The TIO is an independent dispute resolution service for small business and residential consumers in Australia who have a complaint about their telephone or internet service. We do not take sides. Our goal is to settle disputes quickly in an objective and non-bureaucratic way.
This website is designed to give you general information about who we can help and how we can help you. If we can look at your complaint we will talk you through the process in detail every step of the way.
Our role is to help consumers and service providers resolve complaints.
When we help resolve complaints we take into account:
- relevant laws
- good practice (including industry codes)
- TIO position statements
- potential vulnerability of the consumer, and
- what is fair and reasonable.
We use a number of methods to help you reach an agreement with your service provider.
We refer your complaint to the service provider to give you another chance to fix it together.
We will talk with you and the service provider to help you reach an agreement. For more information, read our factsheet on conciliation.
If you cannot reach an agreement, we may investigate the complaint and ask for evidence to support your claims.
If we are not satisfied the matter has been resolved, the Ombudsman can decide the resolution of the complaint. Decisions by the Ombudsman are binding on service providers.
It’s important to remember that we can’t promise you any particular result.
We do not fine or penalise service providers.