The Government is improving information in the community about access to telecommunications during natural disasters. Natural disasters can catch people unawares about the possibility of phones (mobile and landline) becoming unavailable. This can cause a great deal of distress and anxiety. We are working with state and territory governments and emergency service organisations to help make sure that people travelling or living in bushfire and disaster prone areas are aware of the need to consider a communication plan as part of their preparation for the bushfire season. To help prepare, read our ‘six things you should know’ about telecommunications in an emergency.
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These measures form part of the Government's $650 million National Bushfire Response Package: