NBN 12 plans

Only need the very basics? An NBN 12 plan might be for you.

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NBN 12 plans are on the lowest NBN speed tier, but that doesn't mean they aren't any good. These speeds are best for people who don't use the Internet very often, with prices that won't break the bank.

  • Great for 1-2 people with low Internet use
  • Suitable for standard video streaming, emails and basic Internet use
  • Choose between unlimited and data capped plans depending on your data needs

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What is NBN 12?

NBN 12 is the first of the six NBN speed tiers available in Australia. Its speeds are comparable to old ADSL speeds which averaged around 8Mbps in Australia. NBN 12 is marginally faster, with most plans offering at least 10Mbps.

  • NBN 12: Offers 12Mbps maximum download speeds and 1Mbps maximum upload. It is also known as the Basic I speed tier.

Your maximum upload speed on NBN plans will always be slower than downloads. For most people, this won't cause too much of an issue, since you download far more than you upload.

Is 12Mbps fast Internet?

12Mbps isn't usually considered fast Internet since it's the slowest NBN Internet connection you can get. While it should be fast enough for one or two people to stream Netflix at standard definition at the same time, it's not recommended for heavier usage.

That said, NBN 12 is still suitable for:

  • Small households of 1-2 people
  • Light video streaming (no more than 2 streams going on at the same time)
  • Basic web browsing
  • Emails

If you live on your own and don't use the Internet very much, an NBN 12 plan may be enough.

What is the best NBN 12 plan?

The best NBN 12 plan for you will depend on:

  • Data. Data caps may lower your monthly cost. If you don't use the Internet very often, a cap of 100GB might already be more than you need.
  • Phone line. Some NBN 12 plans offer a home phone line bundled in. It'll usually cost you $10 extra each month to get unlimited standard calls on your home phone.

When it comes to the best speed on NBN 12 plans, most plans will have similar typical evening speeds (around 10Mbps or more) so it's not such a huge factor to consider.

While data caps might lower the cost of your plan, always compare your options to make sure you're getting the best deal.

  • Note: According to plans in our database, the average NBN 12 plan with unlimited data will cost you just over $57 per month. NBN 12 plans with a 100GB limit averages $58 a month, which means that getting a data cap isn't always the best value.

Although there is no single best NBN 12 plan, here's a breakdown of three popular providers and what they've got to offer in this speed category.

TPG logo


TPG has 3 types of NBN 12 plans on offer. You can grab as little as 10GB a month, 100GB or unlimited data. Prices range from $29.99 to $59.99 a month depending on how much data you're after.

  • Keep in mind: The difference between 100GB or unlimited data every month is just $10, so if you're worried you'll exceed your allowance, it might be worth the little extra to make sure you're covered.

All of TPG's NBN 12 plans come with a typical evening speed of 12Mbps, which is the maximum for the speed tier. You also have the choice between signing up to a month-to-month contract or 6-month contract. The $99.95 set-up fee is waived if you sign up for 6 months.

iiNet Logo


iiNet is wholly owned by TPG, but has its own separate NBN plans. The two providers are similar, but iiNet maintains a good reputation for customer service.

iiNet only sells one NBN 12 plan which comes with 500GB for $59.99 a month.

  • Note: iiNet's NBN 25 plan (that's one speed category faster than NBN 12) is the same amount per month but offers you less data. This might be a better option for you if you think you'll need faster Internet. With NBN 12 speeds, it's unlikely that you'll ever download anything near 500GB a month anyway.

Similarly to TPG, iiNet's plan comes with the full 12Mbps typical evening speed. You've got the choice to BYO modem with iiNet (unlike TPG) or buy one from them for $99.95. If you sign up to iiNet on a 6-month contract, you'll get a $40 discount on your modem.

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