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Australian Analogue TV Switch Off
 

Conroy sets Digital TV switchover timetable (October 20 2008)

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has released the timetable for the switchover to digital television. (Analogue TV Switch Off)

“The digital TV revolution is in full swing and Australians now know when they will need to be digital-ready,” Senator Conroy said.

“The digital television switchover is a challenge on the scale of the 1966 decimal currency change. The Rudd Government's region-by-region approach will ensure Australia is best placed to meet the 31 December 2013 deadline for analog switch-off.”

The Victorian region surrounding Mildura, which leads the nation with digital TV take-up, will lead with analog switch-off in the first half of 2010.

Under this timetable analog broadcasting will cease in the Mildura/Sunraysia district in a window between 1 January and 30 June 2010.

“The regional broadcasting licence covering the Sunraysia district in northern Victoria has the highest penetration of digital TV in Australia, at over 70 per cent of homes, so it makes sense to start there,” Senator Conroy said.

“This particular community is already well informed about the benefits of digital TV after the third commercial network entered the market in 2006 and drove take-up with digital-only broadcasts.”

“Depending on local conditions and community feedback I will set the final date within the switch-off window next year. Importantly people in this community now have plenty of notice to be digital-ready.”

“The Digital Switchover Taskforce will be working with broadcasters, retailers, antenna installers and the wider Sunraysia community throughout 2009 to ensure information is available to assist people to join the digital TV revolution,” Senator Conroy said.

The Taskforce is developing an extensive labelling scheme for digital-ready TV equipment and services and will launch a communication campaign to raise awareness of the label to assist consumers early next year.

Broken Hill in NSW and Mt Gambier, Riverland and Spencer Gulf in South Australia will turn off analog broadcasts in the second half on 2010 and the rest of regional Victoria in the first half of 2011.

Regional Queensland, excluding remote western and northern areas, will switch-off analog in the second half of 2011. The major regional centres of NSW will switch-off analog in 2012.

Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Perth and Tasmania will switch-off analog in the first half of 2013 andSydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, remote western, central and eastern Australia will be digital-only by the end of 2013.

“After years of inaction by the previous Government, the Rudd Government has made a firm commitment to digital television switchover and is taking practical action to ensure a smooth transition,” Senator Conroy said.

Digital switchover is important for all Australians as it not only provides access to such things as better picture and sound quality and additional channels but it will also free-up spectrum which can be used for the delivery of new and improved broadcasting and communications services.
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Date:               19 October 2008
Contact:          Tim Marshall     (Minister's Office)                         0408 258 457
                        Liam McKay      (Digital Switchover Taskforce)     0405 282 312

Type

Switchover Area

Major Centres

Analog Switch-off Window

VIC

Mildura/Sunraysia

Mildura

1 January – 30 June 2010

SA

Broken Hill

Broken Hill

1 July – 31 December 2010

SA

Riverland

Renmark and Loxton

1 July – 31 December 2010

SA

Mt Gambier/South East South Australia

Mt Gambier, Naracoorte and Bordertown

1 July – 31 December 2010

SA

Spencer Gulf

Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta

1 July – 31 December 2010

       

VIC

Gippsland

Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Mallacoota

1 January – 30 June 2011

VIC

North Central Victoria

Bendigo and Swan Hill

1 January – 30 June 2011

VIC

South West Victoria

Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham

1 January – 30 June 2011

VIC

Goulburn Valley /Upper Murray

Albury/Wodonga, Wangaratta and Shepparton

1 January – 30 June 2011

QLD

Wide Bay

Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Maryborough

1 July – 31 December 2011

QLD

Capricornia

Rockhampton, Emerald and Yeppoon

1 July – 31 December 2011

QLD

QLD Central Coast and Whitsundays

Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen

1 July – 31 December 2011

QLD

Darling Downs

Toowoomba,  Warwick and Dalby

1 July – 31 December 2011

QLD

North Queensland

Townsville, Ayr and Charters Towers

1 July – 31 December 2011

QLD

Far North Queensland

Cairns, Port Douglas and Innisfail

1 July – 31 December 2011

       

NSW

Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

Griffith and Hay   

1 January – 30 June 2012

NSW

South West Slopes and Eastern Riverina

Wagga Wagga and Gundagai

1 January – 30 June 2012

NSW

Illawarra and the South Coast

Wollongong, Ulladulla and Eden

1 January – 30 June 2012

NSW

Central Tablelands and Central Western Slopes

Dubbo, Orange and Mudgee

1 January – 30 June 2012

NSW

ACT and Southern Tablelands

Canberra, Thredbo and Cooma

1 January – 30 June 2012

NSW

North West Slopes and Plains

Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell

1 July – 31 December 2012

NSW

Richmond/Tweed

Byron Bay, Tenterfield and Lismore

1 July – 31 December 2012

NSW

Northern Rivers

Coffs Harbour, Forster and Grafton

1 July – 31 December 2012

NSW

Hunter

Newcastle, Port Stephens

1 July – 31 December 2012

       

Metro

Tasmania

Hobart, Launceston and King Island

1 January – 30 June 2013

Metro

Perth

Perth

1 January – 30 June 2013

Metro

Brisbane

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Noosa

1 January – 30 June 2013

Metro

Melbourne

Melbourne

1 July – 31 December 2013

Metro

Adelaide

Adelaide

1 July – 31 December 2013

Metro

Sydney

Sydney and Gosford

1 July – 31 December 2013

Remote

Regional and Remote Western Australia

Kalgoorlie, Broome and Bunbury

1 July – 31 December 2013

Remote

Remote Central & Eastern Australia

Darwin, Alice Springs and Mt Isa

1 July – 31 December 2013

 

 
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