Find Out If Your Suburb Is Included In The NBN's Three-Year Roll Out Plan

With the news of Blacktown's addition to the NBN this morning, one can't help but wonder when their suburb will find itself plugged into the high-speed fibre network (if it continues as planned). Somehow hearing the country's collective thoughts, the office of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy today released its roll out plan from now until 2016.

UPDATE: You can now check out and search the newly-added suburbs on a map over at Lifehacker.

The press release, which can be found on the MBCDE website, declares that by June 30, 2016, 4.8 million homes and businesses will either be hooked up to the NBN, or in the process of being connected.

Sandwiched between statements criticising the Coalition's recently announced strategy for Australia's broadband future, the announcement provides the following figures, which paint a picture of connectivity state by state (and territory):

An additional 406,100 premises in New South Wales, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 1,416,
An additional 303,000 premises in Victoria, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 994,600
An additional 255,700 premises in Queensland, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 934,300
An additional 181,500 premises in Western Australia, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 610,700
An additional 117,700 premises in South Australia, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 445,000
An additional 45,000 premises in the Australian Capital Territory, bringing the total number of premises with construction commenced or complete to more than 180,300
In the Northern Territory, the rollout of the NBN will be complete for more than 65,400 premises by the end of 2015.
In Tasmania, the rollout of the NBN will be complete for more than 208,400 homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

These numbers, however, aren't as interesting as the massive list of suburbs attached to the release. The list covers the locations that will be connected to the NBN, or in the process of being connected, by June 2016.

"Our internet needs are growing and we simply can't rely on the ageing copper network that was designed for telephones, not high-speed broadband," it quotes Senator Stephen Conroy as saying. "By the time today's Year 7 students finish high school, their household's internet needs will have increased six-fold — we need the NBN to meet our needs now and into the future".

According to Senator Conroy, the current strategy put forward by the Coalition would have people "in the regions forced to pay more for their broadband than those in the city".

On the other hand, "everyone will be connected at no cost" under Labor's plan.

[Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy] [ABC]

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    Nope. The closest suburb to Tweed with the rollout is Murwillumbah. Beats me why those country rednecks are getting it before the largest town in the entire shire :S

      Brisbane Bayside (Canon Hill to Victoria Point) misses out. That includes Wynnum, Manly, Capalaba, Cleveland, Victoria Pt, Wellington Point, etc. Most of these places on ADSL and ADSL2+ are well below the promised speeds - majority of them falling into 3-4Mbits... Most of these places are also less than 30min from the Brisbane CBD yet they are excluded form the 3, 5 and 10 year plan - so WTF gives?....

      Last edited 05/05/13 6:04 pm

        I've no idea. Some of the choices of where to install the NBN first baffle me. I thought Tweed given it has 2 uni's, 3 high schools & another 6 or 7 primary schools, a hospital & plenty of booming business we would see it a bit sooner, but apparently not :S

          Marginal electorates and safe Labor seats. Gotta get those votes somehow.

            Well where I am it's held by Labor federally, but state it's the CoUNTry/National Party.. So they should really think about it I say :P

    I wish it would hurry up. According to the NBN map the construction of the NBN is one street away from me.

      For me, the otherside of my road get it this year but I don't get it until 2015. Might have to set up a router on the other side

    Not on the list :(

    Nope, as i have said previously, my suburb/ area would be one of the last areas in Australia for the NBN to be rolled out to.

    The NBN is excruciatingly close to my area and i thought they might have extended it out but no, so close yet so far.

    Tony Abbot, don't ruin the bloody internet for Australia you nonce!

    I'm on the list! Now all Labor have to do is win this election...

    Cranbourne, Cranbourne West, Cranbourne South and Cranbourne East, but NOT Cranbourne North?! Seriously WTF?! >:(

      I feel ur pain.. every where around my area seems to b getting it.. but not mine.. same with Telstra's 4G coverage.. every area around mine has it.. but mine misses out..

      I want a #HTCOne for it's: ohh wait i already got one! Awesome phone!

    One single suburb over in Ellen Grove. Yet-a-fucking-gain Forest Lake misses out. For fucks sake.

      You live in Forest Lake? I live in Forest Lake!

      Maybe we should team up and steal the NBN?

        I like your thoughts... I propose...

        Step 1: We steal a telstra van
        Step 2: ....
        Step 3: Profit.

        With these clear, precise instructions, which I figure is how Telstra operates on a day to day basis, we CANNOT LOSE!

          I think even Telstra's plan is less complicated than yours :p

          In my Experiance Telstra works like this.

          #1 Drive close to the house your supposed to be at.
          #2 Call them, 1 ring only.
          #3 Say you weren't home.
          #4 Make an appointment a week later, than cancel it.
          #5 Expedite it, when customer threatens to upload Video of Telstra driving past but not stopping and is answering the phone instantly.
          #6 Curse this computer technology.

    No katoomba........

    Dammit! Regents Park makes it on, but none of the other surrounding ones seem to.

      Methinks someone got on their knees... seriously, noone gives a f*** about Regents park...

        Regents Park is a Labor stronghold.... what you expect? Gillard is rolling this out to strong hold seats first and foremost, then the rest are on the 5yr to infinity plan...

          Federal divisions usually cover multiple suburbs.

          I live in Forest Lake, part of the Oxley division which has been held by Labor since 1998. Forest Lake is not on the 3 year rollout plan.

          I also don't understand the logic of giving it to safe labor seats anyway. Wouldn't it make more sense to give it to marginal liberal seats so they could potentially be swayed?

        Or they've been to Liza's Pizza. Then they'd give all the fucks.

    Sweet, nearly all the Southern Highlands made it on!

    Yay to me! Another decade on 3G Wireless with Bigpond's crappy excuse for a download quota! Once again, they left out the main town in the Lockyer Valley, leaving me with still nothing other then NextG 'Mobile' (Router and everything like Broadband/ADSL, but it is classed as mobile for BP so there's only up to 15 gb of quota at $120/mth) Wireless. I am just counting the days when my net will be too slow to connect to any website, or a major patch for Windows/any game denies me access until it is done. There is nothing stopping them from setting up a fixed wireless tower nearby, I'm too far to get ADSL anyway

    Someone elect me PM, and NBN goes to who needs it first, not the areas already with fibre/cable.

      Holy shit suddenly my DSL2 first world problems seem minute compared to yours...

    Mount Morgan before Gracemere? WTF NBN Co.

      Mt Morgan is held by LNP by only 0.6% of the vote. Maybe a carrot has been dangled?

    My e-peen extension is 3 years away (or less). Also, I'm an NBN supporter. I am. But I'll be going a base plan. So 25Mbps here I come, with any luck. (Which will be actually achievable, unlike the Coalitions promised 25Mbps).

    Why doesnt the Government go to centerlink, and get some semi qualified guys/girls and train them up!

    There is more wrong with this country and things that need sorted than having faster broadband wish people woud get a grip. Voting on one party or the other based on broadband speed is a joke and no am not in favour of either party. People need jobs,houses, better roads and healthcare before downloading faster movies

      Maybe it's good idea to think of a larger picture when looking at a project as massive as the rollout of the NBN, here's a tidbit of data based info on just two of your points, because the NBN isn't really just about internetz now, is it? It is directly associated with increased employment opportunities (both during construction and after completion) and significantly improved health care (in areas which desperately need it, such as regional and remote areas, the only areas with significant issues relating to health care compared to Australia and the rest of the world). By 2012 the rollout of the NBN had created 800 new jobs in Tasmania, 400 new jobs in Victoria, 50 New jobs in North Sydney, 130 new jobs in the Gold coast and at the peak of its rollout it's expected to create 16,000 jobs. After rollout is completed it's expected to create, at the least, 25,000 new jobs (that's an additional $8.3 billion whacked on top of Australia's GDP). They're the jobs i found from a few articles it took about 5 mins to research on the internet just then, along with projected figures from economic reports commissioned prior to the creation of the NBN. Now with regard to health care - hospitals, GP's, remote medical facilities, medical research institutes, the aged care sector and the disability care sector have all stated the potential benefits in their respective area's the NBN will provide if fully implemented. Nurses are able to monitor patient's with chronic or life threatening illness on a minute by minute basis remotely, allowing them to remain up to date on patient's condition and saving lives. There's plenty of tech developed for these reasons, all we need however is reliable internet at great enough speeds. Specialist medical care can be provided to remote health services where it's impossible (or 'economically infeasible') to have fly in-fly out specialist services, and where patients are unable to afford to travel large distances for specialist consults which can be ongoing and difficult to obtain appointments. I could go on about health, but i'm just going to copy and paste for this bit.
      "Lobley (1997) outlined a number of potential cost savings from telehealth including reducing the costs of patient movement (ambulances, aircraft etc.), reducing the costs of moving staff (transport, travel and accommodation), reducing the opportunity costs of time spent travelling, reducing the rates of diagnostic testing, savings from more appropriate and effective care delivery, and reduced travel and service costs to patients (including out-of-pocket expenses).
      In 2003 it was projected that the net cost savings from a limited range of telehealth services (including telepsychiatry, teleradiography, foetal ultrasound and staff education & training) to be nearly $2 billion. However unsurprisingly the study also showed that there were diminishing returns based on the extensiveness of the network (Access Economics 2003)."

      An adequete National Broadband Network can be implicated in and apply to all sorts of social, financial, healthcare, economic and infrastructure development, in fact the Institute of a Broadband Enabled society based at the University of Melbourne has commissioned a boat load of research into these impacts and what it would mean to have an ample broadband network. Here's some links if you're interested. It's a pretty interesting read and it's interesting to know how much broadband counts towards overall development of a society. The world is progressing fast, and we need to keep up with it.

    Nothing west of Brisbane between Indooroopilly and Ipswich. Screw that.

    strange that there doesn't seem to be any real priority on the NBN going to areas that actually need it more

    I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

    Yay for me. I just checked the maps and we're getting the NBN sooner than what it originally stated.

    I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

    Since I live in one of the areas that won't have NBN until 2016 (if ever) I am impressed by the ambitious goal they have set for themselves. As long as they have contracts setup for the installation of these areas before September, then I think things will work out.

    I want the #HTCOne for its: Beats Audio

    Unless construction has already commenced now, I don't think anything can be locked in before the election- it's only 4 months away.
    This cynical ALP press release promises fibre to the home to a whole bunch of new places that will probably never get it. Just a political tactic.

    >Implying we'll ever see the NBN on the Northern Beaches ;_;

    There once was a man from Victoria
    Who's internet was so slow it'll bore ya'
    Both labor and liberal spouted their dribble
    So I guess for me it's still dial up!

    The NBN construction stops literally one street from my house. INTERNET GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME!!!!!!

    I want the #HTCOne for its: Screen


      - Make friends with a neighbour who WILL be getting the NBN (this is important).
      - Convince him to sign up to the NBN (perhaps offer to share to cost).
      - Get a realy long cable, even get a fibre optic one to make it feel more legit.
      - Connect it to a router in your house.
      - Throw out that 56k modem and enjoy fast(er) internets

      I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

      Last edited 06/05/13 8:51 am

        You could always get them to have a connection installed on one of the additional ports and you use that port and pay for the port- so that you are not sharing his/her connection.

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