Disasters, Emergency Alerts & Mass Service Disruptions

If you need more info on SMS emergency alerts, how to report hazards or want to know more about how we manage outages during times of emergency, take a look at the topics and links below.

Who do I contact in a dangerous or emergency situation?

Your safety and wellbeing is always our number one priority. So if you're in an emergency situation call 000 from your Fixed Line or Mobile Phone (or 112 from your Mobile).

These numbers work throughout coverage areas in Australia, no matter which service provider you're with, even if you've run out of Prepaid credit or have a restricted or suspended service.

What about emergency alerts/sms?

During emergencies like bushfires, floods or other extreme events; your landline and mobile phone may be used to deliver critical warning messages. These messages are a way for authorities to advise you of what to do during an emergency.

How do SMS emergency alerts work?

Text messages are sent to you based on your last known location. Your location is updated when your mobile:

  • Makes or receives a call; or
  • Sends or receives an SMS; or
  • Moves between a number of mobile network cells (Your device has connected to a couple of mobile towers).

If none of the above has occurred, your mobile phone's location is automatically updated by the network every 60 minutes.

Who sends the warnings / alerts, is it Optus?

No. Only authorised personnel from emergency service organisations such as police, fire and realted state emergency services can use the emergency alert system to send warning messages.

For more information on SMS and landline emergency alerts see the Australian Government's Emergency Alerts website.

How do I report a fault during an emergency?

Before reporting a fault with your Optus service, your safety comes first. Only contact us when it's safe for you to do so. To report a fault/outage call 13 13 44, this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I don't have a fault, but have noticed a potential hazard with Optus equipment

See this article if you don't have a fault but have noticed a potentially unsafe/dangerous situation that involves Optus equipment. eg. Optus Cable/Wires have come down, etc. You don't have to be an Optus customer to report a hazardous situation to us.

How do I check for outages and mass service disruptions?


You can visit our service & network status page to check for any known outages or service disruptions to our Mobile, Broadband and Fixed Phone networks in your local area.

Just enter your city/suburb name to stay up-to-date on any planned repairs, maintenance or outages in your area. The network status and service page can be found at www.optus.com.au/networkstatus.

Mass service disruptions

If an area/region has been officially declared as part of a mass service disruption, it will be published on this page on the Optus website and in major newspapers.

More information on mass service disruptions and the Customer Service Guarantee (CSG) can be found here.

What should I expect from Optus during a mass service disruption?

Optus will always work to resolve any service disruptions as quickly as possible. However, during times of mass disruption like floods, bushfires and other extreme conditions it can sometimes take longer than expected.  

There are a number reasons why these delays can occur:

  • The safety of the general public and that of our technicians are always our primary concern
  • Both the size and the location of a mass service disruption directly impact the time taken to rectify services
  • Local network infrastructure that requires repair may not be accessible due to hazardous conditions or as access has been restricted by emergency services or other government agencies.
  • There may be a need for other utilities to restore services such as mains power, first.
  • We may need to restore the 'backbone' of the region's network before we can work in a local area. As local mobile base stations, exchanges and other network facilities require connecting or supporting infrastructure to be up and running before more localised facilities can resume normal operations.