Events 2019

Consumer Data Right in the Telecommunications Sector

Wednesday 30 October 2019

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The Consumer Data Right (CDR) legislation, passed by Federal Parliament in August, aims to provide greater choice and control for Australians over how their data is used and disclosed. It will allow consumers to access particular data in a usable form and to direct a business to securely transfer those data to an accredited data recipient – making it easier for other providers of the same service to compete for an individual’s business.

Banking is the first sector to implement the CDR in Australia, with launch expected in early 2020.

Telco will soon be asked to implement the CDR, with major implications for every CSP in Australia.

What will be expected of industry? Does telco have to implement in the same way as the banks? What are the implications for data management, privacy and competition?

Our expert panel will explore these questions and more. This Comms Essentials seminar offers a valuable head-start to preparing for the CDR revolution.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members who will be affected by the Consumer Data Right, including all Carriage Service Providers (CSPs) and those with consumer, legal, technical, or privacy interests in the topic.


•    Baker McKenzie: Patrick Fair, Partner
•    ACCC: Bruce Cooper, General Manager Consumer Data Right Branch
•    The Treasury: Daniel McAuliffe, Senior Advisor
•    Q&A Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When:Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:30am for 10:00am to 12:00pm

SYDNEY – Baker McKenzie, Level 46, Tower One, Barangaroo, Sydney
MELBOURNE – Baker McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street
VIDEO and PHONE – Register for further details

TCP Code 2019: Deep dive webinar

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Communications Alliance will be hosting a webinar to provide detailed information and answer RSP questions on the revised TCP Code, which comes into effect on 1 August.

The ACMA will also present on their compliance and enforcement priorities, and Communications Compliance will join to discuss Code obligations and attestation.

When:Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Time:1:00pm - 4:30pm

TCP Code 2019

Wednesday 03 July 2019 Sydney and Melbourne

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This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will present an overview of the important new revisions to the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code.

The TCP Code was revised by an independently chaired Communications Alliance working committee consisting of representatives from industry, consumers, government, and regulators in an 18-month project. It was then submitted to the ACMA for registration by Communications Alliance. The ACMA is considering registration, following which RSPs will have one month to become compliant with the new Code.

The revised TCP Code will be published upon registration, prior to the Comms Essentials.

This seminar will provide an overview of key revisions to the Code and information on associated compliance and enforcement activities, including presentations from the ACMA and Communications Compliance. It will address key themes of consumer protection, and we will also invite questions and discussion.

Communications Alliance will also host, at a later date, a longer webinar to delve into the detailed changes and offer an opportunity to address specific questions from RSPs.

Please note: We will confirm this event with all registered guests – or notify them of cancellation if needed – on Friday 28 June, as it is dependent upon the registration of the Code by the ACMA.

Event attendance:

Communications Alliance members, all Retail Service Providers bound by the Code, and other stakeholders.

Please note: While Comms Essentials are typically offered only to Communications Alliance members, this event will be open to all interested parties.


  • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
    Speaker: Fiona Cameron, Authority Member
  • Panel
    • Communications Alliance: Jessica Curtis, Policy and Regulation Manager
    • ACMA: Vince Humphries, Executive Manager, Communication Safeguards & Network
    • Communications Compliance: Visu Thangavelu, Executive Director
  • Q&A
    John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
When:Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 9.00am for 9:30am to 11:30am
Where:SYDNEY – Baker McKenzie, Level 46, Tower One, Barangaroo, Sydney
MELBOURNE – Baker McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street
VIDEO and PHONE – Register for further details


ACOMMS2018-logo-AThe ACOMMS – the telecommunications sector’s annual Industry Awards – are the moment that our industry comes together to celebrate and recognise excellence. Now in their twelfth year, the nationally recognised and highly-coveted ACOMMS will be awarded in 2019 on the evening of 15 August 2019 at the stunning Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

Nominations for the 2019 ACOMM Awards are now closed!

The telecommunications sector’s annual Industry Awards – The ACOMMS - recognise excellence in the wider communications ecosystem, rewarding and profiling companies which have excelled within the industry around the nation, regardless of size, location, and whether service providers, vendors, or suppliers of professional services.
- Award Nominations Close: Friday 10 May 2019

Celebrate your achievements with your industry - nominate for the 2019 ACOMM Awards! There is no charge to nominate. 

Visit the 2018 ACOMMS photo gallery here and highlights video here. And see the 2018 winners here

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2020

ACOMMS is a sell-out event with over 450 senior industry people attending. Sponsoring the ACOMMS provides a unique opportunity for brand positioning.  As a sponsor, you will have your organisation highlighted in front of 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 ACOMM Awards 2020. 

ACOMMS 2019 Photo Galley

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Assistance and Access Act 2018 (Encryption Bill) Forum

Wednesday 06 February 2019 Sydney

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On 6 December 2018, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendments (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 was passed in both Houses of Parliament after Labor had withdrawn a number of suggested amendments in return for Government’s promise to review the Act and consider the amendments in the New Year. The PJCIS is currently reviewing the legislation and is tasked to produce a report by 4 April 2019.

A collective of Industry Groups, including Communications Alliance, the Australian Industry Group(Ai Group), the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) and the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) has recently made a submission to the PJCIS, recommending a raft of changes, drawing on the expertise of its members and recommending incorporation of the most useful aspects of the Labor amendments.

This Forum will provide an overview over the recommended changes to the legislation followed by observations from an expert panel, Q & A and discussion.

Event attendance:

  • Members of the organisations comprising the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet
  • News media representatives
  • Baker McKenzie clients
  • Selected other stakeholders


9.30amArrival & Coffee
10.00amWelcome & Opening Remarks
- John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
10.10amOverview Joint Industry Submission to PJCIS Review
- Christiane Gillespie-Jones, Director Program Management, Communications Alliance
10.40amPanel Discussion
- Dr Vanessa Teague, Assoc. Prof, University of Melbourne (Cryptography)
- Robert Hudson, President, Information Technology Professionals Association (IPTA)
- Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker McKenzie
- Ron Gauci, CEO, Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
- Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Executive Director, Blueprint for Free Speech
11.50amClosing Remarks
- John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance