Preparing to connect to the nbn™ broadband access network
In most cases, granny flats that share the same address as the primary residence on a block of land cannot apply for a new nbn™ broadband access network connection – each connection must be linked to a unique address.
To connect granny flats to the nbn™ access network, you may need to extend your existing connection from the primary residence – by either extending the signal of your local Wi-Fi network, or by installing an additional service through a registered cabler.
Things to consider
If you’re in the process of applying for a new address (i.e. sub-dividing one address into two or more lots), and would like to connect it to the nbn™ access network, then you should apply as a new development.
Your provider may be able to assist you with an additional service. Be sure to discuss your plans with your provider before commencing any work as additional services may incur extra charges or require specific requirements.
If your address doesn’t appear when you check your address, or if you would like to request an additional connection on a property with more than one residence on it, you’ll need to contact a phone and internet provider. The provider will contact nbn to assist in making these changes.
As part of the process, your provider may request information such as the coordinates of the property you wish to connect, and proof that the property is occupied.
New or under construction
By being nbn™ ready, you’ll have the opportunity to create a connected environment that helps make the most of services over the nbn™ broadband access network.
If you are building or moving into a new home, all you need to do is ask your developer or builder if they have applied to connect to the nbn™ access network.
Renters and landlords
Connecting to the nbn™ broadband access network may require nbn™ supplied equipment to be installed within your premises by a certified technician. Therefore, you will need to inform your landlord prior to installation and receive approval before any work is commenced. If you’re not in direct contact with your landlord, you will need to contact your property manager or real estate agent.
If you’re interested in learning more about tenant rights we suggest contacting your local tenant service or union, as laws may differ between states and regions.
To prepare for the switch to the nbn™ broadband access network, please consider the following information:
- Your landlord can decide where the nbn™ equipment will be installed in your property, and may be present during the installation process.
- A landlord can also request the installation of nbn™ equipment as long as they pay for the service and agree to all terms
Please consider the following to help ensure a smooth installation process:
- Installation may include drilling, ducting and trenching to accommodate cables or the installation of a satellite dish or fixed wireless antenna on the property in the walls, ceiling or on the floor
- Notifying other residents of the works helps to ensure the installer is able to access the building safely
- A registered cabler must be arranged to undertake any required internal wiring
- All pets should be kept away from the area as they may possibly interfere with installation
Upon the arrival of your nbn™ approved technician, please inform them of any of the following environmental issues:
- Advise your nbn™ approved technician of any electrical faults you are aware of. They may need to turn off your electrical power for a short time (the technician will discuss this with you beforehand to ensure they don’t impact critical electrical equipment such as medical devices)
- Identify any known or suspected material on the property that many contain asbestos
- Inform the nbn™ approved technician of any structural issues or renovations that may have been completed
- Inform your technician about recent pest treatments on the property
- Identify any endangered or protected plants and wildlife
For more information about the connection requirements of your premises, please speak to your phone and internet provider.
The rollout of the nbn™ access network involves new technologies which some existing devices may not be compatible with such as Medical alarms, autodiallers or emergency call buttons.
Make sure you register your devices with nbn. Registering helps nbn identify premises where support may be needed to help minimise a break in service.
Installation and equipment
Removal and relocation of nbn™ supplied equipment
Renovation or Relocation
If you need existing nbn™ supplied equipment or cabling (such as an nbn™ connection box, associated cables and other equipment) within your building modified or relocated, you may be able to engage a registered cabler to complete this work under nbn’s Authority to Alter guidelines. This only applies to nbn’s fixed line technologies of FTTN, FTTC, HFC and FTTP. You can check the nbn technology at your address here.
A list of registered cablers can be found at the Australian Registered Cablers website*.
It is a legal requirement that you leave the nbn™ supplied equipment such as the connection box and cables as they are if you are moving out of your house