The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is Australia’s peak body for consumer representation and advocacy in communications. We represent residential consumers and small businesses including not-for profit organisations in so far as they are consumers. ACCAN focuses on goods and services encompassed by the converging areas of telecommunications, the internet and broadcasting, including both current and emerging technologies.
We aim to empower consumers to make good choices about products and services. As a peak body, ACCAN will activate its broad and diverse membership base to campaign to get a better deal for all communications consumers. Member groups include community legal centres, disability advocates, indigenous organisations, financial counsellors, regional organisations, farmers’ federations, parents groups, seniors organisations and other individual members.
The operation of ACCAN is made possible by funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia under section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. This funding is recovered from charges on telecommunications carriers.
ACCAN administers a Grant Scheme as part of its funding agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The aims of the Scheme are to support consumer research and representation that is aligned with ACCAN’s strategic plan.