CA welcomed the proposed changes but, in a statement on Tuesday, said the new record keeping rules proposed by the ACMA would not provide “meaningful comparative information for consumers”.
According to CA chief executive John Stanton, the proposed rules will be extremely costly to implement, “and will not contribute to the improvement of the consumer experience – neither for services supplied using the NBN, nor for other services”.
“Worse, the proposed RKRs will lead to providers diverting customer service resources away from addressing complaints, with no clear benefit to consumers.
CA has submitted its suggestions for improvements to the proposed new regulatory rules on the handling of consumer complaints.
As recently reported by iTWire, the Coalition Government has finally honoured a two-year-old promise, with Communications Minister Mitch Fifield announcing that it would carry out a Consumer Safeguards Review in the telecommunications sector.
Back in February 2016, the government acknowledged that adjustments needed to be made to existing consumer safeguards in order to stay up-to-date with changes to existing technologies and also to meet consumer expectations.
That reaction came in response to the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review report which made 12 key recommendations to improve telecommunications access in regional, rural and remote Australia.