SpaceX Starlink internet service is live in Australia, starting with VIC and NSW

SpaceX’s Starlink low-orbit satellite internet service is now available in limited supply in Australia! Back in February, we broke the news that the first Starlink hardware was in the country...
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SpaceX’s Starlink low-orbit satellite internet service is now available in limited supply in Australia! Back in February, we broke the news that the first Starlink hardware was in the country and now the Starlink service is active.

The Initial beta service is available in parts of central Victoria and southern New South Wales, with the service to expand across the country in the coming months.

Starlink users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations. SpaceX will continue to improve the service and expects latency, of 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021. Those keen to jump on Starlink should understand there may also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.   

The Starlink Kit contains the Starlink dish, wifi router, power supply, cables and mounting tripod. The hardware costs A$709, plus $100 shipping and handling, with the monthly internet service priced at $139.00 and currently has no data limit.

As more Starlink satellites are launched by SpaceX, additional ground stations are installed, networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.

The Starlink Shop also offers a couple of different mounting options for the dish. The Volcano Roof Mount is suitable for slanted roofs and costs A$69.00, while the Pipe Adapter allows you to mount the disk on a pole for A$69.00.

To see if Starlink is available in your area, visit starlink.com and enter your service address. If Starlink is not yet available in your area, you can place a deposit to hold your space in line for future service. 

While Starlink won’t be a better internet solution for those on FTTP, it will be a big step up for those on SkyMuster, Fixed Wireless and FTTN, making it a competitor to Australia’s NBN.

Let us know in the comments if you have ordered, or plan on ordering a Starlink service in Australia.

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  • David G
    9 April 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Just ordered! I live literally in the middle of a state forest in Central Vic. Completely offgrid and currently getting robbed by skymuster (so expensive and so slow). Very excited to see how well this goes!

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    • Jason Cartwright
      9 April 2021 at 8:22 pm

      Excellent, sound like you’re the perfect use case.

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      • angel
        9 April 2021 at 10:07 pm

        It’s priced at $99 a month and $499 for equipment

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        • grumpy
          10 April 2021 at 11:43 am

          NOT here in AU the rip off capital of the world where we pay triple what the rest of the world pays

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          • Nostromo
            10 April 2021 at 3:44 pm

            I mean not really I am not a huge musk shill but atm 100 USD to AUD = 131.20 so 131.20 + GST = $144.1 AUD and the sat 499USD = 654.68 aud + GST = $720.148 AUD idk maybe my maths is screwy but does that not mean we are paying the same as the the yanks but just with tax included?

            At equivelent to 540.53 USD and 105.97 monthly USD idk just seems the same cost with GST added which is hardly tripple or a rippoff its just actually including tax and its our own opted in for tax its not some company nickel and diming us like usual its just following local laws.

  • Darren K
    9 April 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Have ordered mine 10/2/21, now waiting. It’s for my home in the Adelaide Hills, SA. We have no ADSL, no FTTN and are offered NBN satellite. I’ve declined as the 4G Optus 500GB service has been good at ~ 20 to 60Mbps for $85/month.

    But Starlink will be so much better – especially if we don’t hit a data cap ! 3 teenagers and a wife all studying online means we used 787 GB last month = $85 + $50.00 in extra data charges = $125 AND we got speed shaped. I told the kids the shaped speed was far faster than dial up…

    So, an uncapped, 50 – 150 Mbps service at $139 / month is very good value. As I also work from home (like many of us do after COVID) I can write off the install cost as a tax deduction.

    I look forward to being able to watch ABC iView, Netflix again !

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  • Neil Varcoe
    9 April 2021 at 9:21 pm

    We’re on 100 acres in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area — three hours from Sydney and a million miles from good Internet.

    We’ve tried everything in the past 5 years, it’s so bad that we now get it for free.

    I’m beyond excited, no doubt Telstra is too. It solves a big problem for them and remote and regional Australians.

    We’ve paid our deposit a few weeks ago, and connection can’t come fast enough.

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  • Daniel Lawton
    9 April 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I paid my deposit on the 19th February, I first signed up middle of 2020.

    I’m still waiting for my kit, not sure when they send it. There’s no customer service info on their website so I an unable to contact them.

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  • Rdesigns
    10 April 2021 at 2:13 am

    Here at rdesigns we have already debunked this website of falsified info. The “February” post showed a EUROPEAN dish. The owner of this site didn’t bother to look up the electricity codes on the box.

    Second, no state in Australia have started or have Starlink dish’s. We contacted Starlink for comment and they deny any service in Australia being operational. They referred us to where they claim all satellites noted in red are in areas where the beta are not being offered at this time. Only the white satellites are transmitting and receiving network coverage.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      10 April 2021 at 7:47 am

      I know for a fact that Starlink was in Victoria 100% confidence. Is likely it was an early unit that came from Europe. Where it was made is not material to the region it operates in.

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  • Lars Klint
    10 April 2021 at 9:47 am

    Are there any validated install locations in central Victoria or southern NSW? I tried a bunch of different places in those areas and all came up as “available mid to late 2021”. I am located in central Victoria as well, and I am still “only” on pre-order.

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  • Mike
    10 April 2021 at 11:37 am

    Just moved to northern Tasmania. In the blackest of black spots (probably not, but…)
    Current satellite NBN rates and conditions are restrictive, to say the least.

    First thing I did was sign up to Starlink. Feb 2022 apparently.

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  • Beau
    10 April 2021 at 6:03 pm

    My dish is in the mail. Expected delivery date is the 26th April its coming from the states.

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    • Dan
      10 April 2021 at 10:33 pm

      I signed up on Feb 10th and heard nothing. I’m in the upper hunter nsw. Really need it for gaming and Web design. Telstra hasn’t upgraded 4g infrastructure to adequately service the area and nbn Co decided they wouldn’t upgrade the houses that have adsl to anything beside sky muster.

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    • Kris
      26 April 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Keen to hear the result Beau! I have ordered one today. I live on the central Coast in NSW and working from home.
      We are using Skymuster which is a disaster!

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  • Christos Katsaros
    10 April 2021 at 8:44 pm

    My parents live in Avenel Victoria and unfortunately have no cellular coverage in there residence and have been paying a premium price for the ridiculously slow NBN Skymaster Plus with latency speeds of 700-800ms and data caps of 150gb on peak and 15mbs down! Upload is completely useless. I quickly signed up to the Elon Musk’s Starlink in February 2021 and have been advised today that we’ll be receiving our Dish by April 26. If nothing else, Musk has proven himself as an innovator and revolutionary in the IT realm and I cannot wait to rip up my NBN subscription.

    Thank you Elon! 🙏

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  • Nick F
    10 April 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Ordered and eagerly waiting. Finally some hope of internet! Currently on an Optus home wireless system screwed to the side of my house. Getting 2-15 mbs.!

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  • nathan
    11 April 2021 at 8:50 am

    I’m in New Zealand. I can confirm starlink is incredible. Only a minute or 2 a day of no service. Speeds have been mostly around 300mbps and upload is around 40-50 mbps.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      11 April 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, that’s certainly great to hear the downtime is minimal (I’d say acceptable) and speeds are great.

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  • Willem d
    11 April 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Ordered my kit 9/4. See it’s currently in Sydney. Living in Burra, NSW with no mobile coverage and extremely slow NBN Satellite with latency off the charts. Very excited about Starlink.

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  • JDesal
    12 April 2021 at 2:04 pm

    My dish arrived today and is up and running great in suburban Canberra with speeds from 100-300 down and 30-60 up. Much much faster better than my vdsl system through iiNet.

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  • mark
    13 April 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I have just setup Starlink and i am seeing some pretty good speeds

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    • Jason Cartwright
      13 April 2021 at 8:30 pm

      That’s excellent Mark. Yep, seems like many are able to get around 300Mbps down which is a dramatic improvement on existing options in regional locations.

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      • mark
        13 April 2021 at 8:52 pm

        I don’t have any vdsl or nbn other than skymuster and currently using a wireless provider but the 250mbps this afternoon smashes anything i have been able to get here. I am only 20 minutes out of Canberra and this is an improvement well beyond anything currently on offer here.

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        • mark
          30 April 2021 at 2:42 pm

          My latest test speed topped out at 400Mbps down and 40Mbps up, very happy with Starlink. I live in Carwoola east of Queanbeyan

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    • Kris
      26 April 2021 at 8:01 pm
  • Tyrone
    15 April 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Can anyone tell me if Starlink will work in the Otway Ranges in Victoria?

    I’ve read it’s just for NSW and northern Vic…

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  • Judy Burriss
    24 May 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Do you see any issues applying for this as a backup link in a school in South Victoria? We currently have a 1Gb fibre connection and have been searching options for a second backup connection on a different medium, unable to get line of site for microwave.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      24 May 2021 at 6:15 pm

      No I think there’s a number of schools, businesses that are considering the same. Redundant links are a great idea, particularly in this time of cloud services. Technically the service is in beta, so the data is unlimited, just understand they may announce different plans once Starlink comes out of beta.

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  • Laurence Mayer
    20 June 2021 at 6:54 am

    I ordered it a few months ago when it became available. Frustratingly, I live in a semi-rural area that is bounded by NBN connections at the base of the Blue Mountains. There is no likelyhood of getting cable (fibre) NBN here so I jumped at the chance to get Starlink as I’m on fixed wireless which is god-awful. Am waiting for delivery 🙂

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