Section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 gives the Minister capacity to make grants of financial assistance to consumer bodies to support consumer representation in the telecommunications sector.

Section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 gives the Minister capacity to make grants of financial assistance to consumer bodies to support consumer representation in the telecommunications sector.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has received the entire funding allocation for its activities as the peak communications consumer body.

ACCAN also administers an independent grants program for research and representation projects. Please direct queries to ACCAN by telephone on 02 9288 4000 or via the ACCAN website.

The 2017–18 annual report on the funding of telecommunications consumer representation grants is available below.

The Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) (Paragraph 15(1)(d)) Determination 2019 (No. 1) sets out the amount for the purposes outlined in paragraph 15(1)(d) of the Act (i.e. the amount determined to be 'the estimated total amount of grants likely to be made during the financial year under section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997') at $2,296,000 for 2018–19 financial year. The Determination and Explanatory Statement for the Determination are available below.