Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the future direction of a universal service obligation (USO) in the telecommunications market.
- Issues paper 7 Jun 2016
- Draft report 6 Dec 2016
- Final report 28 Apr 2017
The issues paper covered a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.
Initial submissions were due by 21 July 2016.
The Commission sought further information and feedback on the draft report. Submissions were due by 20 January 2017.
This inquiry is complete. The final report was handed to the Australian Government on 28 April 2017.
The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.
Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.
The primary policy question to be addressed in this inquiry is to what extent, in the evolving Australian telecommunications market, Government policies may be required to support universal access to a minimum level of retail telecommunications services.
This involves a consideration of the nature, scope and objectives of a universal service obligation, whether the retail market for relevant services will deliver appropriate outcomes for consumers without Government intervention and, if not, what options should be considered by Government to deliver universal services and the costs and benefits of these interventions.