Complaints Handling Policy
Powercom Pacific prides itself on its commitment to resolve complaints in a prompt and satisfactory manner in order to promote and achieve excellent customer service and customer satisfaction.
You have a right to complain, and if you do we will deal with your complaint in a fair, efficient, objective manner and through a transparent process.
We strive to solve any problems you may have during your first contact with us.
Our complaint handling process complies with the requirements of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code C628:2012 (TCP Code) and responsibility for compliance with the process lies with our Chief Executive Officer.
Free of charge:
We will not charge you for dealing with your complaint in most instances, and we will never charge you without telling you first.
We may charge you to recover our costs in very specific circumstances only, i.e. we may charge you where you request information that was collected more than two years ago or where you request information that is not free of charge as per our Standard Form Customer Contract or our Critical Information Summary.
If cost recovery charges apply, we will tell you before charging you (and you may of course choose not to pay and discontinue your complaint) and we will inform you about your options for external dispute resolution, e.g. the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).
How to make a complaint?
If you have a disability or do not have English as your first language, the Australia Government provides services to assist in understanding and communicating with us. The National Relay Service contact number is 133 677. The number for the Translating & Interpreting Service is 131 450.
Powercom Pacific customers may lodge a complaint by the following methods;
Suite 2 Level 1 182 Latrobe TCE
Geelong West 3218 VIC
Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm AEST/AESDT
1300 731 503
Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm AEST/AESDT
Fax: 03 5292 1230
Attention: Operations Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website www.powercompacific.com.au
PO Box 1749
If you are calling us from a landline, your call to our national or 1300 number is billed at your local rate. Note that calling us from a mobile may be more expensive. We will help you formulating, lodging and progressing your complaint if you request this.
Of course you can appoint an authorised representative or advocate to make a complaint on your behalf. For help with how to appoint an authorised representative, please call us for more information.
What we will do:
We will acknowledge your complaint immediately if you complained in person or talked to us over the phone, and within 2 working days if you have lodged your complaint through any other channel including where you left a message on our answering machine (e.g. outside our office hours).
When we acknowledge your complaint we will give you a unique reference number or similar to enable you to easily follow up on your complaint. We will also give you an indicative timeframe for resolving your complaint. You can follow up on your complaint by calling our office directly on 1300 731 503
Our goal is to always fix your problem during your first contact with us.
Sometimes this is not possible and we need to investigate the matter. We will then agree with you on how to fix your problem (this may include waiving of fees or other commercial solutions) and advise you accordingly within 15 working days of receiving your complaint. We will advise you in writing if you request this.
Occasionally it may take longer than 15 working days to investigate your problem and in this case we will explain why and give you a new expected timeframe.
If the delay is more than 10 working days (and is not the result of a Mass Service Disruption) we will also inform you about your options for external dispute resolution such as the TIO.
We will implement all actions required to fix your problem within 10 working days unless you agreed otherwise or unless you have not done something that we needed you to do and we cannot proceed because of this.
What if your complaint is urgent?
Your complaint will be treated as urgent
- if you have applied for being in financial hardship under our Financial Hardship Policy and the issue you are complaining about directly contributes to the Financial Hardship you are experiencing, or
- if your service has been disconnected or is about to be disconnected and due process has not been followed, or
- if you are receiving Priority Assistance (e.g. because of a severe medical condition) for the service you are complaining about.
In this case we will agree with you on how to address the issue and implement all required actions to fix the issue within 2 working days. If there is a delay, we will explain why, provide you with a new expected timeframe, and if it is a longer delay also inform you about your options for external dispute resolution such as the TIO.
If you are unhappy with our efforts:
If you tell us that you are not satisfied with the complaint timeframes, its progress or the outcome or if you tell us your complaint ought to be treated as urgent, we will escalate your complaint internally. If you are still dissatisfied, we will inform you about your options for external dispute resolution such as the TIO.
We will never cancel your service only because you have contacted an external dispute resolution scheme.
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO)
We encourage you to always contact us first if you experience any problem or are unhappy. We will do our best to solve your problem during our first contact.
You can contact the TIO as follows:
Phone: 1 800 062 058
Fax: 1 800 630 614
The services of the TIO are free of charge.