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1973—Parliamentary Paper No. 115




Presented pursuant to Statute 21 August 1973

Ordered to be printed 11 September 1973


This White Paper is presented pursuant to the Post and Telegraph Act 1901-1971 which requires that, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, an annual statement containing financial and other details of Post Office activities for the financial year just concluded and for the succeeding financial year shall be laid before each House of the Parliament.

The main objective of the paper is to report, in commercial terms, on the finances of the Post Office, including the cash implications for the Commonwealth Budget. Other information in the paper provides details of service developments, growth of business and capital investment achievements and plans.

Printed by Authority by the Government Printer of Australia

Post Office Prospects and Capital Programme 1973-74 GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Since it came into office, the Labor Government has initiated a major review into the Post Office so that it can make considered judgments about this most important enterprise which affects the life of the whole Australian community.

The Australian Post Office Commission of Inquiry with Sir James Vernon as Chairman and Mr. B. J. Callinan and Mr. J. J. Kennedy as Commissioners, was

appointed on 22 February 1973 to inquire into and report upon—

“ In the public interest what changes, if any, should be made in the organisa­ tion, administration and operations of postal and telecommunications services

(including overseas services) provided in Australia, including, inter alia, changes in relation to: • the range of services to the public

and their adequacy to meet present and future needs including services as affected by proposals approved but not yet imple­


• the financing of recurrent and capital costs; • management/staff relations, includ­ ing the jurisdiction of the Public

Service Board; • responsibilities of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission and the division of functions

between that Commission and the Postmaster-General’s Depart­ ment; • urban and regional development;

• procurement of supplies with the aim of developing Australian industries; • the performance of work by

contract; and • other matters to which the attention of the Commission is particularly directed by the Postmaster-

General in the course of the inquiry.”

The Commission invited written sub­ missions from interested parties and began taking oral evidence on 12 June 1973. Inquiries are still in progress. Its Terms

of Reference concern issues, the resolution of which is necessary as a basis for the satisfactory operation of the postal and telecommunications services in the future. Its report will receive close consideration by the Government.

In the meantime, the financial needs of the Post Office for capital and operating purposes have to be met. In determining how this should be done, the Government

has had to make some judgments as to the extent to which customers on the one hand, and taxpayers on the other, through the Budget, should contribute to meeting

these needs.

In arriving at its decisions, the Govern­ ment has taken account of the report of the Coombs Task Force which has made a scrutiny of the continuing expenditure commitments of the previous Government

to enable their importance to be assessed, compared with the possible introduction of programmes derived from the Government’s own policies.

It has been decided that the drain on tax­ payers and other Post Office customers in subsidising a number of concessional and uneconomic services should be reduced sub­

stantially. The priorities which must be given to other Government programmes affecting social welfare, education, and urban deve­ lopment, as well as the heavy demands for

Post Office services, especially in and near the metropolitan areas of the capital cities, are such that there must be a substantial re­ distribution of and increase in both the income and expenditure of the Post Office.

Because these demands for service are urgent, these changes must be made quickly.

The reduction in concessional and un­ economic services relates mainly to country areas and the media—press, broadcasting and television. The Government believes

that the allocation of resources and the re­ turn on those resources were dispropor­ tionate to the needs in these fields and


unacceptable when overall community needs for postal and telecommunications services are considered.

Further comments on the major changes in concessional and uneconomic services are given in subsequent sections of this White Paper.

POST OFFICE FINANCES The provisional trading results for

1972/73 and the forecast results for

1973/74 are:—

1972/73 1973/74 $ m $ m

Postal . . . . Loss 22 Loss 14

Telecommunications . . Profit 64 Profit 64

Combined . . . . Profit 42 Profit 50

The audited financial results and further information on activities for 1972/73 will be available in the Postmaster-General’s Department’s Annual Report which will be tabled in Parliament in the Budget Session.

The prospects for 1973/74, with charges for postal and telecommunications services remaining at the 1972/73 levels, would be for the Post Office to come very close to being unprofitable overall. The proposed

adjustments to charges should give an over­ all trading result somewhat similar to that in each of the last two years.

Capital expenditures of the Post Office are met by advances from the Treasury ($320m in 1973/74 compared with $288m in 1972/73); from internal resources representing provisions for depreciation and long service leave and from the re-invested profits of $42m and $50m in 1972/73

and 1973/74. The capital investment in 1972/73 was $480m, with $554m planned for 1973/74.

Particulars of investment in fixed assets and stock holdings and the level and source of total financing requirements for 1972/73 and 1973/74 are shown in Statement A.

Tariff Adjustments

In addition to operations resulting in close to a loss situation in 1973/74, without tariff adjustments adequate capital would not be available to meet the demand for service.

As announced by the Treasurer in his Budget Speech, and as indicated above, the Government has decided that the cost of concessional and uneconomic services should

be reduced substantially by tariff increases.

The postal rates affected include the registered publications categories which were expected to lose $10-5m in 1973/74 but which will now be placed on an economic basis over the next three years. Other

adjustments include those for heavier letters and other articles, parcels and special services. The basic letter rate will remain at 7c. All charges will be converted to metric from 1 October 1973. The basic

letter rate will not be lowered as 97% , at least, of letters under 1 oz. will still be in the first metric step of 20 g. Overseas

airmail letter rates have been reduced.

It is estimated that the additional revenue from the postal adjustments will amount to about $18m in 1973/74. Even with the higher revenue, a trading loss of $14m for postal is estimated for 1973/74.

The telecommunications services affected are telephone exchange service rentals, connection fees, private lines and some special equipment mainly used by businesses.

The increase in exchange service rentals applies to country subscribers who have continuous service. They will pay the same tariff as metropolitan subscribers. The local and STD trunk call rates will not be

varied except for a reduction for trunk calls up to 30 miles (rounded up to 50 km) and an earlier commencement time for day rates.

Telecommunications charges to press, broadcasting and television organisations will be brought into line with those payable by other businesses and the general public.

Telephone concessions apply to some charitable institutions. These include a percentage concession on local calls which, with STD, cannot be administered. In future, the concession will be in the form of reduced rental on lines and equipment. A wider range of organisations will be eligible for the new concession.

The additional revenue resulting from the telecommunications adjustments will amount to approximately $31m in 1973/74.

Overall, the new rates will bring in

additional revenue of $49m in 1973/74.



Trading Result

The estimated earnings and expenses for 1972/73 and 1973/74 are:— 1972/73 1973/74 Sm $m

Earnings . . . . 226 252

Expenses . . . . 248 266

Loss 22 Loss 14

A significant element of postal losses arises from the concessions granted on registered newspapers and other publica­ tions, the provision of uneconomic services in country areas, and interest payments on

past losses.

The efforts to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs will continue. In 1972/73, these efforts enabled increased traffic of approximately 3% and an

additional week’s leave for staff to be met with about the same postal staff as the previous year.

In 1973/74, the closing of uneconomic non-official post offices with small and declining business will be continued, but most residents in those communities will be

given an improved delivery service to the roadside. The number of non-official offices has been reduced by about 2,000 since 1949. In selected other places, official offices will

be converted to non-official operation which should assist the local businessmen who will run these offices.

Conveyance rates paid to the domestic airlines for carrying air mail will be reduced by 25% as soon as arrangements can be made.



Postcode usage has grown steadily since it was introduced in 1967. On letter mail, business usage now averages 90% and private usage 85%, with an overall average

of 89%. To help maintain and improve this standard a Householder distribution of Postcode booklets to all businesses and

to country residents is planned for early 1974. In metropolitan areas of capital cities, where postcode listings are shown at the back of telephone directories, the

new Postcode booklets will be available at post offices.

New Postal Stationery

Trial marketing of a new item of postal stationery will commence in Adelaide later in 1973. The item is a combined note

paper and envelope suitable for a wide range of brief notes. They will be sold in handy packs of five. Customer response will determine whether the product will be in­ troduced on a permanent basis.

Faster International Service

Prospects are currently being examined for a new and faster mail service for urgent items to the United States of America, Britain and Canada. Tests have been

carried out and discussions with the

countries are proceeding.

Money Transfer Service

During 1973/74, major changes will be made to the existing money transfer services provided by the Post Office. Some bank cheque features will be incorporated into the domestic money order service and money

order procedures will be streamlined. It will still be a costly and unprofitable service.

An increase in charges for ordinary, telegraph and overseas money orders is unavoidable in this situation.

The postal order service will include a new $20 denomination.

These decisions have been made after a close study of alternatives and as well as providing an improved service to the customer, the changes are expected to im­

prove the economic viability of the services.

Courier Service

A Post Office Courier Service is expected to be introduced in 1974. It is proposed that the service be provided in Melbourne and Sydney initially, with subsequent ex­

tension to the other capital cities.


Mail Centres

The establishment of several smaller Mail Handling Centres to complement the larger central Mail Exchanges is proposed. Plans are further advanced in Victoria than in other States. Five metropolitan and five country centres are proposed and buildings have been acquired for the first metropolitan centre at Blackburn and the first two country centres at Geelong and Ballarat. Sites for new buildings at Maidstone and Dandenong have been acquired. Plans are not as

advanced in New South Wales but an interim centre at Artarmon in the North Shore area of Sydney should go into service shortly.

Parcels Centres

Four Parcel Handling Centres are to be established in the Sydney metropolitan area, partly to relieve the load in the Sydney Mail Exchange, where delays are occurring, and partly to improve the service given. It is envisaged that these centres would be relatively small and without the parcel sorting machines that characterize the larger Mail Exchanges. Consideration is being given to offering lodgment of bulk pre-sorted

parcels and possibly ordinary bulk parcels traffic at these centres.

Maximum Weight of Parcels

The existing weight limit for parcels will be increased from 22 lb. (10 kg) to 44 lb. (20 kg) in 1974 to meet a known customer need.

Automatic Mail Handling Equipment

During 1972/73, modern machines were placed in service in the mainland capital cities to cull small packets and oversized letters out of letter receiver mail and face and cancel stamps on the remaining letters. This equipment takes over a tedious and

uninteresting task from mail officers, freeing them for other duties more in keeping with their particular skills.

A contract will be placed soon for the supply of mail handling plant for the

Adelaide Mail Exchange. This equipment is of conventional design and is primarily for handling mail bags, parcels and other

articles. Tenders for modern letter handling plant are also being evaluated and the Department will discuss with the relevant staff organisations the implications for staff of the prospective changes in letter handling methods before contracting for any new- style plant for Adelaide.

The Adelaide Mail Exchange building is expected to be completed in June 1974. The transfer of all mail sorting operations to the new location is also being discussed with the staff organisations concerned.


The popularity of the Department’s philatelic services is expected to continue at a high level. At present, stamps of

Australia, Australian Territories, Nauru, Western Samoa and Fiji are on sale at 73 philatelic sales centres at major post offices.

Special promotions are planned to encour­ age greater interest in Australian stamps by local and overseas collectors. Souvenir packs and official first day covers will con­ tinue to be provided for new issues of

Australian stamps. The Philatelic Bulletin and Stamp Preview continue to be widely distributed throughout the philatelic world and there are nearly 180,000 addresses now on the philatelic mailing list.


Trading Result The estimated earnings and expenses for 1972/73 and 1973/74 are:—· 1972/73 1973/74

$m $m

Earnings . . . . 714 805

Expenses . . . . 650 741

Profit .. .. 64 64

These profits help to provide the capital needed for up-grading and extending the telecommunications network. As in 1972/ 73, growth in traffic is expected to increase earnings by 9% in 1973/74.

The 1973/74 earnings include the higher rentals to be paid by country telephone subscribers. Tbe cost of providing such services is much greater than in metro-


jpolitan areas. This is illustrated in informa­ tion supplied to the Commission of Inquiry regarding a study of the costs per net con­ nection in the various areas :


• Capital cities and Newcastle 1,600 • Other local call areas with

more than 2,000 subscribers 3,600 • Local call areas with up to

2,000 subscribers . . 9,000

Whilst the actual costs may vary from year to year, the relativity between the three categories is evident.

Under the previous Government’s policy for the provision and maintenance of country telephone lines, $2 8m was spent over the last three years and this rate of spending would have escalated annually for a considerable period.

The extent to which provision of sub­ scribers’ telephone services can be under­ taken depends primarily on the level of national resources which can be utilised for

this purpose. It then becomes a question of how best to allocate the resources avail­ able so as to meet the needs of all sectors of the community. This requires a balanced

programme of works with priority being given to projects which provide relief where it is most needed.

The situation at present is that large numbers of people are waiting for telephone services in more closely settled and develop­ ing centres. It would be unreasonable to

ignore the needs of these people by devoting substantial resources to cater for a lesser number of high cost services in country areas.

Consequently, the Government has decided that the amount of free line plant allowed will be reduced from 15 miles to 5 miles (8 km ). In 1973/74, the previously

planned expenditure of $16m will be cut by about half and the savings diverted to growth centres. Even under the restricted policy, some 1,400 new lines will be pro­ vided and 1,900 services upgraded.


The past year was one of records for the telecommunications service. More applica­ tions for telephone service were received and more new services were connected than

in any previous year in the Department’s history. Buoyant demand is expected to continue into 1973/74.

Demand for Telephone Services During 1972/73, an all-time record of 605,158 applications were received for telephone services, 347,250 requiring the provision of new lines or equipment. The remaining 257,908 were for services where

the lines and equipment were already in place. The demand for telephone services during 1973/74 is expected to remain high and reach about 640,000 applications,

including 372,000 requiring the provision of new lines or equipment.

Details of applications involving the pro­ vision of new lines or equipment received over the last six years are shown in State­ ment B together with details for each State in 1972/73 and estimated levels for 1973/


Local Telephone Calls Local calls in the network rose by more than 5% in 1972/73 and this pattern should continue in 1973/74.

Trunk Telephone Calls Trunk telephone calls during 1972/73 increased by more than 11% and the reduc­ tion in the charge for the first trunk charging step is expected to increase traffic further

in 1973/74.

International Telephone Calls In 1972/73, international telephone calls originated in Australia increased by 24-5% to 1,335,157. Continued high growth is expected during 1973/74.

Telegrams Telegram lodgments showed a slight upward trend during 1972/73 with an increase of 1-7% . This is the first time

since 1966/67 that an increase over the previous year has occurred. It is expected that telegram lodgments in 1973/74 will approximate those of the past year.

Telex The number of telex subscriber services in operation at 30 June 1973 was 10,774, an increase of 16-7% during 1972/73.


Calls within Australia increased by 13-2% over the previous year. Outgoing inter­ national telex calls rose by 32-8% to

1,981,082. Domestic and international telex calls are expected to maintain a high growth rate.


STD Service By the end of 1972/73, more than 61% of all trunk calls were being dialled by subscribers. From 1 October 1973, where STD is available and a subscriber chooses to make use of personalised operator assist­ ance in the booking and connection of a call, a surcharge of 20c per call will apply.

An STD tone to alert subscribers that a trunk call has been dialled and a new meter for installation in subscribers’ premises by means of which subscribers will be able to

monitor the charge on particular calls or a series of calls, are being introduced.

Service Advisory Activities In keeping with the Department’s desire to assist subscribers to obtain the best results from their telecommunications facili­

ties, Service Advisers made more than 49,000 visits to customer premises during 1972/73. During the same period 2,385 talks on development and use of the tele­ phone network were given to audiences totalling 90,000 at schools, business colleges, business houses and to meetings of various community service organisations.

Electronic Exchanges The installation in Sydney of Australia’s first electronic trunk exchange is well advanced and the exchange is expected to be brought into service towards the end of

1973. Installation work on similar exchanges in Melbourne and Adelaide has commenced and these should become operational during


Conferences by Television Departmental experiments with confer­ ences conducted by way of closed circuit television between Sydney and Melbourne have proceeded satisfactorily. The com­ mercial possibilities of such a service are to be examined.

Radio Paging The Department will introduce a radio paging service called “ Telefinder ” in Sydney and Melbourne during 1973/74, with a view to extension to other cities later. This service will enable subscribers who are carrying portable “ pagers ” to be alerted to call their office or home by

telephone to receive a message.

Data Communications During 1972/73 the number of data modems in operation increased from 1,527 to 2,456. These modems cater for trans­ mission of digital data at speeds from 200 bits per second up to 4,800 bits per second.

Switching centres of the Common User Data Network were brought into limited service in Brisbane and Sydney during 1972/73. Appraisal of the design for the major centre in Melbourne is being under­ taken currently with a view to deciding the nature of future development of this net­ work.

Investment in the network during 1973/ 74 will be minimal.

Telephone Accounts

Conversion of telephone accounts of Melbourne and Sydney subscribers to com­ puter processing was completed during the year.

It is intended to extend computer pro­ cessing to other State capitals. Develop­ mental work will be undertaken in Adelaide and Brisbane in 1973/74 with full imple­

mentation in those cities the following year.

The policy relating to telephone billing frequency is being reviewed, with the objec­ tive of introducing quarterly billing pro­ gressively where computerised telephone accounting is operating.


Investment in fixed assets at 30 June 1973, net of depreciation, is estimated at $3,010m, of which about 95% represents telecommunications investment. Capital investment for 1972/73 was $480m and that planned for 1973/74 is $554m. Details are shown in Statement A.



Level of Investment

Capital investment in telecommunications plant and equipment will be $454-6m in 1973/74 compared with $398-4m in 1972/73. The principal aspects of the

1973/74 programme include— • provision of common telephone net­ work plant • connection of telephone subscribers’


• installation of trunk line services.

The programme will cover about 4,000 major projects integrated and co-ordinated as essential segments of a nation-wide telecommunications network. A list of the larger projects, either in progress at 30 June

1973, or to begin during 1973/74 appears in Statement C.

Connection of Telephone Services

In 1972/73, 322,778 services involving new lines or equipment were connected. It is planned to provide 346,000 new services in 1973/74.

At 30 June 1973, the total number of subscriber telephone services in operation was 3,147,070.

Unsatisfied Applications for Telephone Services

The total number of applications on hand at 30 June 1973 was 89,617 including 50,268 for services which were in the pro­ cess of being installed.

During 1972/73, deferred applications (those which could not be satisfied because exchange equipment or telephone lines were not available) increased by 3,013 to a total

of 16,263.

The trend in applications on hand over recent years is shown in Statement B. Unsatisfied demand at 30 June 1974 could be of the order of 115,000.

Conversion of Manual Services to Automatic

At 30 June 1973, 94% of all telephone services were automatic.

Concurrently with the new arrangements for the provision of country telephone lines, the policy governing the rate of conversion of exchanges to automatic operation is being reviewed with the objective of restricting conversion mainly to those—

• where it is essential if service is to


• where there is significant financial advantage to the Department

• where automatic working of small peripheral manual exchanges may have to accompany conversion of a larger exchange.

Trunk Line Services

Three major automatic trunk exchanges were completed at Hamilton, Morwell and Melbourne No. 2 (Lonsdale) in Victoria during 1972/73, and work was substantially

completed on two others, at Swan Hill (Victoria) and Mount Gambler (South Australia). These will be commissioned during 1973/74. To meet the continuing growth of the switched trunk network, eight

existing installations are planned to be extended during 1973/74.

During 1972/73, 3,881 new trunk cir­ cuits were added to the network. Included were circuits installed on the following important broadband systems:—

Canberra-Sydney Dubbo-Nyngan-Cobar-Bourke Bairnsdale-Orbost Bendigo-Melbourne

Adelaide-Port Pirie Sydney-Newcastle-Brisbane Smithton-King Island

The number of trunk circuits in service as at 30 June 1973 was 34,631 and it is expected to add a further 4,200 in 1973/ 74.

Material Purchases

Material purchases for telecommunica­ tions purposes amounted to $182m in 1972/73 and it is estimated that $200m will be spent in 1973/74. About 85% of

purchases are manufactured in Australia. Major purchases proposed for 1973/74 are shown in Statement D.


Engineering Movable Plant Expenditure in 1972/73 amounted to $ 8 -7m on such items as caravans,

excavators, tractors, cranes and tools which play an important part in improving the productivity of the work force. In 1973/74 it is proposed to invest

$9 -4m in this type of equipment.

POSTAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Capital investment of $ 4 -3m is pro­ grammed for 1973/74 covering advanced mail handling plant, private boxes, letter receivers and stamp vending machines. It is expected that $lm will be spent during

1973/74 on a contract for modern facilities to handle parcels, other articles (news­ papers and packets) and inward/outward bags.

MOTOR VEHICLES Over the 12 months to 30 June 1973 the vehicle fleet increased from 18,254 vehicles to 19,171.

The programmed expenditure for 1973/ 74 is $13-5m ; this compares with an

actual expenditure of $ 9 -3m in 1972/73. There is a substantial carryover of liability from 1972/73 contracts; a significant factor was industrial difficulties which delayed production and delivery of orders.

MISCELLANEOUS PLANT AND EQUIPMENT The amount spent on office machines, furniture and fittings, and automatic data processing equipment in 1972/73 was

$7 · 6m. Expenditure of $ 11 · 7m is pro­ grammed for 1973/74.

BUILDINGS AND SITES Investment in building works during 1973/74 is expected to be $57 -0m com­ pared with $48 -3m in 1972/73. Approxi­ mately 70% of this investment is for tele­ communication buildings.

Capital works, including alterations and additions, to be commenced include 76 telecommunication buildings, 31 post offices and 34 engineering depots and stores. A list of major projects already under con­ struction at 30 June 1973, and new works to begin in 1973/74, is shown in the Civil Works Programme circulated by the Minister for Works.

The new programme makes provision for five special major building projects— Sydney East Telephone Exchange ($4-2m), Bathurst Post Office and Administrative building ($1 -73m), Shepparton Post Office and Telephone Exchange ($1 · 24m), Wind­ sor Telephone Exchange ($6 -2m), and Wellington-Perth Telephone Exchange

($11 -2m). Special major projects currently under construction include City South (Sydney) Telephone Exchange Extensions, Bendigo (Victoria) Telecommunications Building, Woolloongabba (Queensland)

Telephone Exchange, Adelaide Mail Ex­ change, and Launceston (St. John) Tele­ phone Exchange Extensions.

The programme of Sites and Properties comprises 226 acquisitions, estimated to cost $11· 4m and the estimated expenditure for the new items and revoted proposals is

$12-9m. Expenditure in 1972/73 was $11-8m.


Total Post Office staff increased by 3 ·2% to 115,420 during 1972/73. It is expected to increase by approximately 4-1% by 30 June 1974 to about 120,200.

It is estimated that the introduction of an additional week’s recreation leave resulted in an approximate increase in staff of 700 in 1972/73 and there will be a

further increase of 1,300 in 1973/74.




Fixed Assets and Stock Holdings

Telecommunication Plant (including stocks and equipment in course of installation) Engineering Movable Plant .. .. ..

Postal Plant and Equipment .. .. .. ..

Motor Vehicles .. .. .. .. ..

Miscellaneous Plant and Equipment .. .. ..

Buildings .. .. .. .. .. ..

Sites and Properties .. .. .. ..

1972/73 1973/74

$m $m

389-7 445-2

8-7 9-4

4-6 4-3

9-3 13-5

7-6 11-7

48-3 57-0

11:8 12-9

480-0 554-0

The level and source of total funds required are :—

Funds Required :

Investment in fixed assets and stock holdings .. .. 480-0 554-0

Increase in current assets over current liabilities .. 20-0 6-0

500-0 560-0

Source of Funds :

Borrowings .. .. .. .. .. 288-0 320-0

Internal Resources (trading profit, provisions for depreciation and long service leave) .. .. .. .. .. 212-0 240-0

500-0 560-0




Year Applications Received Variation

1967/68 221,937 + 16,938 ( + 8-3%)

1968/69 255,498 +33,561 (+15-1% )

1969/70 308,708 +53,210 (+20-8% )

1970/71 285,348 -23,360 ( - 7-6%)

1971/72 263,464 -21,884 ( - 7-7%)

1972/73 347,250 +83,786 (+31-8% )

Applications by States

State Demand in 1972/73 Estimated Demand in 1973/74

New South Wales . .. .. 129,660 140,000

Victoria .. . .. .. 94,718 102,000

Queensland .. . .. .. 53,949 57,000

South Australia . .. .. 29,419 31,000

Western Australia . .. .. 31,578 34,500

Tasmania .. . .. .. 7,926 7,800

Commonwealth .. .. .. 347,250 372,300


30 June Applicants awaiting


Deferred Applications (included in previous column)

1968 50,805 9,070

1969 54,965 6,230

1970 60,056 7,565

1971 66,617 14,774

1972 65,369 13,250

1973 89,617

Deferred Applications by States


New South Wales .. 5,428

Victoria .. .. 640

Queensland .. 6,415

South Australia .. 1,058

Western Australia .. 2,530

Tasmania .. .. 192

Commonwealth .. 16,263



PROGRAMME OF CAPITAL INVESTMENT 1973/74 Telecommunications Projects to cost $500,000 or more

State Project Estimated Total


(a) In progress at 30 June 1973 $

New South Wales Telephone Exchange installations at : North Sydney 1,180,000

Pitt 5,960,000

Pitt (Electronic Trunk Exchange) 8,780,000 Waverley 800,000

Seven Hills 970,000

Canberra 840,000

Campbelltown 840,000

Sydney G.P.O. International Manual Positions 620,000 Exchange Conduits : Chatswood—Sydney 890,000

Ryde—Chatswood 560,000

Pitt Exchange Tunnel 640,000

Subscribers’ Automatic P.B.X. : Department of Customs and Excise 660,000 Broadband bearer systems : Sydney-Canberra-Wagga Wagga-Melbourne

Second and Third Coaxial Cable Bearer augmentation 1,720,000

Newtown-Redfern Coaxial Cable System 530,000

Victoria Telephone Exchange installations at :

Morwell 640,000

Lonsdale (Electronic Trunk Exchange) 3,540,000 Broadband bearer system : Ararat-Ballarat Coaxial Cable System 810,000

Queensland Telephone Exchange installations at : Brisbane 7 figure conversion 1,530,000

Mackay 730,000

Brisbane ARM Exchange and Manual Assistance Centre 1,480,000

Broadband bearer systems : Rockhampton-Emerald Radio System and TV bearer 850,000

Dalby-Miles-Roma Radio System and TV bearer 1,110,000

South Australia Telephone Exchange installations at : Waymouth (Electronic Trunk Exchange) 5,330,000 Darwin Minor Switching Centre 780,000

Waymouth Telex 610,000

Broadband bearer systems : Darwin-Mt. Isa Radio System 9,700,000

Northam-Port Pirie Radio System (Second Bearer) 800,000

Adelaide-Ceduna Radio System (Two-way TV Bearer) 690,000


STATEMENT C—continued

State Project

Western Australia Broadband bearer systems : Perth-Rockingham Coaxial Cable System Northam-Port Pirie Radio System (Second Bearer) Norseman-Esperance Radio System and

TV Bearer Perth-Northam Coaxial Cable System

(b) To be commenced during 1973/74

New South Wales Telephone Exchange installations at : Chatswood City South Petersham

St. Leonards Shalvey

Exchange Conduits : City South—Pitt St. Pitt—Elizabeth St. Menai Broadband bearer systems :

Sydney-Melboume Second Radio System Dubbo-Moree Coaxial Cable System Blacktown-Parramatta-Haymarket Coaxial Cable System

Victoria Telephone Exchange installation at :


Broadband bearer system : Sydney-Melboume Second Radio System

Queensland Telephone Exchange installation at : Edison Terminating Tmnk Tandem Exchange Broadband bearer systems :

Townsville-Bowen Radio System Brisbane-Maryborough Radio System (Second Bearer) Brisbane-Ipswich Coaxial Cable System

South Australia Broadband bearer systems : Northam-Port Pirie Radio System (Third Bearer) and Whyalla-Port Pirie Radio System Adelaide-Berri Radio System and

Two-way TV Bearer

Western Australia Broadband bearer systems : Northam-Port Pirie Radio System (Third Bearer) Northam-Norseman Radio System

(Fourth Bearer)

Estimated Total Cost $



800,000 1.130.000

720.000 1.520.000 1.410.000 630.000


610,000 690.000 1.580.000

2.700.000 3.540.000






860,000 1, 100,000








Material Estimated Value


Exchange Equipment, including $2m Aid to Indonesia/ Singapore and $5-5m Electronic Trunk Equipment .. 58-3 Underground Cable .. .. .. .. .. 31-3

Telephones .. .. .. .. .. .. 9-2

Radio Relay Equipment .. .. .. .. 8-2

Conduit .. .. .. .. .. .. 8-0

Long Line Carrier Equipment .. .. .. .. 7-2

Channel Modems .. .. .. .. .. 6-6

Mechanical Aids .. .. .. .. .. 5-0

Data Transmission Equipment .. .. .. .. 4-5

P.A.B.X. Equipment .. .. .. .. .. 4 0

Switchboards, Cordless and Cord Type .. .. .. 3-5

Teleprinters and Telex Equipment .. .. .. 3-3

Testing Equipment .. .. .. .. .. 3-3

Switchboard Cable .. .. .. .. .. 2-6

Multi-line Telephones .. .. .. .. .. 2-0

Loading Coils .. .. .. .. .. .. 1-3

Miscellaneous Power Plant .. .. .. .. 1-2

Power Rectifiers .. .. .. .. .. 1-1

Public Telephone Instruments .. .. .. .. 0-9

Steel Cable Drums .. .. .. .. .. 0-5

Workshops Plant .. .. .. .. .. 0-4