Sep 2012 New developments industry newsletter

Welcome to issue #3 of the new developments eNews. eNews seeks to provide developers and builders with an awareness of the requirements for supporting their new developments with NBN fibre.

Disclaimer: The information on this page may no longer be current and is provided for educational and historical purposes. You should not rely solely on this information. 

NBN Co's updated Corporate Plan released


In early 2011, NBN Co began the process of building the capability to enable Developers to lodge applications for NBN fibre to enable large new developments to be connected to the National Broadband Network ('NBN'). As of 30 June 2012, NBN had received about 2,589 applications from developers for NBN fibre, covering approximately 132,000 lots.

As of 30 June 2012 a total of 428 Network Design Documents ('NDDs') had been issued for the connection of new developments, with 10,054 lots passed and 503 premises having been connected.

Last month, NBN Co released its 2012-2015 Corporate Plan. The plan outlines NBN Co's commitment to connect all Australian premises to the NBN over the remaining nine years of this 10 year project. By December 2012, it is expected that construction will have been commenced or completed for approximately 758,000 premises, and approximately 3.5 million premises by mid 2015.

Roll out of NBN fibre to existing suburbs will also support the connection of smaller new developments within these suburbs ('in-fill development'), as well as supporting connection of any adjacent large new developments.


Fibre application tracker now available


In response to requests for a method of being able to quickly check the status of applications to NBN Co for a fibre connection, a new online tool for Developers has been launched. The Fibre Application Tracker allows Developers to track all fibre applications and request both a list of all applications and also details of a specific application.

The information requested will be sent via email; therefore you must be listed as a contact for the fibre application to receive the relevant information. The Fibre Application Tracker will enable Developers to monitor the progress of fibre applications - if there are any discrepancies with the information please contact the Developer Liaison Advisor for your region.


How this works:

  • Enter contact email address and application reference number.
  • The system will then check if the email address entered is linked to an application.
  • Nominate who is to receive the email by selecting either:
    • Option 1: Just me; or
    • Option 2: All contacts connected to this application (e.g. developer and consultant).
  • Nominate what information is required by selecting either:
  • Application details will then be sent to the contact email address or addresses.


Update! Move to optional battery back-up

The NBN Co Corporate Plan for 2012-2015 references a change to the battery back-up process. The Government has made the decision to move from mandatory deployment of the battery back-up unit to an optional deployment model. This means in the future end users will be able to choose whether or not they require battery back-up.

NBN Co has not yet implemented the optional deployment. Developers should therefore proceed as usual at this stage and follow the existing process for rolling out the NBN fibre in new developments.

Further updates will be advised in forthcoming editions of eNews.

MDU building design requirements revised


One of the key requirements of NBN Co in respect of multi dwelling unit developments is the provision of sufficient space within the MDU building risers and basement facilities area to allow NBN Co to install the NBN fibre infrastructure.

Following requests from cabling contractors, the MDU Building Guide - New Developments has been revised as of the 23 August 2012 to include recommended content for design drawings (refer Figures 5 to 7) and a check list to ensure that design drawings are adequate for the cabling activity to be carried out by NBN Co (refer Appendix D).

Connecting homes to the NBN - equipment pre-install

To enable a smooth and efficient connection to the National Broadband Network, builders may request a pre-installation of the in-home equipment supporting NBN access.

The process is intended to accommodate completion of home construction independently of the construction of the pit and pipe infrastructure external to the premises. The approach minimises disruption to residents moving into these homes and simplifies the developer's project and site management activities.

At lock up stage, provided the conduit path has been completed, all homes should be booked in with NBN Co for an in-home equipment installation as part of fit-off activity. Equipment installation enables residents to contact their preferred RSP to arrange service activation upon moving in to their new home. (NTD pre-installation is only available at new estates where NBN Co has been engaged to supply fibre).

Builders need to call 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626) to request a 'NTD Pre-Install' and make an appointment. The following will be required:

  • Development Name
  • Premises Address/Location
  • Do the premises have power available? If not, what is the expected power connection date?
  • Number of Premises
  • Confirmation that the conduits are in place
  • Preferred date for the NTD Pre-Install to occur

Once a request has been made, NBN Co will be in contact to confirm the date and time for the NBN equipment Pre-Installation.

Multilingual translations


NBN Co has recently released multilingual versions of our 'Getting Connected' brochure and NBN User Guide. NBN Co recognises that for many Australians English is not the primary language spoken at home. To help all Australians understand how they get connected to the National Broadband Network, as well as how to use their NBN Co equipment, the documents have been translated into the following nine languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Khmer
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese.

The Getting Connected brochure and NBN User Guide are the first documents to be translated, with others to follow.