Documents under review

All Communications Alliance published documents (Code/Guideline/Standard) are reviewed from time to time.

Review aims

To identify:
  • any existing issues with the document;
  • whether any process improvement is required, from operational experience in dealing with the document;
  • any gaps in the document;
  • clarifications that improve requirements;
  • whether the document is meeting the needs of industry and the community satisfactorily; and
  • expected impact of technology changes.
The document review will focus on its obligations and what it delivers, rather than compliance with the document, noting that it operates in the current legislative framework.

Review process

The Communications Alliance Document Maintenance Policy and Process defines the policy on the review of Communications Alliance documents.

All comments received will be considered by representatives of stakeholders to prepare a specific recommendation and reasons to revise, reconfirm or withdraw the published document.

Outcomes of the review

The outcome of the review of a document will be a decision to revise, amend (in the case of Standards), reconfirm or withdraw the published document.

Note that a review will not necessarily lead to the document being changed with a new version being published.

Want to submit a comment on document under review?

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Documents under review – open for comment


Communications Alliance is seeking comments for a scheduled review of the below document:

Prepaid Calling Card Guideline (G640:2015)

The objectives of this Guideline are to establish community safeguards for prepaid Calling Card Services by providing customers with sufficient information enabling them to make informed decisions about the costs and benefits of using any particular Calling Card.

The aim of the review is to identify:

  • any existing issues with the Guideline;
  • whether any process improvement is required, from operational experience in dealing with the Guideline;
  • any gaps in the Guideline;
  • clarifications that improve requirements;
  • whether the document is meeting the needs of industry and the community satisfactorily;
  • acknowledgement of any existing service specific barring requirements; and
  • expected impact of technology changes.

Comments received will be considered by the Operations Reference Panel and inform a specific recommendation for Communications Alliance. The outcome of the review will be a decision to revise, reconfirm or withdraw the Guideline.

COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT ARE REQUESTED BY 5P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2017

A copy of the Guideline can be found here.


Documents under review – comment period expired

The comment period has expired for the documents under review listed below.


Network interface voltage levels Guideline (ACIF G624:2005)

ACIF G624:2005 (.pdf, 267 KB)

Provides guidance for designers of Customer Equipment and test laboratories, indicating the minimum voltage levels that should be supported for each category of Customer Equipment in the TLN for which a safety Standard is required.

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5.00 P.M. ON TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017


Supporting arrangements for the supply of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Customer Equipment (ACIF G563:2001)

ACIF G563:2001 (.pdf, 110 KB)

Sets out information about DSL Customer Equipment that should be made available to consumers and retailers and also specifies requirements for a process for suppliers of DSL Customer Equipment to be able to verify interoperability with Carriage Service Providers’ equipment.

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5.00 P.M. ON TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017


Review of Standards for PSTN Customer Equipment and Customer Access Equipment

AS/CA S002:2010 (668 KB)
AS/CA S003.1:2010 (1016 KB)
AS/CA S003.2:2010 (281 KB)
AS/CA S003.3:2010 (199 KB)

Background Paper
 
Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on the AS/CA S002 Analogue interworking and non-interference requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network  and AS/CA S003 Requirements for Customer Access Equipment for connection to a Telecommunications Network  Standards. This review is a part of Communications Alliance’s periodic review of its publications.

AS/CA S002 specifies the technical requirements for Customer Equipment designed or intended for connection to an analogue Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) two-wire service.

AS/CA S003 (in three Parts) specifies the technical requirements for Customer Equipment that is designed with multiple ports  that provides or is intended to provide access to a Telecommunications Network; these devices being capable of switching, storage, processing, conversion, integration, line isolation/coupling or multiplexing of analogue or digital voice or voice equivalent communication.

A Background Paper has been developed to provide further information on telephony services employing IP-based packet technologies and the Australian Government's Multi Technology Mix (MTM) policy for the nbn network and the medium-to-longer term relevance of these two Standards in managing the risks associated with the supply, connection and operation of customer equipment used for voice communications.
 
COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5.00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY 13 July 2016


Review of Standards for customer cabling installation and cabling products

AS/CA S008:2010 (328 KB)
AS/CA S009:2013 (2.2MB)

Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on the AS/CA S008:2010 Requirements for customer cabling products and AS/CA S009:2013 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules) Standards. This review is a part of Communications Alliance’s periodic review of its publications.

AS/CA S008 applies to cabling products, including cable and related customer equipment, intended for connection to the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network.

AS/CA S009 applies to the installation and maintenance of fixed or concealed cabling or equipment that is connected to a telecommunications network, including cord/cordage, that is connected as fixed or concealed cabling.

This review is primarily focused on AS/CA S008 but due to its relationship to AS/CA S009 as the installation Standard of these products, AS/CA S009 has also been added to the review in the eventuality that changes to AS/CA S008 may impact on the requirements of AS/CA S009.

The following areas have been suggested (but not restricted) for review as various issues have been brought to the attention of Communications Alliance since AS/CA S008 was last published:

  • fire rating of cables - to support the installation of cables within fire compartments within different building types as specified in the ABCB National Construction Code (NCC). The review may include how cable types are defined (ref to ISO 1716 Reaction to fire tests for products Standard and the European Union cable’s ‘Reaction to Fire’ classes).
  • specification of requirements for telecommunications cabling carrying remote power.
  • safety requirements for fusion splicing in intrinsically safe areas.
  • compatibility requirements for 6-position (RJ11) modular plugs with 8-position 8-contact (RJ45) modular sockets.
  • alignment with Parts 1 & 2 of the AS/NZS IEC 60825.1 optical fibre safety Standard.
  • performance of travelling cables supporting applications within lifts.
  • whether pre-terminated optical fibre cables are considered to be and are to meet the requirements of cords.
  • the addition of a new grade of polyamide PA10.12 nylon material to the AS 1049.1 Telecommunications Cables – Insulation, sheath and jacket Part 1 – Materials Standard.
 COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5.00 P.M. ON THURSDAY 14 July 2016