Our Plan

Issue 18

Fast, Efficient Broadband

Under Labor, the NBN was a complete mess.

After six years of Labor, just 51,000 users were connected to the NBN (1 in 50 premises).

Labor’s Fibre-to-the-premise NBN policy would have cost $30 billion more and taken six to eight years longer to complete.

This would have increased broadband bills by up to $43 per month ($500 per year).

Labor paid $6 billion for the NBN to pass just 3% of Australian premises. The rollout was so
badly managed, contractors downed tools and stopped construction work in four states.

Under Labor, the NBN missed every rollout target it set for itself. Under the Liberal and Nationals Government, the NBN rollout is ahead of schedule and on-budget.

The Government is rolling out better broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, so Australians can get access to fast broadband sooner at a price they can afford.


The NBN is now available to more than half of all Australian premises, or more than 7.6 million premises.

It now has around 4.5 million active connections (as at November 2018).

Our NBN is connecting around the same number of users every two weeks as Labor connected in six years of Government.Over 23,000 premises per week are being connected, compared to 51,000 premises after six years of Labor.

Two-thirds of Australian premises are now able to connect to the NBN. All Australians will be able to connect by 2020.

The NBN rollout is 98% complete or under construction in regional Australia, and 85% complete or under construction in metro areas.

We’re now rolling out a multi-technology mix, just like the USA, UK, Germany, France and many other countries.

The NBN multi-technology mix will include fibre to the node (41%), fibre to the curb (12%), fibre to the premise (17%), HFC (22%), fixed wireless (5%), and satellite (3%).


Labor’s NBN would have cost an extra $30 billion and pushed a typical home internet bill up by an extra $43 a month, or more than $500 a year.

The Liberal Nationals Government’s NBN rollout takes pressure off household and business internet bills. Our changes have saved taxpayers around $30 billion, avoided a $43 increase in monthly internet bills, and will connect all Australians at least six years sooner.

Our approach has allowed NBN to offer 50Mbps services discounted to the same wholesale price as 25Mbps services.

While Labor promised a significantly more expensive NBN with 1,000Mbps speeds, only 20% of users buy 100Mbps plans and less than 0.01% buy the top 1,000Mbps speed.

As the Productivity Commission observed in December 2016: “basic NBN packages currently on the market are at least 25% cheaper in metro areas and 14% cheaper in non-metro areas than the cheapest ADSL2+ plans.”

The Government has announced tougher consumer safeguards including directing the ACMA to put a stop to the handballing of complaints between telcos and NBN. We haveboosted the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's powers to help resolve complaints.

NBN Co had revenues of just under $2 billion last financial year – almost double the year before. NBN Co forecast annual revenues of more than $5 billion from 2021 onwards.

Information current as at November 2018