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If a customer has a valid Health Care, Pensioner Concession or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card, they may be eligible for Telstra’s Starter Mobile Plan with a monthly recurring $19 credit.
Find out more about eligibility requirements.
We offer a range of ways to pay your bill that will fit your needs and budget.
- Direct debit: choose to pay either a one-off, fixed amount or have automatic deductions made from your nominated bank account or credit card.
- Centrepay: organise an automatic deduction from your Centrelink benefit payment.
You can organise Braille or large print bills by calling the Telstra Disability Enquiry Hotline (Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm EST).
Centrepay is an automatic deduction that you can nominate from your Centrelink benefit.
If you’re a Centrelink customer and a Telstra home phone customer, you can nominate an amount to be regularly deducted from your Centrelink payment (minimum $10 a fortnight) to your Telstra account. You remain responsible for paying any outstanding amounts.
To apply for Centrepay:
- visit a Centrelink Customer Service Centre
- apply from your myGov account
- go online to find more information and apply for Centrepay
- call Centrelink on 13 2300.
Note: The Centrepay deduction form will ask you for your “Service provider’s Centrepay Reference Number”. For Telstra, this is 555-052-438-T.
The Legal Lessee is liable for all charges incurred on their Telstra phone service. To change the Legal Lessee, the existing account must be cancelled, and a new account created for the relevant connection fee.
Where two people have lived in the same residence and the Legal Lessee moves out (or becomes deceased), the remaining person can have the service transferred to their name without cost if they keep the same number, take over any existing liability on the account, and the connection and disconnection occur at the same time. Otherwise a new service will be connected for the relevant connection fee.
Where a Telstra service is in the name of a partner who has passed away, it can be transferred to the surviving partner without cost. Otherwise, a new service can be started for the relevant connection fee.
To find out more, call 13 2200.
As an eligible customer, concession card holders can receive a monthly discount off their plan and also receive a waiver on late payment fees and fee-free payment options.
We're also happy to provide Telstra bills in larger print upon request, so they're easier to read.
To apply for the concession discount , call 13 2200 and have your concession card ready.
When applying for a new telephone service, an external credit check may be undertaken by us through an external credit reporting agency. If your application for a telephone service is unsuccessful because of information supplied by the credit agency, you are entitled to ask the agency for a copy of the credit information it holds about you.
We also list debts that are in default with two external credit reference agencies.
Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program gives you access to a range of phones and accessories to make calling easier. Products include big button phones and teletypewriters (TTY). The program offers specialised telephone equipment to eligible customers, which can be rented for the same cost as a standard telephone handset.
For more information:
Visit our disability services page or call our Disability Enquiry Hotline
- 1800 068 424 (Voice)
- 133 677 (TTY)
- Email us
For life threatening emergencies call 000. Tell the operator what you need – fire, police or ambulance – and you’ll be connected.
When reporting an emergency by calling 000, the telephone number and address you’re calling from may be given to the emergency service so that they can respond quickly. All calls to 000 are recorded.
People who use a teletypewriter (TTY) or a computer with modem to access the telephone network can contact emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) via the National Relay Service on 106. This service is not available to people who do not use text-based communication.
If you need a payment extension, please contact us as soon as possible after you receive your Telstra bill or reminder notification.
We may be able to arrange a payment plan where you can pay by instalments.
To find out more,
Telstra has a Financial Hardship Policy to assist you when circumstances impact on your financial commitments. We’ll work with you to set up a solution so that you can stay connected now and in the future.
For more information:
- call 13 2200 and request an extension of time to pay
- download the Telstra Financial Hardship Policy (PDF, 530KB)
If you hold a Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, you may be eligible for a Government Telephone Allowance, as included in the Pensioner Supplement or Seniors Supplement.
This is paid directly to you by the Australian Department of Human Services (Centrelink) and is separate to the Telstra Pensioner Discount.
For details of this allowance and eligibility requirements:
If you’re having trouble paying your bill on time, Telstra may be able to arrange a payment plan where you can pay by instalments. But please remember that if your bill isn’t paid by the due date you may be charged a late payment fee.
See also Extension of time to pay.
To find out more,
The Legal Lessee is the individual legal entity responsible for the Telstra telephone account, usually the person who requests connection of the service.
A Telstra telephone service may only have one Legal Lessee who is responsible for all charges on that service. You can request for your bill to be sent to joint names, and you may appoint others on your account to act on your behalf. However, the legal liability remains with the Legal Lessee.
See also Authorised representatives.
We understand that it's easy to lose sight of your mobile usage from month to month, and that's why we send you alerts to help you keep track.
To find out more, visit How do I check and manage my mobile data usage
Keep potentially high data usage down with some helpful ways to effectively manage your data and stay in control.
The Charity or Non-Profit Telstra Concession provides eligible organisations that are directly billed by Telstra for line rental and local calls with discounted line rental on a BusinessLine telephone service.
To find out more, call 13 2000.
Our Customer Terms set out the terms and conditions by which we provide products and services to our customers. We provide new customers with a summary of the relevant parts of Our Customer Terms, and you can see these documents on telstra.com or request copies at any time.
To find out more, visit Our Customer Terms.
Telstra provides free local and national calls to standard fixed line numbers and Australian mobile numbers on payphones across Australia. This means any Australian can now use all of our 15,000 payphones to make calls for free.
Telstra’s Teletypewriter (TTY) payphones enable people who are deaf or have a communication impairment to stay in touch. Find your local TTY payphone.
To find out more, including the location of your nearest payphone, visit our payphone services page.
The Priority Assistance Program is a free service designed to help customers (or someone living in your home) who have a diagnosed life-threatening medical condition and whose life may be at risk without access to a fully operational phone service.
To find out more, visit our Priority Assistance support page.
The Sponsored Access Program aims to provide a secure phone service for community organisations that operate crisis accommodation properties providing short-term shelter for people in crisis.
To find out more, visit our Information for community agencies page.
You can request that your name, phone number and suburb/town be made available in the White Pages® directory and other directory services, but not your street name and unit/house number. This may be a suitable alternative to a Silent Line. A monthly fee applies.
You can choose to have calling line identification blocking at no additional cost.
To find out more,
The Telstra Bill Assistance Program is aimed at assisting people who are experiencing financial difficulty and are having a problem paying their Telstra bill.
If you're experiencing financial difficulty and are unable to pay your Telstra bill, you may access a community agency for advice and help. After assessment you may receive Telstra Bill Assistance Certificates to help you pay your account. Telstra does not issue the certificates.
Participating community agencies include Anglicare Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, The Smith Family and others.
Self-service over the phone is an easy way to manage your Telstra phone services at any time of the day or night.
By ringing 13 2200 and saying some simple words you can:
- check your account balances
- hear the current call charges on your mobile pre-bill
- report a payment directly after making it (including with Telstra Bill Assistance Certificates)
- make a promise to pay (a payment extension).
Having an unlisted number means that your name, home phone number and address will not be published in the printed and online White Pages or available from Directory Assistance. There is no fee for an unlisted number. Find out more at Telstra Privacy.
To request an unlisted number call us on 13 2200
It’s important to know that being unlisted will not stop all unwanted telemarketing calls. Find out more about how to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls.