Experiencing financial difficulties

If you’re experiencing financial difficulty, our team can help you find the right assistance to keep you connected for as long as you need.

For Telstra Upfront Plans, please contact us on 1800 531 951 for support options.

For all other plans, if you’re having trouble paying your bills, you can:

If you prefer to talk to us, call 1800 531 951 or complete our contact request form. One of our team members will assess your needs and tailor the right assistance for you. 

As part of our Financial Hardship Policy (PDF, 103KB), we have a range of flexible options to discuss with you.  

Our Collection Policy (PDF, 182KB) provides more information on what happens when your bill remains unpaid  and how we can help you to stay connected.

Supporting you in many different ways

We are committed to helping you during these difficult times.

I need more time

Need more time to pay? We understand when you just need a little more time.

Australian Government support

The Australian Government has announced a range of support packages.

JobSeeker Payment

Support for eligible Australians looking for work. 

Suspend and resume services

Suspend your service

You can request to suspend one or multiple services that you don’t need right now for up to 90 days. You’ll receive a rebate on your monthly bill for the time your service is suspended.

Resume your service

You can resume any of the services that you’ve previously suspended. It can take up to 1-2 business days for the services to start working and you’ll start getting charged again on your next bill from the date your service is resumed.

Other support

Financial Counsellor assistance

If you’re experiencing more serious financial difficulties, you may also wish to seek free and independent advice from a community Financial Counsellor.

You can talk to a Financial Counsellor by calling the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 between 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. You’ll be transferred to the service for your state.

You can also visit MoneySmart.gov information to find your nearest Financial Counsellor.

Our access for everyone program and community partners

We understand that access to communications is vital. That's why our Access for Everyone programs provide services for people doing it tough.

We also work in partnership with over 2000 community agencies across Australia, including The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Anglicare Australia. These partners may be able to help you with your bill or may be able to provide you with a calling card or Pre-Paid credit if you have no other way to communicate with others.

Financial hardship FAQs

Need more help?


Have a question about financial hardship? Ask our Customer Forum.

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