Stephen Conroy announced on Sunday that the Digital Television Transition will begin in 2010, after releasing the timetable for which broadcast areas will be shutting off their analogue systems and switching over to the new Digital stations. The broadcast area of Mildura will lead the pack switching off their signal in the first half of 2010, or between the 1st of January and the 30th of June 2010.
"The regional broadcasting licence covering the Sunraysia district in northern Victoria has the highest penetration of digital TV in Australia, at over 70 per cent of homes, so it makes sense to start there," Senator Conroy said in a statement to the press.
The regional broadcast areas of South Australia will then switch off in the second half of 2010; followed that by regional Victoria in the first half of 2011. Queensland will switch off their analogue systems in the second half of 2011.
New South Wales will be split in two timetables, with the broadcast areas of Griffith, the Eastern Riverina (inc. Wagga Wagga), Illawarra (inc. Wollongong), the Central Tablelands (Dubbo and Orange) will switch off their signals at the first half of 2012, with the ACT. Those switching off their signals in the second half will be the North West Slopes and Plains (Tamworth and Inverell), Tweeds (Byron Bay and Lismore), the Newcastle area and the Northern Rivers area (Coffs Harbour).
The entire state of Tasmania, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Noosa will switch to digital transmission at the first half of 2013. Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney will switch in the second half of 2013, with regional and remote WA and remote areas of Central and Eastern Australia.