Definition of hardship
The Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code (TCP) defines financial hardship as:
a situation where a Customer is unable, reasonably, because of illness, unemployment or other reasonable cause, to discharge those obligations if payment and/or Service arrangements were changed. Financial hardship can be of limited or long term duration.
Identification of a Customer Experiencing Financial Hardship
Aggregato Australia considers financial hardship a state that involves an inability of the customer to pay bills, rather than an unwillingness to do so. Customer hardship can come about from a variety of situations and can result from a number of factors including:
- Loss of employment by the consumer or family member.
- Family breakdown.
- Illness including physical incapacity, hospitalization, or mental illness of the consumer or family member.
- A death in the family.
- Abuse of service by a third party leaving the consumer unable to pay the account.
- Natural Disaster.
For a current list of community financial counselling services, please consult the Financial Counselling Australia website:www.financialcounsellingaustralia.org.au
Reaching a Financial Arrangement
The basic principle of any agreed financial arrangement is that the repayment should be sufficient to cover expected future use of the service (as adjusted to ensure the consumer’s financial position does not worsen over a reasonable period of time) as well as providing continued reduction of debt at a reasonable level (i.e. the consumer should not be going into further debt under the arrangement). To enable this to occur, there are options available to Aggregato Australia and our customers to manage the use of their services. For example, we may agree to restrict access to a service, or bar access to certain call types.
To assist us in assessing your application for hardship assistance, we will need you to provide your account details and other personal information so that we can verify you as the account holder of the service. Depending of your circumstances of your application, we may also require documentation in support of the information you provide to us as part of your application (i.e. a letter from your doctor if your hardship is due to illness). If we will require such supporting information from you, we will advise you when we discuss your application with you.
How to Find Out More
Hardship Inquiries: 1300 736 900
Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 8am – 1am AEST
|Aggregato Australia Financial Hardship Team
PO Box 6170
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059