18 December 2023

Eligible families and businesses in Ocean Grove, Torquay, Barwon Heads, Bannockburn, Charlemont, Marshall, Moolap, Waurn Ponds, and Highton will be able to upgrade to a full-fibre broadband connection as part of the Australian Government’s plan for a better National Broadband Network.


These premises are among the 400,000 announced in the latest tranche of eligible suburbs and towns across Australia which included parts of Grovedale and Armstrong Creek.


  • The newly eligible premises will join the 3 million Australian homes and businesses previously served by a slower, less reliable copper connection that can already access full-fibre upgrades.


  • Access to full fibre is driving productivity savings for households and businesses, with NBN users saving over 100 hours and $2,580 per year by using higher speed broadband.

  • NBN research shows that the network has delivered $122 billion worth of economic uplift to 2022, and has helped create approximately 169,000 additional jobs – the equivalent of a 1.3 per cent increase in Australia’s labour force.

  • By the end of December 2023, 75% of premises in the NBN fixed line network will be able to access fibre all the way to their homes and benefit from download speeds of close to 1 Gbps through NBN’s fastest residential plan.

  • An upgrade will be available on-demand where an eligible household or business takes out a higher speed plan, with no upfront installation cost.

  • These upgrades have been made possible by the Albanese Government’s election commitment to invest $2.4 billion to expand full-fibre access to an additional 1.5 million premises by the end of 2025.

  • The full list of suburbs and towns with newly eligible premises can be found here:
  • nbnco.com.au/residential/upgrades/more-fibre

  • The full list of suburbs and towns with newly eligible premises can be found here:


Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:


“Affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband is no longer a ‘nice to have’ - it is absolutely essential to work, learn, transact, engage with government services and telehealth.”


“For many years, millions of Australians have been held back by slow and unreliable broadband on the ageing copper network.”


“We’re getting on with the job of delivering a better NBN. Three million more Australian homes and businesses can now order full fibre due to the upgrade program – and today’s announcement will see another 400,000 premises eligible to order full fibre by the end of 2025.”


Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Corangamite, Libby Coker MP:


“We know connectivity can be challenging across our region, and these upgrades will mean our communities have access to a far better user experience when jumping online at home.”


“Whether it’s streaming movies, scrolling for those last-minute Christmas presents, video-calling family or running a small business, this major investment will make a meaningful difference to the quality-of-life for our communities who deserve access to reliable, fast broadband.”


“And the economic benefits that flow from quality broadband are immense. Our investments to upgrade the NBN is an important boost for local manufacturing, with tens of thousands of kilometres of fibre produced right here in Australia by local workers.”


“The Albanese Government wants to enable the NBN’s full potential, and these upgrades are helping us do just that."