Drafts for Public Comment

In the course of preparation of a Communications Alliance Publication, a draft is released for public comment. Immediately below is/are the current draft(s) that is/are available for public comment. Drafts may be downloaded and reviewed off-line.

Want to submit a comment on a draft document?

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.


Current Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

Expired Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

The documents listed below are drafts on which the period for public comment has ended. These documents are provided for reference.


Comments sought on Draft Australian Standard on mobile and satellite customer equipment requirements

DR S042.1:2017 (575 KB)
DR S042.4:2017 (427 KB)

The General and IMT Customer Equipment Parts of the Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network Standard have been revised and Communications Alliance is now seeking public comment on the proposed changes.

Part 1 specifies the general requirements and test methods for Customer Equipment for use in connection with a PMTS or a Satellite Service in order to meet the regulatory arrangements for such equipment in Australia. Proposed changes to Part 1 include: the addition of new wireless technologies including VoLTE, VoWiFi, ISIM, eUICC, GUTI and IMS; amending the general emergency service access requirement; updating and aligning with international Standards; clarifying the requirements for the Emergency Service Number 106; and the removal of user indicator requirements for PMTS and Satellite Customer Equipment.

Part 4 specifies requirements for IMT CE that is designed or intended for use in connection with an IMT public mobile telecommunications service (PMTS). Proposed changes to Part 4 include: the addition of new requirements for Carrier Aggregation, NB IoT, Cat M1 and V2X technologies, updating and aligning with international Standards; and ensuring alignment with ETSI Standards as called up under the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED).
Information on the Working Committee which developed the Standard, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEDT) ON FRIDAY 2 MARCH 2018.


Comments sought on draft Industry Code Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications Incorporating Variation No.1/2018

DR C525:2017 (1,047 KB)

The Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications Incorporating Variation No.1/2018 Code sets out standard procedures for the cooperative handling, including Communications Tracing, by Suppliers and the National Relay Service Provider (NRSP) of communications which traverse the network(s) of one or more Suppliers and are connected with Life Threatening Communications or a Pattern or Specified Number of Unwelcome Communications.

Following the registration and implementation of the 2017 Code, minor changes to the practical application of processes in chapter 4 and chapter 5 were identified.

The changes in this variation are:

  • Parties must consult with the Helpline if they wish to deviate from any processes under chapter 5, and establish there is no objection from the Helpline to the process deviation. (i.e. if the Helpline objects, the A-Party must continue to adhere to the process under the Code).
  • Warning letter templates have been updated advising the point of contact, if there is a dispute, is the relevant Helpline dispute resolution area.
  • An action request from the B-Party to the A-Party must include the Helpline’s dispute resolution contact details (for the A-Party to include in the letter).
  • Supplier obligations given greater clarity and made more consistent between handling general Unwelcome Communications and Unwelcome Communications received by a Helpline.

Information on the Working Committee which developed the variation, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEDT) ON WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018.


Comment Sought on Industry Code C518:2006 Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the C518:2006 Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code.

The Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code (C518) was first published in 1998 and has not undergone any required changes since its third edition in 2006. This Code, as part of an Operational Deregistration review has been proposed for deregistration and repeal.
  • The requirements of this Code are no longer fit for today’s environment, given that there are no telephony services in Australia today which are purely circuit switched telephony services.
  • The Code itself is based on the AUSTEL Technical Standard TS029-1996 which is obsolete.
  • The PSTN Test Call equipment used for making and receiving test calls for assessing compliance with the Code are at end of life with very limited support available from manufacturers.
  • The telecommunications industry is very competitive and constantly evolving, and since the introduction of this Code, many plans in the market place now include high monthly call allowances for local, national and mobile calls, or unlimited bundles.
  • The Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code contains obligations that require suppliers to be able to verify and demonstrate Billing Accuracy.
  • The systems and process in place for conducting call charging audits are mature and stable and are reflected in the past 20 years of consistently satisfactory annual results.
The Code can be downloaded from here. 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..  Information on the Operations Reference Panel, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017.

Comments on Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code


Comment Sought on Industry Code C519:2004 End to End Network Performance for the STS

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on C519:2004 End to End Network Performance for the STS.

The End to End Network Performance for the STS Code (C519) was first published in 1998 and has not undergone any revision changes since 2004. This Code, as part of an Operational Deregistration review has been proposed for deregistration and repeal.This Code is based on the AUSTEL Technical Standard TS027 which is obsolete.
  • With the evolution of newer technologies, C519 has effectively been replaced by G634:2013 Quality of Service parameters for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.
  • The Code no longer has any practical value to consumers and industry due to the declining use of circuit switched networks.
The Code can be downloaded from here. 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..  Information on the Operations Reference Panel, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017.

Comments on End to End Network Performance for the STS


Comment Sought on Draft Industry Code DR C637:2011 Incorporating Variation No.1/2017 Mobile Premium Services

DR C637:2011 (625KB)

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the draft Code C637:2011 Incorporating Variation No.1/2017 Mobile Premium Services

The Mobile Premium Services Code establishes obligations for appropriate community safeguards and customer service requirements upon suppliers of Mobile Premium Services.

The following Variations to the Code have been proposed:

  • removal of the term ‘Free Msg’ to avoid confusion some consumers are experiencing and to improve the information communicated to consumers;
  • inclusion of the option for End Carriage Suppliers to resolve complaints relating to Mobile Premium Services directly with their Customer; and
  • addition of the term ‘Personal Information’ to align with the Privacy Act.

The draft Code can be downloaded from the Drafts for Public Comment page along with further information on how to submit comments.  Information on the Working Committee which developed the Code, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 27 JULY 2017.

Comments on Mobile Premium Services Code


Industry Managed Numbering Arrangements Consultation Paper

CA Industry Managed Numbering May 2017 (355 KB)

The Industry Managed Numbering Consultation Paper sets out the preferred approach of Communications Alliance to take on the management of telecommunications numbering. The proposed numbering scheme would transfer numbering management from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to Communications Alliance, as the peak body representing the telecommunications industry.

The proposal would align with principles for an industry managed numbering scheme under deregulatory proposals in the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017, currently before Parliament. Additionally, the proposal would align with complementary changes in the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00PM (AEST) ON FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017.

Comments on Industry Managed Numbering Arrangements Consultation Paper