Telecommunications Policy In Australia and People with
A tele-typewriter (TTY) is a device that
converts keystrokes on a keyboard into tone signals which
are transmirtted by electromagnetic energy along standard
telephone lines and converted into text by the receiving
A value-added telecommunications service
is a service delivered or accessed by telecommunications
means and involves the addition of significant value to the
basic switching and transmission functions in the form of
information processing, delay or other intervention. They
are significant revenue earners and signify an increasing
industry annually eg. 1991 -A$700 million; 1994- $750
million (BTCE, No.87, 1995, 62).
Link is a monthly magazine with a
national circulation that publishes issues of interest to
people with disabilites
In 1975, houshold penetration was 62%.
This figure had climbed to 80% by 1982. Current levels are
96.4% (Wilson & Goggin, 1993; Standard Telephone
Service Review, 1996, 29).
Telecommunications Act 1975 section 6(1)
See Section (6(1))Telecommunications Act
When historically identified between 1975
and 1992 Telecom is used; afterwhich Telstra is.
Yeatman also observes the bridge-building
power of the Commonwealth State Disability Agreement (1991)
between the Federal and State Governments:
The CSDA was the first new agreement between the
Commonwealth and the States in the context of new
federalism. In many ways it represented a
demonstration of political goodwill and cooperation
-an important precursor to the subsequent
negotiations which were anticipated to promote
micro-economic reform in relation to interstate
commerce (Yeatman, 1996, 19).
eg. professional or business groups with
more self-interested motivations (see Abbott, 1996)
DPI(A)'s National Secretariat dissolved
in 1995 following financial difficulties; but continues as
a voluntary organisation without Government funding.
Named after the Handicapped Persons
Assistance Act (1974) from which most disability services
received their authority (Lindsay, 1996)
Further integration would continue in
1994 with its replacement by the Australian Disability
Consultative Council whose members were appointed by
Ministers from various portfolios (Lindsay, 1996, 16)
In 1995 the councils were renamed the
Telstra Consumer Council (TCC) and Telstra Regional
The corporationsí trading name
Telecom changed to AOTC in 1992. AOTC was created out of a
merger between the local national carrier Telecom and OTC,
Australiaís international telecommunications
corporation. However TACC, TRCC and Telecom Disability
Services consultative committees were not changed until the
advent of Telstra in July 1995. At this time all Telecom
logos were changed to Telstra.
Vodafone commenced operation as a public
mobile telecommunications carrier in 1993. The charge
against the carrier was later dropped by AAD due to a
limited customer take-up.
Draft of 11 October 1999. Comments and Corrections Welcome
Copyright © Michael J Bourk & Tom Worthington 1999.