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Introducing the Bigger Picture 2014 Sustainability Report


I’m pleased to share with you Telstra’s Bigger Picture 2014 Sustainability Report.

Our approach to sustainability has evolved and matured considerably over the past few years, and FY14 has been no exception.

This year, we’ve worked to address the issues that matter most to our business and stakeholders, and to embed social and environmental considerations into the heart of our business.


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I’m 29 and I have the hearing of an 80 year old. Here’s my story.


360 million people suffer from hearing loss across the world. This includes 3.5 million Australians – and I’m one of them.

As Hearing Awareness Week kicked off on Monday, I thought it would be a great time to share my story.

In my late teens, I was classified as being hearing impaired with profound hearing loss in both ears of high frequencies. To this day we still don’t know the cause. At the time, I didn’t think much of it as I had managed to get through high school with the occasional, “Sorry?” and “What?” I was a teen after all – I wasn’t supposed to be concentrating most of the time!

For many years I refused to believe it affected me. I refused to wear hearing aids as I didn’t like the look of them. Because I never committed to them, I didn’t realise how much they would help. I was in denial, a common occurrence in those with hearing loss.

It wasn’t until I met the girl of my dreams that I finally had the motivation to change. She encouraged me to look past my superficial worries, and accept that I needed hearing aids to get the most out of life.


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Wear it Purple Day


This Friday I’ll be wearing purple – with purpose.

That’s because Telstra is proudly supporting Wear It Purple Day so we can show young people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community that we support and respect them exactly as they are.

Wear It Purple is designed to raise awareness in schools, workplaces, unis and across the community that we all have the right to be proud of who we are. Sexuality or gender identity does not change this.

We want everyone, including our own people, to feel included and celebrated for who they are so they can contribute fully to whatever life offers them. After all, our purpose as a company is to create a brilliant connected future for everyone – and we mean everyone.


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Scammers disguised as telemarketers


Teresa Corbin in a co-founder and current CEO of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. Here Teresa discusses phone scams and how you can protect yourself.

We’ve all received them at one point. Those pesky telemarketing calls, interrupting you right in the middle of dinner. Or during your favourite show, the moment after you’ve just sat down on the lounge.

At the recent ICPA National Conference in Launceston, Tasmania, the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls people in remote areas have been receiving was identified as a problem. While these calls are annoying, a more alarming trend we’ve recently encountered is consumers receiving ‘telemarketing’ calls from scammers who claim to be from the Telstra Tech Department.

These scammers usually appear to want customers’ identity and to obtain their personal banking details.


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Telstra Kids Fund – a million ways to show we care


For over a decade, Telstra Kids Fund has been supporting the little things that make a big difference to kids’ lives: everything from worm farms to reading nooks, bouncing balls to veggie patches, educational resources to arts and crafts.

Backed by the Telstra Foundation, this grassroots community program has provided thousands of grants to local non-profit groups, helping more than a million kids to play and learn.

At the heart of the program are Telstra employees who nominate where the dollars are donated and help direct the company’s philanthropic giving.  Telstra Kids helps connect children with a brilliant future in the communities where Telstra staff live and work.

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