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Understanding the ACT Government Utilities Tax Charge

In 2007 the ACT Government imposed a Utilities (Network Facilities) Tax on the infrastructure of utility companies, including Telstra. The tax is applied to water, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure on a per kilometre basis and is over-and-above the ordinary costs Telstra incurs to provide telecommunications services. The rate is calculated each year by the ACT Government, and applies to infrastructure in the ACT, including Jervis Bay.

 

We charge our customers an amount, called the ACT Government Utilities (Network Facilities) Tax Charge, to partially recover our cost resulting from this Tax. It is important to note that this Charge is from Telstra and not the ACT Government.

 

The charge will appear on your bill in the 'Other Charges & Credits' section and will be called 'ACT Government Utilities Tax Charge'.

 

Which kinds of residential services are affected?

Our charge applies to our home fixed line services, excluding HomeLine Part, as well as a number of business services. You won't be charged if you only have Foxtel from Telstra and/or Cable Broadband.

 

Can I avoid paying the charge?

If you have an eligible Telstra fixed line phone service within the defined ACT boundaries or the Jervis Bay area listed below (by postcode), then you'll have to pay the charge.

 

A
2601 Acton
2602 Ainslie
2914 Amaroo
2614 Aranda
0200 Australian National University
B
2906 Banks
2620 Beard
2616 Belconnen
2617 Belconnen
2914 Bonner
2905 Bonython
2612 Braddon
2617 Bruce
2621 Bungendore
C
2905 Calwell
2612 Campbell
2600 Canberra
2601 Canberra
2609 Canberra Airport
2610 Canberra Business Centre
2610 Canberra MC
2600 Capital Hill
2913 Casey
2604 Causeway
2611 Chapman
2615 Charnwood
2606 Chifley
2905 Chisholm
2601 City Centre
2608 Civic Square
2906 Conder
2614 Cook
2611 Coombs
2611 Coree
2611 Crace
2605 Curtin
D
2600 Deakin
2600 Deakin West
2602 Dickson
2602 Downer
2611 Duffy
2615 Dunlop
E
2903 Erindale Centre
2617 Evatt
F
2904 Fadden
2607 Farrer
2611 Fisher
2615 Florey
2615 Flynn
2914 Forde
2603 Forrest
2615 Fraser
2913 Frankiln
2609 Fyshwick

G
2605 Garran
2905 Gilmore
2913 Ginninderra Village
2617 Giralang
2906 Gordon
2904 Gowrie
2900 Greenway
2603 Griffith
2912 Gungahlin
H
2602 Hackett
2618 Hall
2600 Harman
2914 Harrison
2614 Hawker
2615 Higgins
2540 HMAS Creswell
2600 HMAS Harman
2611 Holder
2615 Holt
2605 Hughes
2620 Hume
I
2607 Isaacs
2905 Isabella Plains
J
2914 Jacka
2614 Jamison Centre
2619 Jerrabomberra
2540 Jervis Bay
K
2617 Kaleen
2902 Kambah
2902 Kambah Village
2604 Kingston
2913 Kinlyside
2615 Kippax Centre
2615 Kippax
2620 Kowen
L
2615 Latham
2617 Lawson
2602 Lyneham
2606 Lyons
M
2904 Macarthur
2615 Macgregor
2614 Macquarie
2609 Majura
2603 Manuka
2607 Mawson
2617 McKellar
2615 Melba
2911 Mitchell
2904 Monash
2914 Moncrieff

N
2604 Narrabundah
2913 Ngunnawal
2913 Nicholls
O
2620 Oaks Estate
2602 O'Connor
2606 O'Malley
2903 Oxley
P
2620 Paddys River
2614 Page
2913 Palmerston
2600 Parkes
2607 Pearce
2606 Phillip
2609 Pialligo
R
2603 Red Hill
2612 Reid
2905 Richardson
2611 Rivett
2600 Russell
S
2614 Scullin
2615 Spence
2611 Stirling
2611 Stromlo
2609 Symonston
T
2913 Taylor
2620 Tharwa
2905 Theodore
2607 Torrens
2901 Tuggeranong Distribution Centre
2612 Turner
U
2617 University of Canberra
2611 Uriarra Village
W
2903 Wanniassa
2611 Waramanga
2602 Watson
2614 Weetangera
2611 Weston Creek
2611 Weston
2620 Williamsdale
2606 Woden
2540 Wreck Bay
2611 Wright
Y
2600 Yarralumla

 

Do other utility and telecommunication providers pay this tax?

Yes. The tax applies to the amount of physical infrastructure (in kilometres) installed by utility providers servicing ACT households and businesses. Each provider independently decides whether to recover the cost of the tax from customers.

 

To find out more about the ACT Government Utilities (Network Facilities) Tax imposed on utility suppliers such as Telstra, contact the ACT Government Revenue Office on 02 6207 0088 or check their website.

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