Who are we?
Looking after regional Australia
Southern Phone Company is one of the largest and most successful providers of fixed line, mobile and Internet communications services in regional Australia.
We were formed in 2002 after receiving $4.77 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Networking the Nation scheme. Our vision was to deliver more affordable telecommunications services to regional communities and to share our success with those communities. Under our Constitution, only Australian Local Government Councils can hold shares in Southern Phone Company Ltd. Our dividends are paid to our Local Government shareholders and used for the benefit of their local communities.
We now serve a national customer base, from Cape York to Zeehan, from Bega to Broome. We provide more than 130 jobs at our Moruya (NSW) head office and we’ve returned millions of dollars to regional communities since we declared our first dividend in 2009.
Why is Southern Phone needed?
The cost of telecommunications in regional Australia has long been a source of concern and discussion.
The lack of competition in regional areas has meant prices and other aspects of service delivery have not met the expectations of the community to the extent realised in metropolitan areas.
The Local Councils behind the development of Southern Phone realised that while generally good services are available, it would only be the introduction of competition in many smaller centres that would deliver lower pricing and other service improvements.
Southern Phone operates to maximise benefits to the community. It reflects the values, ethics and style of the people living in the Regional Australia and presents those to our customers.
Southern Phone only pursues profits to the extent they are required for company sustainability, service expansion and a return to shareholding Councils. Otherwise prices are maintained at the lowest possible level to ensure maximum community benefit.
Who owns Southern Phone?
Southern Phone Company Ltd is an unlisted public company and only Local Councils can be shareholders. This means all profits are returned to the community through the Local Councils. No individuals may own shares in the Company.View shareholders
Board of Directors
- Bill Hilzinger, Chairman - Previously Chairman of Integral Energy and the Superannuation Services Corporation
- Mark Warren - Managing Director, Southern Phone Company
- Brian Johns - Previously Chairman of the Copyright Agency Ltd; Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; CEO of SBS; Publishing Director, Penguin Books
- Holly Kramer - Non-executive Director, AMP Ltd, Nine Entertainment Co. and the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation
- Rod Oxley - PSM, previously Chairman ahm (a private health insurer)
- Andrew Riley - Managing Director, EW Systems Pty Ltd, Director of APIR Systems Pty Ltd
- Cathy Aston – Chair of Pillar Administration; non-executive Director FINSIA and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Previously Executive Director, Digital Business at Telstra Corporation.
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