When will analog TV be turned off in my area?

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The day is slowly approaching when analog free-to-air terrestrial TV broadcasts will become a faint memory, like Betamax and Bakelite. The question is: when will the TV stations in your home town switch off their analog transmissions and become digital only?

Please note adjustments have been made to the below schedule. For best information visit the government's Digital Ready website where you can type in your address details and get an accurate date for your location.

So far, the switchover has been limited to regional areas of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, with capital cities as yet unaffected. The process culminates on New Year's Day 2014, when Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will finally join the rest of Australia in the digital-only era.

Government help

With TV prices seemingly falling by the day, and many digital set-top boxes costing less than the price of a Sydney parking fine, switching over to digital TV is a fairly inexpensive process. The Federal Government does offer assistance, though, in the form of an HD set-top box, some guidance and a year-long warranty, as well as antenna installation or modification.

The scheme, however, is only available to those who are receiving the age pension, disability-support pension, carer payment, Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) support pension or DVA income-support supplement. For more information, check out the government's info on the Household Assistance Scheme.

Upcoming switchover dates by state


Date Region Key cities
30 June 2013 Brisbane, South East Queensland Brisbane, Gold Coast and Noosa
H2 2013 Remote Queensland Mount Isa, Charleville, Roma

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Date Region Key cities
5 June 2012 Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Griffith, Hay
5 June 2012 South West Slopes and Eastern Riverina Wagga Wagga
5 June 2012 Illawarra and the South Coast Wollongong, Ulladulla, Eden
5 June 2012 Central Tablelands and Central Western Slopes Dubbo, Orange
5 June 2012 ACT and Southern Tablelands Canberra, Thredbo, Cooma
27 Nov 2012 North West Slopes and Plains Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell
27 Nov 2012 Richmond / Tweed Byron Bay, Tenterfield, Lismore
27 Nov 2012 Northern Rivers Coffs Harbour, Forster and Grafton
27 Nov 2012 Hunter Newcastle, Port Stephens
H2 2013 Remote NSW Cobar, Bourke
31 Dec 2013 Sydney Sydney, Gosford, Katoomba


Date Region Key cities
H2 2013 Remote Victoria Murrayville, Benambra
31 Dec 2013 Melbourne and Port Philip Bay Melbourne, Geelong, Mornington Peninsula


Date Region Key cities
H1 2013 Tasmania Hobart, Launceston, King Island

South Australia

Date Region Key cities
H2 2013 Remote SA Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Maralinga
31 Dec 2013 Adelaide Adelaide

Western Australia

Date Region Key cities
30 June 2013 Perth Perth, Mandulah, Clarkson
H2 2013 Regional and remote WA Kalgoorlie, Broome, Bunbury

Northern Territory

Date Region Key cities
H2 2013 Northern Territory Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek

Regions that have already switched over

Date State Region Key cities
30 June 2010 VIC Mildura and Sunraysia Mildura
15 Dec 2010 NSW Broken Hill Broken Hill
15 Dec 2010 SA Riverland Renmark and Loxton
15 Dec 2010 SA Mt Gambier and the south east Mt Gambier, Naracoorte, Bordertown
15 Dec 2010 SA Spencer Gulf Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta
5 May 2011 VIC Gippsland Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Mallacoota
5 May 2011 VIC North Central Victoria Bendigo, Swan Hill
5 May 2011 VIC South West Victoria Ballarat, Warrnambool, Horsham
5 May 2011 VIC Goulburn Valley and Upper Murray Albury/Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton
6 Dec 2011 QLD Wide Bay Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Maryborough
6 Dec 2011 QLD Capricornia Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon
6 Dec 2011 QLD Central Coast and Whitsundays Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen
6 Dec 2011 QLD Darling Downs Toowoomba, Warwick and Dalby
6 Dec 2011 QLD North Queensland Townsville, Ayr, Charters Towers
6 Dec 2011 QLD Far North Queensland Cairns, Port Douglas, Innisfail

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seamuslowe53 posted a comment   

It's amazing how much technology has changed in the past few years. I have a friend who's ten year old who knows more about television than I do. He knows exactly what to do with everything it seems like. I'm still trying to figure out the difference between digital and analog. Maybe I'll just ask my friend's kid cause he most likely knows.
-Seamus | http://www.stallardpotter.com.au


ElizabethR posted a comment   

well we are still analogue and digital we have the worst reception pixilates all night long cannot watch tv at al except in the morning about 5am on abc even the abc pixalate any ideas liz


Freddieb posted a comment   

I have a question.

We have a self-help analogue transmission tower which is really nasty, in that the reception is totally bad and I wouldn't bother to watch it.

I receive 30 digital channels through my antenna and set-top box, all excellent quality.

Our analogue reception is due to be turned off later this year. Local "experts" tell me that with the turning off of analogue, we will lose all our digital reception. These experts tell me that the analogue tower receives all the 30 digital channels in analogue and then transmits them to my antenna and then my set-top box converts all 30 analogue channels to digital signals and then converts them back to analogue so my analogue TV can display them.

Please, please, please tell me this is total nonsense!


Leanne H posted a comment   
South Africa

It seems Sydney has been switched off early? Can't record on my DVD tonight (Sunday 10th June)


sptanzer posted a comment   

In Cairns we switched to digital last July. We still have problems with reception, constantly dropping out some time for seconds over times for 10 minutes or more. We have had our reception and aerial checked but the problem seems to be in the transmission. Weather doesn't seem to impact it. The cut over seems a bit premature given it's reliability. Perhaps with the major cities online, people power may get some improvements


Brian Harper posted a comment   

As far as i know there is no month beginning with the letter H
so what is H2?


Derek Fung posted a reply   

H2 means the second half of whatever year.


Teeto posted a comment   

All very well. Switch off in regional QLD is in a few days.
Many areas along the coast only receive analogue.
Digital reception is terrible!


morphettarms posted a comment   

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Sean posted a comment   

analog tv should be turned off first half of last year and everyone has a digital tv or set top box.

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