The Legal Lessee is the individual legal entity responsible for the Telstra account, and is usually the person who requests connection of the service.
A Telstra service may only have one Legal Lessee who is responsible for all charges on that service. If you are the Legal Lessee, you can request for your bill to be sent to joint names, and you may appoint others as authorised representatives on your account to act on your behalf. However, the legal liability remains with the Legal Lessee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Dunn and Bradstreet (Australia) Pty Ltd, call 1300 734 806.
For Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Limited, call 1300 762 207.
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 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 installments.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Telstra Home Phone Pensioner Discount provides eligible pensioner customers with a monthly call discount on their Telstra home phone service.
As an eligible customer, pensioners also receive free access to Call Control, a waiver on late payment fees and fee-free payment options.
We’re also happy to provide Telstra bills in larger print, so they’re easier to read.
To register for the Telstra Home Phone Pensioner Discount, call 13 2200 and have your pensioner card ready.
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.
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.
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.
Telstra Home Phone Basic may be useful for people on a budget who don’t make many calls but still want an affordable phone service. It has a lower monthly line rental than the standard phone service, but call charges are slightly higher.
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.