MSD - 14122018 - VIC SCP West Victoria RUNL


Delay due to severe weather in the Mallee and Wimmera Districts and parts of the Northern Country, North Central, Central and South West Districts of Victoria.

The Mallee and Wimmera Districts and parts of the Northern Country, North Central, Central and South West Districts of Victoria were impacted by severe weather on or about Wednesday 12 December 2018 through to Saturday 15 December 2018. This event resulted in extensive damage to the telecommunications network.

An interruption to Optus normal operations has occurred leading to delays in installation and repair activities. As many as 360 Optus services are impacted in the area bounded by and including, but not limited to, the area starting at Vite Vite North heading southwest past Byaduk to Drumborg, west to the Victorian/South Australian border then heading north to the Victorian/New South Wales border. The area continues following the border easterly past Mildura and Robinvale to Boundary Bend. From Boundary Bend the area heads south to Culgoa, southeast to Pyramid Hill, southwest to Jarklin, and south past Serpentine to Bridgewater North then southeast to Sutton Grange. The area heads south to Taradale, southeast to Pipers Creek, southwest to Trentham East, west to Raglan then southwest back to Vite Vite North. All suburbs and towns serviced by Optus within these boundaries are encompassed in this exemption.

How will this affect you? Unfortunately, your service may be affected and we may take longer than normal to fix telephone services or complete connections. Services in the area mentioned above with phone numbers in the following number ranges may have been affected:

0343000000 To 0343011999   0353283000 To 0353283999
0343020000 To 0343028999   0353400000 To 0353400999
0343098000 To 0343098999   0353402100 To 0353692399
0343430000 To 0343438999   0353800000 To 0353997999
0344001000 To 0344008999   0354210000 To 0354414799
0344324000 To 0344324999   0354515000 To 0354799999
0344330000 To 0344331999   0354900000 To 0354908999
0344650000 To 0344650999   0354910000 To 0354999999
0350180000 To 0350354999   0355211200 To 0355289999
0350486000 To 0350486999   0355452000 To 0355452999
0350510000 To 0350559999   0355510000 To 0355560999
0350701000 To 0350957999   0355700000 To 0355889999
0353216000 To 0353219999        

We anticipate that the majority of services will be restored by 20 January 2019. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this delay may cause but we can assure you we are working hard to get things back on track.

What else do you need to know? Information as to the nature of these severe weather events can be sourced from the Early Warning Network at Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are referred to within this site for Wednesday 12 December 2018 through to Saturday 15 December 2018; all of which were widely reported in the news media after the events.

Due to this event, we’re claiming an exemption under section 21 of the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011, including an exemption from the payment of compensation between 14 December 2018 to 20 January 2019 inclusive for any delays in fixing or connecting services, and the keeping of appointments relating to these activities in the impacted area.

Need more information? 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 14122018-VICS-C-P-WEST VICTORIA_RUNL

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.