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 its website.

The 2015-16 ACCAN annual report and Explanatory Statement for Determination under Paragraph (15)(d) No. 1 of 2017 of the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997 are available below.

Explanatory Statement - Determination Under Paragraph 15(1)(d) No 1 of 2017


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The Determination 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 $2,230,000 for 2016-17 financial year. A copy of the Determination can be found at