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.

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 Coalition, the NBN rollout is ahead of schedule and on-budget.

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


The NBN is now available to more than half of all Australian premises, or more than 6.2 million premises. It now has over 3.5 million active connections (as at February 2018).

All Australian premises will be connected by 2020.

The Coalition’s NBN is connecting more users every two weeks than Labor connected in six years of Government (around 25,000 premises per week are being connected under the Coalition, compared to 51,000 premises after six years of Labor).

The NBN is on-track to be available to more than two-thirds of Australian premises in 2018, and more than nine out of ten premises in 2019. All Australians will be connected by 2020.

Two-thirds of the NBN rollout is now complete in regional Australia, with one-third complete in metro areas.

We’re now rolling out a multi-technology mix, just like the USA, UK, Germany, France and many more countries. The NBN multi-technology mix will include fibre to the node (40%), fibre to the curb (8%), fibre to the premise (17%), HFC (27%), fixed wireless (5%), and satellite (3%).

NBN had revenues of $1 billion last financial year - up 138% on the previous year.


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 Coalition 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.

More than 80% of consumers purchase NBN plans offering speeds of 25Mbps or less. Fewer than one in five users purchase 100Mbps plans.

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

Under the Coalition, the NBN internet congestion has plummeted from nearly 5 hours to just 12 minutes — a 95 percent reduction in 12 months, and NBN’s performance is being tracked via a public dashboard on its website.

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

Information current as at March 2018