The digital switchover began in 2010 in Mildura, Victoria, and was rolled out progressively around the country, region by region until the last of Australia's analog free-to-air TV signals were switched off in Melbourne and remote central and eastern Australia on 10 December 2013.
Now more than 8.7 million households from Broome to Lord Howe Island, from Darwin to Hobart, and everywhere in between, are able to access digital-only free-to-air TV. Digital TV brings numerous benefits to the country, including better picture and sound quality, an unprecedented choice of 17 free-to-air channels and also the ability to free up broadcasting spectrum for a range of new services, such as mobile broadband and wireless technology.
For the first time, people living in remote areas of Australia can enjoy the same television services as city viewers. The Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) system has delivered digital TV to nearly 200,000 households in locations that do not receive a terrestrial signal. More than 35,000 of these installations were provided through the Satellite Subsidy Scheme, including over 14,700 installations without cost for households in 327 remote Indigenous communities.
The VAST rollout for digital TV service to remote Northern Territory communities was completed by EGF field officers in August 2014.
Any further queries relating to technical information about Digital TV, visit mySwitch
Queries relating to new services should be directed to your local community housing representative.
VAST equipment delviered through this program has a one year warranty (from the time of delivery). For any issues, please direct your queries to Skybridge on 03 9330 3922.