Committees and Groups
The CECRP/PAG is a standing Advisory Group charged with the responsibility of reviewing queries on AS/ACIF Standards and ACMA Technical Standards and developing responses on behalf of Communications Alliance.
The Communications Security Reference Panel will assume responsibility for security-related matters that impact Australian telecommunications providers. The CSRP will be a standing advisory body comprised of industry subject matter experts, with a remit to oversee and coordinate Communications Alliance facilitated industry security initiatives, both current and prospective, including engagement with Government on national Telecommunications Security Sector Reforms and related debate on data retention and lawful interception; telecommunications fraud prevention; engagement with Government on Cyber Security and Cyber Safety; and relaunching of the former IIA’s iCode and National Online Security Council (NOSC), including the Family Friendly Filter/Family Friendly ISP initiatives.
The Customer Equipment and Cabling Reference Panel identifies and reviews customer equipment and customer cabling issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing standards, codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
The Data Retention Implementation Plan Working Group was established as a result of the new data retention obligations. It assists providers with meeting their obligations under the new law and, where required, with the development of data retention plans.
The Fixed Line Administration Group (FLAG) was established to provide a forum for industry fixed line service providers to consider network related developments, issues and events and to propose appropriate solutions, particularly where end customers are impacted.
ICAG is a standing group for CA members to examine matters related to the delivery of services to end users, including the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code. ICAG engages with a range of stakeholders including consumer representatives, industry regulators, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) and other interested parties.
The group was established to provide a platform for CA members to develop and drive policy outcomes as they relate to the communications-specific aspects of the IoT where this is not already done (and is unlikely to be done) by other bodies or organisations, including IoTAA and Standards Australia. The group also provides input into the work of the Standards Australia committee IT-042 Internet of Things as required. This includes providing advice for the balloting of standards and other documents.
The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Administration Group ensures the efficient operation of MNP within the scope of the Mobile Number Portability Industry Code (C570:2009).
The Mobile Premium Services Carrier Group examines opportunities for operational efficiencies and industry growth in the delivery of Mobile Premium Services from an end carriage service provider perspective.
The NOST Working Group is developing communications and operational plans to help RSPs and Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers to manage transition of relevant services and devices from copper to fibre based telephone services and to assist end-users of OTT services (and in particular personal medical alarm services) to manage the transition from copper to fibre based telephone services.
The Network Reference Panel identifies and reviews network issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
The Numbering Working Group represents telecommunications providers in relation to matters pertaining to numbering in the telecommunications industry.
The Communications Alliance Operations Council is comprised of senior representatives from member companies to guide and help manage the core operational activities of the Alliance.
The Operations Reference Panel identifies and reviews issues likely to affect industry operational matters and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines, IT specifications and other related documentation.
To help provide Australians with better telecommunications services more quickly and cost effectively, telecommunications carriers have limited special powers to enter land to inspect it and to install and maintain facilities.
The Satellite Services Working Group represents and advances the interests of Communications Alliance members involved in the delivery of satellite-based network and facilities services on a wholesale and/or retail basis.
The Local Number Portability Code NBN Requirements Working Committee (WC50) is to develop recommendations for an LNP framework in a fully realised NBN environment.
WC53 NBN Access Transfer Code revision
The NBN Access Transfer working committee is revising the C647:2017 NBN Access Transfer Industry Code to address the comments received during the review of the Code and to review the processes concerning invalid, unauthorised or repeat transfers.
The Calling Number Display Code Revision Working Committee (WC57) is to revise the Calling Number Display Industry Code (C522:2007), including clarification of supplier obligations in providing customer information; review of existing obligations to include VOIP services; to limit the scope of the Code to residential and business customers; to ensure compatibility with existing legislation; and to consider the Code for registration with the ACMA.
The VDSL2 and Vectoring Working Committee (WC58) is to revise the:
- C559:2012 Unconditioned Local Loop Service (ULLS) Network Deployment Industry Code,
- AS/ACIF S043 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network Australian Standard, and
- AS/ACIF S041:2009 Requirements for DSL Customer Equipment for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network Australian Standard
- to align with international developments in VDSL2 technology e.g. ITU-T Recommendations G993.2 and G.993.5.
The Mobile Premium Services Code 2014 Amendment Working Committee (WC62) is to amend the Mobile Premium Services Industry Code (C637:2011) to include new obligations relating to the charging of premium fees for opt-out of marketing messages and provision of information relating to MPS barring, and removal of the current industry compliance reporting obligation.
The WC68 FTTB/N and Other Migration Processes Working Committee 68 has been established to perform an area of work identified by Telstra, NBN Co and the ACCC. Specifically, the WC will develop a guideline , followed by a longer term document capturing the migration processes for nbn FTTB, FTTN and HFC services.
The Priority Assistance Working Committee 69 has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Operations Reference Panel, including the creation of a Guideline to replace the existing Priority Assistance Code.
The New Cellular and IMT Customer Equipment RequirementsWorking Committee is developing new cellular and IMT Customer Equipment emergency call service and display requirements for the general Part of the AS/CA S042.1:2015 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network Standard to cater for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services and the use of IP Multimedia Services Identity Modules (ISIMs).
The Accessibility Information Code revision Working Committee is revising the C625:2009 Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Code to address the comments received during the review of the Code and to review the compliance arrangements for mobile handset suppliers with the intention of rationalising the dual-path compliance arrangements. If the Working Committee agrees to revise the compliance arrangements for mobile handset suppliers then the G627:2014 Operational Matrices for Reporting on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Guideline will also be updated accordingly.
The Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications working committee has been established to produce a revised version of the C525:2010 Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications Industry Code. This work will also incorporate the updating of industry contact lists if necessary.
The Customer Cabling Connection to the NBN Working Committee Working Committee is revising the Cabling existing telecommunications services in the customer’s premises for the NBN via FTTP Industry Guideline (G649:2014) to cater for the additional types of access technologies being deployed to connect users to the NBN under the nbn Multi Technology Mix (MTM), including FTTN, FTTB, FTTdp and HFC. Cabling issues relating to the migration of Over the Top (OTT) services such as monitored fire alarms and lift emergency phones are also to be addressed.
The Customer cabling installation and cabling products Working Committee is to revise the AS/CA S008:2010 Requirements for customer cabling productsand AS/CA S009:2013 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules) Standards to update the telecommunications cabling product and installation requirements to current industry practices and standards.
The Mobile Premium Services Code Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Operations Reference Panel (ORP). Specifically, the Working Committee is to carry out a variation of C637:2011 Mobile Premium Services Code Incorporating Variation No.1 2014.
The WC83: Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Revision Working Committee is to perform an area of work identified in the review of the Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment (C564:2011) Industry Code.
The WC84: TCP Code Working Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Industry Consumer Advisory Group Reference Panel (ICAG). Specifically, the Working Committee is to revise the C628:2015 Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code
The Advanced Mobile Location Carrier Interface Working Committee is to create a new part 6 of G557:2014 Location Indication for Emergency Communications Industry Guideline to support the transfer of Advanced Mobile Location (AML) information at the point of interconnection for emergency calls.
The Advanced Mobile Location For Mobile Devices Working Committee to revise or amend the AS/CA S042.1:2018 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General Standard to support the transfer of Advanced Mobile Location (AML) information from a mobile device to a mobile network for emergency calls.
The Emergency Calling Interface Revision Working Committee is to revise or amend, as required, the:
- G549:2000 Interconnection Implementation Plan; and
- G500:2000 Signalling System No. 7 - Interconnection ISUP Specification
to support the transfer of international CLI at the point of interconnection for emergency calls.
The WC91: Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) Working Committee is to revise the C555:2017 Integrated Public Number Database Industry Code in order to address deficiencies in the Code identified by the ACMA.