Account Management

Information about your Account Management options

'Take Command' is your online account management tool. Using Take Command you can enjoy the convenience of managing your account online, 24/7.

To access Take Command, click here.

To help you get started, take a few moments to read the Take Command User Guide.

Can I Pause My Billing

We cannot pause your billing, but we might be able to downgrade your plan to a lower cost. The other option is disconnecting your service(s) which may incur a cancellation fee and loss of phone number(s).

If you need to make a payment arrangement or extension, then please contact us via the following methods:

  • Phone: 1300 303 687
  • Email: [email protected] (Please note emails have a 2 business days response time)
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm AEST

Need financial assistance?
We have a policy to assist customers who are experiencing genuine financial hardship. A copy of this policy can be found here or a summary can be sent to you upon request.
 

Alerts and Spend Management

Managing Alerts 

Alerts can help keep a track of your spend, data usage and set reminders for when your next bill is due. A standard alert will be pre-set on your mobile and/or broadband account. Additional alerts can be set based on usage or spend and we will send you a SMS when these thresholds are reached.
Disclaimer: When setting up alerts, please consider that call and data usage statistics are near real time and may not be accurate or up to date. 

By logging into Take Command, you can set the following alerts:

  • Mobile Alerts
  • Budget Limit Alerts
  • Data Usage Alerts
  • Tolling Increase Alerts
  • Bill Reminder Alerts

Create a New Alert

  1. Click on the Alert Type button you’re seeking to create
  2. Enter the relevant details (such as what you would like to name the alert) in the fields provided 
  3. Click on Create Alert to save.

Update an Existing Alert 

  1. Click on an Existing Alert on the right-hand side of your screen
  2. Enter your details in the fields provided
  3. Then click Update Alert to save.

Delete an Alert 

  •  Click the Red Bin Icon

For more information, check out the Take Command User Guide.

Access your Commander webmail

With a Commander internet service you receive five free 50MB email accounts. Access the gateway via Commander webmail.

Add Authorised Contact

As an account holder, you can add an authorised contact and give them permission to access and manage your account. You can also update or remove them at any time; however, you will remain responsible for the account overall.

There are different levels of authority you can give to an authorised contact:

  • Technical Contact - manage anything technical on the account
  • Authorised Signatory - the person who can enter into contractual agreements

We recommend adding your IT/Phone System Manager to your account as this will help with any technical related queries.

To add an authorised contact, log into Take Command (your online account) and using the contact us webform provide:
- Full name  
- Contact number
- Email address 
- Date of Birth
- The level of authority you want to give

Alternatively, you can contact us to organise this.

Administration Fees

Billing

Administration Fees 

  • $2.75 Alternative payment fee
  • $3.95 Non-direct debit fee
  • $22 Late payment fee

Avoid these payment fees by setting up a direct debit in Take Command your online account management tool.

  • $3.95 Paper bill fee

Help the environment and cut down your monthly cost by opting for paperless billing.  Just log into Take Command and update your bill settings.
 
If you have any questions or need help, email us [email protected] 
 

Alarms

This guide provides important information on the following types of alarms:  

  • Fire Alarms 
  • Medical Alarms
  • Panic/Security Alarms 
  • Back to Base Alarms

 
NOTE: Please contact your alarm supplier for specifications when moving to the nbn™ network.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • NBN Co will require you to register the bells/panels of your alarm(s). 
  • Fire Indicator Panels (FIP) and Lift Phones can be connected to the nbn, however YOU must ensure that any in-building phone cabling is compliant with Australian Standards.  
  • The nbn™ network will replace existing fixed phone and internet networks. 
  • This transition will affect the operation of ‘essential services’ such as your monitored fire alarm and lift emergency phone.  

REGISTRATION 

  • Registering your monitored fire alarm or lift emergency phone service with the correct Full National Number (FNN) helps identify premises that might be eligible for a deferred disconnection.
  • You can find your monitored fire alarm and lift emergency phone numbers either on your bill or by contacting Commander.  
  • Registration on the Fire and Lift Register will only provide a temporary deferral of the disconnection date, if eligible.
  • Commander recommends that you talk to your monitored fire alarm and lift emergency phone service provider and organise for these services to be migrated to a working solution well before the respective disconnection dates. 
  • It is essential to note that registration should not replace the need for regular testing. It is always the owner/operator’s responsibility to ensure that their monitored fire alarm or lift emergency phone services are working correctly. 
  • Go to nbn.com.au/fireandlift to register your monitored fire alarm or lift emergency phone.
  • For more information on how to migrate monitored fire alarm and lift phone services, see the migration of monitored fire alarm and lift phone services Good Practice Guide.  

 
COMPLIANCE STANDARDS 
 
Before connecting a lift phone or fire indicator panel to the nbn, building management should arrange for a wiring inspection via a registered cabler to ensure compliance with industry standards. 

These standards include: 

  • ITU K.21 11/2011
  • AS/CA S008 
  • AS/CA S009 
  • AS/NZS 3000.  

 
If a registered cabler advises you that the wiring is non-compliant, you must then ensure compliance is obtained before connection. Where surge protection is required, the registered cabler should install the surge protection device in accordance with AS/CA S009:2013 section 10, as close as possible to the nbn connection box.
 
Failure to comply with either of these steps could allow electrical interference or voltage surge to damage NBN Co’s connection box, stopping its telephony functions from working. Should this occur, a lift phone or fire indicator panel may be unable to dial out in the case of an emergency, resulting in serious risk to life.
 
For further information call NBN Co on 1800 687 626.
 

Contact Us

  1. You can send us a message via your Take Command portal

    • Simply fill out the enquiry form and one of our helpful staff members will get in touch. 
  2. Contact our ‘Customer Service’ team by email;
  3. Contact our ‘Sales Team’ by calling 1300 932 108 and one of our friendly staff will assist you.
  4. For ‘Technical Support’ dial 132 777 and make your selection. 
  5. Visit takecommand.com.au to make a payment by credit card or set up a direct debit.
     

Dashboard

TAKE COMMAND DASHBOARD 

Take Command is your free online account management tool which allows you to:

  • View invoices
  • View services
  • Create reports
  • Make payments
  • Activate SIM’s
  • Manage settings
  • Set alerts

To get started, go to takecommand.com.au or ‘Account Login’ from commander.com.au and enter your username and password. Your username is the same as your Commander account number, and a temporary password would’ve been emailed to you when you first joined Commander. After logging in, you will land on the Dashboard page:

dashboard look

Please take a few minutes to read the Take Command User Guide  before you get started.

Mobile Troubleshooting

Mobiles

Troubleshooting your mobile:

  • Restart your phone 
  • Check for mobile coverage
  • Check for an outage (Add Optus outage link)
  • Check your phone software is up to date

Make sure you can see a 3G or 4G symbol at the top of your phone screen. If not, then in settings check your mobile data is not turned off.

If you’ve done the above checks and are still unable to connect, contact our technical support team on 132 777  
 

Priority Network Support

Priority Network Support is an additional service provided on our nbn™ plans. With Priority Network Support you get enhanced restoration times on nbn related faults. This service is highly recommended for businesses that cannot risk having their connection down for more than a day. 

  Priority Support  Standard Support 
Restoration target  8 operational hours  Next business day (5pm) if reported during operational hours 
Operational hours  7am - 9pm  8am - 5pm 
Operational days  Everyday  Monday to Friday 
Monthly fee (Inc GST)  $28  N/A 

 

Priority Network Support vs Standard Support

Priority Network Support vs Standard Support

What is the contact number for Priority Network Support?  

Call Commander on 132 777 to report a fault, if the issue is on the nbn network, we will log this and the 8-hour restoration time for Priority Network Support will kick in. 

PUK Code

A PUK code is an 8-digit code that is required to unlock your phone if you’ve entered your pin code incorrectly too often. 

To find your PUK code:

  • Log into Take Command  (your online account).
  • If you enter the PUK code incorrectly ten times, you will then need to contact our customer service team via email at [email protected] to order a new SIM.
  • If you have a mobile from another provider or purchased it independently then please check with the supplier if the phone is locked.
     

Take Command

Take Command is your online account management tool which allows you to view invoices, make payments, create reports and do so much more. Click here to log in, your username is the same as your Commander account number and a temporary password was emailed to you when you first joined Commander. 

For more information, check out the Take Command User Guide 

Logging-In

Logging in to Take Command

  1. Go to takecommand.com.au  
  2. Enter your Username and Password
    • Username is your Commander Account Number
    • Temporary Password (was emailed to you when you first joined Commander). 
  3. Press Enter 

When logging in for the first time, we recommend that you change your password.

Can’t remember your password?

If you’re unable to find your password or have changed it and can't remember, then click ’Forgotten password’ and complete the reset steps.
 

Unable to Send SMS/MMS

  • Check that you have mobile coverage; some places prevent a mobile signal, such as lifts, tunnels, and some large shopping centres.
  • Update your phone software if required.
  • Power cycle your device by turning it off and back on.
  • Check the network status, we use the Optus 4G Plus network.

If you’re still having issues and there are no outages, then our technical support team on 132 777.
 

Managing your Account

Take Command allows you to do the following:

  •  View invoices
  • View services
  • Create reports
  • Make payments
  • Activate SIM’s
  • Manage settings
  • Set alerts

To get started, go to takecommand.com.au or ‘Account Login from commander.com.au and enter your username and password. Your username is the same as your Commander account number, and a temporary password would have been emailed to you when you first joined Commander.

After login, you’ll land on the Dashboard page, where you’ll be able to see a summary of your Commander account details, such as your recent bills, any outstanding balances and current services. On the far left of your screen, you’ll find the menu options to access the different sections of your online portal:

Invoices
The invoices section has a history of all invoices that have been issued. This includes the date, invoice number, payments made and any outstanding amounts. For your convenience, invoices can be downloaded as a PDF or CSV spreadsheet. 

Services
The Services section allows you to manage the details of every service on your account. In this section the name of the service (Service Label) can be changed, added or updated at any time which then appears on your invoice e.g. Head Office Phone or John’s mobile.

In here you can also monitor unbilled usage by viewing any allowances used or calls made since your last invoice. Please note, the call data is not in real time and is updated every 3 days. Also, the charges displayed in here exclude any applicable promotions or discounts.

Reports
Here, you can generate reports on your voice services, including allocation of costs to each cost centre and unallocated service analysis. 

Payments
The payments section allows you to manage your payment activity, this includes making secured online payments, changing your payment method and viewing your payment history. 
Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club cards are all accepted but please note that surcharges do apply. To view surcharges, go to commander.com.au/customer-terms and look under the Schedule of Fees and Charges section.

Settings
This section allows you to edit your contact details, update your bill settings and change your password.

Alerts
Alerts can help keep a track of your mobile spend, data usage and set reminders for when your next bill is due. A standard alert will be pre-set on your mobile and/or broadband account. Additional alerts can be set based on usage or spend and we will send you a SMS when these thresholds are reached. Call and data records are not always up to date, so this feature should only be used as a guide. It is recommended that this is considered when setting up alert thresholds.

Contact Us
Here, you will find a list of relevant contact options.
For more information, check out the Take Command User Guide.

Securing your Account

Commander takes account security seriously and recommends the following:

  • Account Password: Can be reset via Take Command (your online account). 
  • Update Authorised Contacts: Ensure your authorised contacts are still valid and remove any contacts that should no longer be authorised on your account.
  • Changing Passwords: We suggest you change your password on a regular basis. 
     

Selecting the right plan

We want to ensure we provide solutions that best meet your business needs, so to upgrade your service(s) or for additional assistance, contact our sales team.

Our sales consultants will draw on their industry knowledge to discuss your unique circumstances and tailor a solution that best suits your business requirements.  

To speak with one of our sales consultants, call 1300 535 398 or chat to us online. 

Change of Ownership

Change of ownership is the process of legally transferring ownership of service(s) and account contracts from one legal entity to another. This usually happens when a new business with a different ABN number takes over the existing business.

Business Rule 

  • There must be no overdue balance on the account at the time of the transfer.

How do I request a change of ownership?

  • Download the change of ownership form here
  • Complete the form and ensure both parties have signed it 
  • Email the completed form

 
Once both parties have completed and signed the form, your request will be processed within 21 business days. Commander will notify both parties once the change of ownership has been completed. 

Billing

The current owner will remain liable for all charges incurred on the account before the transfer date and the new owner will be responsible for all charges incurred after the transfer date.

To understand the content and layout of your invoice, click here.
 

Payment and Invoices

Understanding your Invoice

Invoice after joining or plan change 

When you change your plan, relocate or migrate to a new service:

  • Anything you’ve paid in advance under your old plan - will be credited back to your account on a pro-rata basis.
  • You will be billed one month in advance for any new service or plan.

Sometimes changes can take 1 or 2 invoices to reflect accurately on your bill, depending on your billing cycle and when the changes have taken effect.

If you still have any questions, then please feel free to Contact Us
 

Billing Period

Bills are normally issued monthly unless agreed otherwise.

Payment Options

We encourage payment by direct debit from your bank account, credit card or other account and charge $3.95 if you choose to use another payment method, BPAY, or by cheque, money order, or credit card.

Some services require payment by direct debit.

A cheque processing fee may apply.

Please refer to your bill or view our Schedule of Fees and Charges on the Customer Terms page for more information.

Direct Debit

Direct debit is the best way to pay your bills  as other payment methods incur a fee of $2.75.

To set up a direct debit, just log into Take Command (your online account) and provide your payment details. 

Alternatively, you can contact us and we’ll help you set this up.

Online payment

Online payment is a convenient, secure way to pay your Commander bills.

To ensure your payment is processed correctly you must select the correct Online Payment method, from the options below.

Pay your bills directly from your Take Command account, if you:

  • Joined Commander on or after 1 March 2013
  • Are a former People Telecom customer

Go To Take Command 

 

Pay via our Online Payment System if you:

  • Joined Commander prior to 1 March 2013

Go to Online Payment System

 

Payments

PAYMENTS MENU

The payments menu allows you to manage anything related to your Commander services and payments, including: 

  • Making a Payment.
  • Changing your Payment Method; or 
  • Viewing your Payment History. 

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club cards are all accepted; however, surcharges do apply.

make a payment steps

Make Payment
Here, you can make a one-off payment using your credit card.

Payment History 
The payment history menu allows you to view previous payments. 

SETTING UP DIRECT DEBIT
In this section, you can set up a direct debit by using your bank account or credit card details.

Steps: 

  1. Fill out the direct debit form
  2. Sign the document and submit 
  3. Confirmation of your direct debit will be sent to you

Payment Extension/Plans

A payment plan allows you to pay any outstanding amount in regular instalments rather than in one large lump sum. 

To be eligible for a payment plan you must:

  • Have an active account with Commander 
  • No existing disputes or payment plans 
  • Agree to make an upfront payment of 35% of the current outstanding balance

To set up a payment plan or change an existing payment plan (we can accept up to two changes in three months) contact us by:

  • Phone: 1300 303 687
  • Email: [email protected] (Please note emails have a two business days response time)
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm AEST

Payments method

Commander offers numerous methods for payment.

Direct Debit: Direct debit is the easiest way to pay your bills as this will help prevent late payment fees and avoid any non-direct debit payment charges
To set up a direct debit, log into Take Command  (your online account) and enter your payment details. 
 
Post office: You can pay in person at any post office, all you need is the first page of your invoice that has the barcode. You can even print out a copy of the barcode and use the same barcode every time – just advise the teller as to how much you would like to pay.
 
BPAY: you can pay with BPAY using our biller code 21436 and your Customer Number.
 
Electronic Funds Transfer:
You can set up transfers directly from your bank account to ours:
BSB:083 032
Account:20037825

NOTE: Non-direct bill payments incur a surcharge of $3.95; there’s also an “Alternative Payment Method” fee of $2.75. 

Financial Hardship

Applying for Financial hardship

If you are experiencing genuine financial hardship and having difficulty paying your bill, then we have a variety of assistance options available. Please contact us via the following methods:

  • Phone: 1300 303 687
  • Email: [email protected] (Please note emails have a two business days response time)
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm AEST

 
REGISTERED FINANCIAL COUNSELLORS

You can talk to a financial counsellor from anywhere in Australia by calling 1800 007 007 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm, AEST), or you can visit the National Debt help Line on www.ndh.org.au.

If you would like a Financial Counsellor to work with us on your behalf, you will need to contact us on the means above to give them authority.

In times like this, there can be a ripple effect that impact your finances, businessand life – please contact the organisations below for further assistance:

Department of Human Services: Visit www.humanservices.gov.au for information about contacting Centrelink, Medicare or Child Support, and the Department of Human Services. 
 
 MoneySmart: Visit www.moneysmart.gov.au for independent guidance on how you can make most of your money. 
 
National Debt Helpline: Visit www.ndh.org.au to get free and independent assistance from one of the Financial Counsellors. If needed, you can call directly on 1800 007 007 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm, AEST). 
 

Financial Hardship and Payment Extensions

Payment Extensions

Commander can extend a payment due date by up to 6 weeks subject to eligibility.

To be eligible for a payment extension you must not;

  • Have any overdue balances from previous months
  • Have an existing payment plan 

If you require a payment extension, then please contact us via the following methods:

  • Phone: 1300 303 687
  • Email: [email protected] (Please note emails have a two business days response time)
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm AEST

 
NOTE: A payment extension will not delay the delivery of your next invoice or unbar any service that has already been confirm barred.
 

Spend Management Tools and Advice

Choosing the right plan

Choosing the right telecommunications product to suit your needs can help you to keep control of your spending from the start. We recommend that you review the applicable charges for plans, keep your expected use of the services in mind and be aware of any eligible savings, for example, by bundling your phone and internet with Commander.

Get everyone on board!

It's important to discuss responsible phone and internet use with your family, housemates and/or partner so that everyone understands how their use can impact your household financially. Especially for younger and teenage phone users, discuss the use of Premium Voice Services and Premium SMS / MMS Services that can rack up large, unexpected bills in a short space of time. We have provided further information on these services and available barring options below.

Account information over the phone

Staff can provide information regarding unbilled charges on your account and information regarding your usage. Your privacy is important to us, so be sure to have your account information handy so we can verify your identity.

Call Barring Requests and Call Controls

If you would like to manage your spending on Commander service/s, you can request that your account is restricted for particular call types or premium services.

Call Control is another option available to you which can prevent the calling of specific phone types from your landline.

For further information, please have a look at our fact sheets on Premium Voice Services and Premium SMS / MMS Services which discuss the risks of using these services and how you can keep in control.

Mobile Phone and Internet Usage Alerts

Commander sends automatic SMS or email usage alerts on its compatible plans to help you keep track of your excess usages charges. The alerts will be sent at 50%, 85% and 100% of your included data. More information is available at About Commander Usage Alerts

Other useful references

If you would like help with any of these spend management tools or further information, please contact us.

Handy billing and spend management links: