The Federal Government has sought to deflect criticism its digital assistance scheme for pensioners to receive a set-top box is a disaster in the making.
Critics have questioned the expense of the scheme and likened the installation of digital equipment to the failed roof insulation debacle.
But Senator Conroy said claims the Scheme will risk lives and damage business are misleading and based on incorrect information.
The Master Electricians’ claim that the only qualification needed to install digital set top boxes is to complete an online form is not correct.
All installers and contractors must be fully accredited and registered under the Household Assistance Scheme in an accreditation and registration process that has been developed with the industry.
Installers have to provide a lengthy list of criteria:
- Proof of one year’s experience in the industry conducting antenna installations for digital TV by providing the name and contact details of an industry referee who can verify this.
- The name, model and serial number of the digital signal meter equipment they use to measure digital signal, bit error rate (BER) and modulation error ratio (MER).
- Evidence that they (or their employer) have public liability insurance to a minimum value of $5million.
- Their ABN or the ABN of their employer.
- Photo identification, for example, a copy of their driver’s licence or passport.
- A current photo of the installer which must meet the same requirements specified for Australian passport
All documents are checked and assessed by the Digital Switchover Taskforce.
That’s a lot of trouble just to be able to watch Are You Being Served?