The Legislative Assembly today passed the utilities tax they proposed in the June budget.
This means from January 1 they will charge the various utilities for the land their infrastructure uses, which is supposed to net the government some millions of dollars.
The government told the utilities at the time not to worry about it because they can just past the cost onto consumers.
A Telstra spokesman said the company is going to do exactly this. He said the cost to the average household could be as much as and extra $36 on their phone bills each year.