.ewn.com.au/alerts/. Very heavy rainfall and flash flooding is referred to within this site for Saturday 7 January 2017 through to Monday 9 January 2017; 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 90 services. Some of these services may not be installed or repaired within Optus 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 normal service operations is expected to be 12 February 2017. This date is indicative only, however, and may be subject to change once the full impact of the severe 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 is not limited to, the area starting at Deeral following the coastline south past Innisfail and Cardwell to Lucinda. From Lucinda the area heads southwest to Bemerside, northwest to Kirrama and north to Millaa Millaa then northeast back to Deeral. 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:

0740283000 To 0740283999 0742055000 To 0742055999
0740302000 To 0740302999 0742210000 To 0742218999
0740432000 To 0740485999 0742326000 To 0742329999
0740610000 To 0740889999      

As these circumstances were outside of Optus 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 10 January 2017 to 12 February 2017 inclusive (based on Optus 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 10012017-QLD-E-C-P-INNISFAIL AND SURROUNDING DISTRICT_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.