When Will The NBN Be Available In My Area?

Just how long will you have to wait until the National Broadband Network (NBN) becomes available in your area? Find out with this up-to-the-minute list of expected launch dates.

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The NBN is not happening in a hurry. Right from when it was announced back in 2009, the build prediction was at least seven to eight years, and 2015 is often mentioned as a likely date for completion of the main network. So while we're all happily brawling over details of the rollout and poring over the pricing that has been announced so far, the process is very far from complete.

In the list below, drawn from data from NBN Co, we've specified the first likely point when the NBN will be available in a given area. This is based on taking the date when construction work starts and adding 12 months, which is the rough approach NBN Co recommends. So take notice: it's a best estimate, not a commandment written in stone. As such, there are two important caveats: it's entirely possible that availability might happen earlier if construction proceeds well, and it's a certainty that not every home in a given area will have availability on this date.

NBN rollout is happening in stages. There's not a single switch-on date that covers all of a single town or locality, since network building continues after services have first become available, reflecting when fibre passes near your house. Plus, plans change with a project of this magnitude. You can get a better idea of the areas covered on the NBN Co rollout maps (note: link to big PDF file). (This list doesn't include rollouts where NBN Co has done deals with developers to roll out fibre-based services throughout a given development.)

We'll regularly update this list with new information as it comes to hand. Share ideas, corrections and thoughts in the comments.


Armidale, NSW Kiama, NSW Townsville, QLD Willunga, SA Midway Point, TAS Scottsdale, TAS Smithton, TAS Brunswick, VIC

May 2012

Sorell, TAS Triabunna, TAS

July 2012

Deloraine, TAS St Helens, TAS

August 2012

Coffs Harbour, NSW Dapto, NSW Port Augusta, SA Port Elliot, SA Yankalilla, SA

September 2012

Jamberoo, NSW George Town, TAS

October 2012

Richmond, NSW Penrith, NSW Goodna, QLD Toowoomba, QLD Modbury, SA Prospect, SA Bacchus Marsh, VIC

November 2012

Darwin, NT Aspley, QLD Mandurah, WA

December 2012

Lidcombe, NSW South Morang, VIC Geraldton, WA

January 2013

Blacktown, NSW South Hobart, TAS Launceston, TAS

February 2013

Sawtell, NSW Stirling, SA Applecross, WA

March 2013

Townsville City, QLD Casuarina, NT Aldinga Beach, SA

April 2013

Gosford, NSW Long Jetty, NSW Seaford / McLaren Vale, SA Ballarat Central, VIC Meadow Springs, WA Pinjarra, WA

May 2013

Kingston Beach, TAS Somerset, TAS Tullamarine, VIC South Perth, WA

June 2013

Strathfield (Homebush), NSW Nudgee, QLD Melton, VIC

July 2013

Riverstone, NSW Wollongong, NSW Strathalbyn, SA Melbourne City, VIC

Republished from Lifehacker.



    WA appears to get rear-ended again. Only 5 locations within the next 2yrs compard to so many in other states...plus only 2 of those are metropolitan. At this rate, I'll have NBN sometime before the heat death of the universe.

      WA keeps the country afloat with its mining boom, yet the Government wants to tax them, and as mentioned above wants to shaft them some more by introducing NBN in Eastern States.

        Awww WA has to pay a bit more after being subsidised by NSW and VIC for 100 years. I think the Hunter/QLD/etc might have something to say about WA having all the mines too. Mining employs far less people than tourism etc and it was the first to dump people when the GFC looked like it might affect us. This country needs to stop trusting random media hype on the way things are and actually note some facts. Mining is the cream keeping us stupidly wealthy not keeping us afloat. We waste about $20 billion on gambling each year, that's half WAs mining industry right there.

      There's only 5 in QLD too. One of those is in a ghetto where the people won't be able to afford it on their dole cheques.

        Only 6 people live in WA, the remainder fly in from the east coast to work in the mines and fly home after work. Which is to say that most of the money and labour to develop the mines comes from the rest of Australia, not WA. So stop fantasising about how badly done by you are and enjoy your life.

          Why did that south park episode just come to mind?

          "Theerrr teekkk errr jeebbbsss"

          Obviously it's hard to fathom the idea of what it's like to be western australian without actually being from WA.
          You're just justifying the rest of australia's actions. So you should work for your keep, we still possess the resources, and your job.
          The only thing we don't possess is some sort of "pride" for this current government.

      Yeah ah matt WA has 6, the same as VIC. QLD has 5, so what the hell are you on about?

        Wrong Fred, its 5, Meadow Springs is Mandurah

          Or NT which has one.

    Hooray no plans for Sydney....... jerks

      Errum! These projections aren't the full list. That and these 'random' no where towns are more about upgrading the backbone infrastructure.

      ISP's will do the rest themselves, as the NBNco is not the only entity in this system...

        "ISP’s will do the rest themselves, as the NBNco is not the only entity in this system"

        Ahhhh, sweet :)

        ISPs are not doing the rest. The NBN is a FTTH solution (Fibre To The Home), i.e. the entire fibre network is being built by NBN Co. ISPs will simply lease services on their equipment, much like they currently do from Telstra. You won't get a NBN service until NBN Co lay cable in your street. If you suburb isn't on this list, you'll have to keep waiting.

    I love the tiny "Republished from Lifehacker." text at the end of this lol

    I'm not going to hold my breath. I have a sinking feeling we're all going to get shafted. As I wrote on the Lifehacker article - Armidale didn't get a full rollout. Only about a 1/3 of the town did (I'm being generous with that 1/3 too). It's another half-assed government "initiative".

      Not only is it half assed and never going to get anywhere but its also costing what $24bn? Yeah that's awesome.

      Also all the farmers want their high speed net connections right? Not you know businesses and say the majority of people.

        I imagine the view from inside the tiny bubble you live is quite distorted. Possibly due to light refraction.

        I live in a rural Australian town and I've never met a farmer.

    No plans for my area, as expected..

    Why have I never heard of most of these places? And as harsh as it sounds, why the hell are places in the middle of bum F*** Idaho getting the NBN in the first place. If you want to live in country bumpkin towns, you can make do with country bumpkin technologies.

    No Brisbane, No Newcastle, No Sydney? Who are they kidding. People who want and are willing to pay for the NBN live in big population places. OMG what a surprise!

      The original intent of the NBN rollout process and reaffirmed in the deal with the independents was that Country areas that have little or no current broadband infrastructure were to be higher priority than those areas already well served. Hence, no -major- capital cities yet.
      That is how I understand it.

      And if you want to live in a city you better hope someone wants to live in a country bumpkin town. No farming = no city. ChrisP is right. The object is to give it to the worst first (while setting up the backbone) so if it's killed off the majority will still get it via private investment.

    NBN fail. No NBN in Melbourne till 2013? It's a joke.

      Melbourne CITY too. Nothing about the suburbs of Melbourne.

        How to lose a stuff load of money - do not roll it out to those that want it and will pay for it. Not only is it only Melbourne CBD - not even Fitzroy, Carlton, Collingwood, North or South Melbourne, Prahan, St Kilda, Richmond, East Melbourne, Elwood, Brighton, Port Melbourne.

        Please throw away more money by rolling out to your least likely customers.

      Yes, because you poor Melburnians, who already have access to a non-monopolised ADSL2+ infrastructure definitely need it before those trendy regional citizens who get a mix of dial-up, expensive satellite, unstable wireless or maybe an ADSL1 connection of they are very lucky.

    aren't they still in the testing phase hence the not full roll out, so essentially these locations are designed to test a range of environments before doing the full rollout. for instance the NT roll out, if I recall correctly, is only for 3,000 premises.

    If you aren't happy with the NBN rollout then you should have campaigned for Labor at the last election. Prioritising regional communities was important to getting the independents on side. That wouldn't have been needed if Labor had done better in the last election.

    As much as I would love the NBN some of the QLD sites make sense - Goodna and Toowoomba were both hit by the January floods. The NBN could be a good boost to get businesses to relocate to the area.

      Or you could have voted for a smarter party like say.

      Liberal and rolling out a cheaper more effective ADSL2+ to regional areas AS THEY DONT NEED FIBRE WTF!

        Yes, because patching up old technology that was originally designed for voice only is a much better idea than fibre.

        Copper doesn't make sense in regional Australia because you need to be within a certain distance of the exchange to get a reasonable speed.

        How do you know that people in regional Australia don't need fibre?

        So, you feel that you can decide whether or not regional areas need fibre? You think that ADSL2+, which runs over outdated copper technology, is a better option? You think that in 2041, when the bandwidth requirements of basic internet services has grown exponentially, that people who are stuck with sub-12mbps connections will be thinking "Oh boy, I have minimal access to most of the internet, my business can't engage in e-commerce and I'm still paying out the nose, BUT HEY, at least the country saved itself a spending of 0.03% of the GDP on modern infrastructure!!"


          What a load of bullshit. By the time any REAL suburbs get NBN, 4G would be standard, cheaper, faster than any initial NBN speeds and a whole lot easier to upgrade (100mbps is just around the corner). Wireless internet will be the future standard of internet delivery, not fibre optics (especially to dual Australia). Ask yourself how many portable internet devices people use now as apposed to 5 years ago? You can't get portability from a cable! It's not the first time labor puke out an idea and end up laying an egg. Just ask any telecommunications technician what he thinks, you'll get the same answer. We should know, we build the fucking systems, not wet dream about them!

            What happens when 22.... Or even 50 million people are using 4G? Bet it's pumping out the 100 mbps then isn't it.....
            The country needs upgraded Internet ASAP. The 'real' suburbs or metropolitan areas already have a more adequate system (for the time being)

        Once again please accept another face slap right in your stupid face on behalf of regional Australia.

        After which please sew your fingers together to prevent further demeaning yourself by typing any more.

    I wonder if the Armidale and Wollongong sites cover the Universities there?

    I'd have thought that University sites and CBD sites around big business would be a priority to foster innovation and promote new internet services for the public to consume.

    Not how I would have done it..

      I'm at the Armidale university. We already had fibre lines going in before the NBN.

    Most of these places are lucky to get better than dial-up. You can all chill out and enjoy your whatever Mbps you're currently getting until it hits your area.

    I'm happy with what I have now, glad that the NBN Monopoly circus is not rolling through my town as yet. I am really concerned about the pricing they are passing on to wholesalers as they seem to be wanting to make a nice profit even though it was paid for by the taxpayer.

      So, taking from government coffers is bad but putting back into the coffers is also bad?


        No, the NBN should be run as non profit - in order to have lower prices that will benefit everyone.

          Essentially it *is* non-profit. NBN has set its pricing so as to achieve an overall return only slightly larger than the cost of borrowing (~7%). This allows the government to get a 'return' on its investment, thereby costing the taxpayer nothing, and keeps consumer pricing as low as possible.

          It's really a fantastic plan, everybody wins.

            Or everyone loses if there are insufficient customers which looks exceedingly likely given the current take-up. I love Governments being in business

              How will there be insufficient customers when it's the entire network (for most of the country)?

    WA and Vic are under represented at the moment as the construction contract for these states was signed many months after the contract for the other states

    I am glad I am not on that list.

    Melbourne complainers... really?

    Get a TPG Unlimited deal for peanuts, pull down 70GB/day and laugh at everyone else on high cost low quota.

      I'm doing exactly this in Perth. What I don't get is why this wouldn't suffice to rural areas? All they need is some proper copper laid out and they can get 21mb/s what does a rural area actually need fibre for?

      And why before the population dense areas?

        "All they need is some proper copper laid out"

        you realise this costs just as much as laying fibre, right?

          Hahaha! Not to mention "they'll all get 21Mbps". Yeah, as long as they also add a telephone exchange or two in every street.

        21mb/s??? HAHAHAHA!

        Keep dreaming! And regional Australian deserve blazing fast internet as well. There are businesses, hospitals and schools in regional Australia.

        On behalf of all regional Australians please accept this face slap in your stupid face.

        Because they would have to establish exchanges and lay extra copper wire, which would cost the same if not more than a fiber connection. To get an even DECENT speed on an adsl connection you need to be fairly close to an exchange, if you're not then basically bad luck. You gotta live with whatever speed you can get.

    Nice to see Canberra will see it at all in the next two years.. Motherfuckers.

    Looks like I'll be sticking with my ADSL1 connection for a while to come.

    Will neighboring suburbs have access to the planned locations?
    For example will suburbs around Blacktown have access to the connection in Blacktown?
    It was my understanding fibre can withstand more cabling distance than out current set of lines?

    Even though the area states Goodna, some of the surround sites can and will be hooked up as well. For example, I don't live at Goodna, but have been informed that the corridor from Springfield Lakes, Brookwater (which already has fibre), Augustine Heights (possibly Camira), part of Redbank Plains through to Goodna will be hooked to the NBN. Polaris is a datacenter located at Springfield Lakes. I guess it just depends what the are connecting the targetted suburb to. But to get connected to existing fibre for Goodna, would be from Springfield Lakes.


    Keep in mind, these are the EXCHANGES being upgraded... the actual suburbs they service are wider than just a single suburb.

    I'd expect most of the adjacent suburbs are upgraded as part of the roll out.

    Still, i'd be happy if I was off RIM already. I'm at a Brisbane metro address.... yet I battle with under 1mbit throughput each night thanks to RIM congestion, and no promises of an upgrade from Telstra as they don't want to waste money on 'unnecessary' upgrades.

    Of course they should do remote rural areas first. If they did the larger cities first then, all of a sudden, there'd be no money for rural areas. I don't like waiting for it to roll out in my area but if it means "all" Australians will be able to get onto the NBN then I fine with it.

    I'm predicting the whole technology will be outdated and superseded before they get even half way through the roll out.
    Technology moves very quickly and waits for no man.
    In two years time who knows what other technology will have come along that's cheaper and with considerably greater, if not global, coverage.
    I certainly would not be investing in it. But then I'm no expert. Unlike almost everyone else here it seems.

      You can make lots of airy predictions about ""technology" and breezily disparage everyone else's "expertise", but you only outline your ignorance by doing so.
      The prime thing here is "infrastructure".
      The copper network which is being replaced is old, old infrastructure. It can be used for a lot of things with newer and newer technology, but its bandwidth is inherently physically limited. Replacing that with superior infrastructure (optical fibre) that has a far, far higher potential bandwidth, is much more useful for future technology to take advantage of.

      You're basically arguing that we should keep of gravel corrugated roads and not "upgrade" to asphalt coated roads because "newer" tech will be available by the time its finished. Well the tech of the roads isn't the key thing, it's what USES them that matters- as with cables

      Superseded? Fibre, in the lab, has been able to carry speeds of up to 70,000gbps. To suggest that fibre will be superseded in 2 years (or possibly ever) is outrageous.

        Anything can be superseded, but the point is that this fact is irrelevant. Currently nothing else fits the bill for large scale cable projects and we don't know of anything else that will either. It's the best of the best. What he's talking about amounts to imagination.

    Damn, shouldn't have moved from Kiama to wollongong!!! Ah well, at least I don't feel bad about entering a 2 year optus ADSL lease..

    Yeah, I love how it's only little towns all over the place get it and no major city centres... When almost the entire population of the country lives on the coast and in major city centres and has done for over 100 years. Sure we mythologise about a fake past that Banjo Patterson invented about the country, but the fact is that most of us have always lived in the cities... And it was certainly like that in Patterson's time too.

    This is even more true in WA where the percentage of people not living in the major capital city is minute.
    The NBN is something we need, but this roll-out strategy is just a transparent parochial pork barrelling vote-winner.- This is coming from a staunch Labour supporter.

      And why is Tassie getting 11 by 2013? To crawl up one guys ass (he'd like that btw). 4G should be rolled out to rural areas, not cable. I can just hear the toilets filled with cash being flushed as I write.........

    I think they should have made a point of including university areas early on in the testing because, frankly, wi-fi is non-existent in most of the universities I've been to.

    I'm kind of stunned that Launceston is on the list and Newcastle - or the outer suburbs of Newcastle - aren't. But then, this was never going to be pretty.

    Of course most people live near the coast, greater access to food etc.

    But people still do live far away and do great things, they are happy with their lives and if they can support themselves than they should be free to live wherever it is reasonable.

    People of Australia wanted this NBN, now you're getting it. Rome wasn't built in a day. People have to be paid to build the infrastructure and the reason why a massive recruitment drive isn't occuring to lay it all out is because:

    * It needs to be done right
    * Businesses need to understand how to get the most out of the NBN
    * Not everyone will jump up straight away for it

    The third point is the best one. Yes with higher populations more people will want it. More people will also wait and see, while there will be more people to call it out and call it a massive waste of money. Then the project gets abandoned as if no one in the business districts take it up, than surely no one regional will either!

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