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This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will focus on the recent changes (proposed and effective) to privacy legislation and what the changes mean for telecommunications providers. It will also provide a brief update on developments around the Data Retention Regime and the access to retained data in civil proceedings.

On 23 February 2017, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill received Royal Assent with the new provisions becoming effective on 23 February 2018. The new law constitutes a significant change for providers as it requires them to give notice to the Australian Information Commissioner and affected individuals of an eligible data breach. The seminar will examine the new law and consider some of the ‘tricky issues’ such as the requirement to investigate suspected breaches or the threshold for causing ‘serious harm’, including emotional harm. The new requirements are especially important against the background of the Data Retention Regime which becomes fully effective on 13 April this year.

In addition to the Notifiable Data Breaches Bill, the seminar will provide insights into the Privacy Amendment (Re identification Offence) Bill 2016 which is now before the Senate. This Bill is set to amend the Privacy Act to prohibit conduct (and make it a punishable criminal or civil offence) related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members and other stakeholders.

Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissionerrogram:
  • “Data Retention Update” Speaker: Christiane Gillespie-Jones, Director Program Management, Communications Alliance
  • “Notifiable Breaches Bill and Re-Identification Offence Bill – Legal Overview” Speaker: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • “Data Breaches – Investigation, Remediation, Notification – Real Life Considerations” Speaker: Jason Holandsjo, Chief Privacy Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Telstra
  • “Notifiable Breaches – An OAIC Perspective” Speaker: Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner
  • Q&A Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
When:Thursday, 23 March 2017, 09:30am to 12:00pm
Where:SYDNEY - Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street
and via video link
MELBOURNE – Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street
Cost:Communications Alliance Members - No charge


Wednesday 19 July 2017 Sydney

The ACOMM Awards - a glittering showcase of telco industry achievement - are proudly presented by Communications Alliance.

The winners of the 2017 ACOMM Awards will be unveiled and celebrated during the 11th annual ACOMM Awards Dinner - to be held on Wednesday 19 July 2017 at the very elegant Hyatt Regency Sydney.

Visit the 2016 ACOMMS Awards Dinner photo gallery here and highlights video here

2017 Key Dates

Award Nominations Open: Monday 6 February

Early Bird Dinner Registrations Open: Monday 6 February

Award Nominations Close: Friday 21 April

Early Bird Dinner Registrations Close: Friday 19 May

Shortlisted Finalists Announced: Wednesday 14 June

ACOMM Awards Dinner & Winners Announced: Wednesday 19 July

ACOMMS 2017 - Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the ACOMMS provides a unique opportunity for brand positioning. As a sponsor, you will have your organisation highlighted in front of a sell-out audience of more than 500 - including some of the most influential professionals and decision-makers in the Telco industry. Please contact Carolyn Todd on +61 3 9663 3093 or email to discuss sponsorship opportunities at the 2017 ACOMM Awards.