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


Documents under review – comment period expired

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


C540:2013 LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY - INCORPORATING VARIATION NO.1/2016

The Code sets out inter-Carrier/CSP operational procedures for the implementation of Local Number Portability processes.

The aims of the review are to identify:
  • any existing issues with the Code;
  • whether any process improvement is required, from operational experience in dealing with the Code;
  • any gaps in the Code;
  • clarifications that improve requirements;
  •  whether the document is meeting the needs of industry and the community satisfactorily;
  • expected impact of technology changes; and
  • whether a need exists to amend, reconfirm or withdraw the Code.
The Code can be downloaded from here.

There are also a number of operational Guidelines which accompany the Code. These should be considered to determine if amendments are required.
G602.1:2016 Local Number Portability IT Specifications and Operations Manual Part 1 - General, give back and ported local number register processing
G602.2:2016 Local Number Portability IT Specifications and Operations Manual Part 2 - Category A Processing
G602.4:2016 Local Number Portability IT Specifications and Operations Manual Part 4 - Category C Processing
G602.5:2013 Local Number Portability IT Specifications and Operations Manual Part 5 - Category D Processing Defines the Category D Processing
G603:2013 Local Number Portability IT Test Strategy
G613.1:2016 Local Number Portability IT Test Plan Part 1
G613.2:2016 Local Number Portability IT Test Plan part 2 - Category A
G613.4:2016 Local Number Portability IT Test Plan Part 4 - Category C
G613.5:2013 Local number portability it test plan part 5 - Category D

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments, submit via email (info@commsalliance.com.au) or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post.

All submissions closed at 5 p.m. on Friday 20th August 2021. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY - INCORPORATING VARIATION NO.1/2016

  • TIO (707.4 KB)

  • Two confidential submissions were received


AS/ACIF S040:2001 FEATURES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on a scheduled review of the AS/ACIF S040:2001 Features for special needs of persons with disabilities Standard.

This Standard applies to certain Customer Equipment that uses a telephone handset or a keypad, that is manufactured in, or imported into Australia for use with the Standard Telephone Service. This Standard defines the technical requirements relating to the features of the equipment that is designed to cater for some of the special needs of persons with disabilities.

When this Standard was last reviewed, a Review Background paper was developed to provide information on why the Disability Standard was developed and the legislation that it is enforced under. This Background Paper is available from here. The section on ‘What has changed?’ is particularly useful in its observations of the evolving supply market, an aspect that is becoming increasingly relevant since the Background Paper was first drafted.

Further information on the Legislative Instrument and the Explanatory Statement for AS/ACIF S040 can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2015L00191.

Of interest to the readers of this review, the C625 Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Code was revised in 2020, including simplifying the compliance arrangements for suppliers to meet their obligations by using the Mobile & Wireless Forum Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) to provide information for their devices. The C625 Code can be found at https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/codes/c625. The Mobile & Wireless Forum’s GARI website is at https://www.gari.info/.

The Standard can be downloaded from https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/Standards/s040.

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments, submit via email (info@commsalliance.com.au) or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday 9 July 2021. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


C566:2005 RIGHTS OF USE OF NUMBERS

Specifies what is meant by a customer's rights of use of his/her number(s) and the obligations of carriage service providers in relation to the customer's number(s) when the customer's number(s) is reserved, issued and in quarantine.

The aims of the review are to identify:
  • any existing issues with the Code;
  • whether any process improvement is required, from operational experience in dealing with the Code;
  • any gaps in the Code;
  • clarifications that improve requirements;
  • whether the document is meeting the needs of industry and the community satisfactorily;
  • expected impact of technology changes; and
  • whether a need exists to amend, reconfirm or withdraw the Code.
The Code can be downloaded from  
Communications Alliance - C566:2005 Rights of Use of Numbers (commsalliance.com.au)

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday 14th May 2021. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

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.

Comments on Rights of Use of Numbers


COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE SEEKING REVIEW COMMENTS ON AS/CA S035:2015 REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF TEMPORARY FIELD TELECOMMUNICATIONS CUSTOMER CABLING FOR DEFENCE PURPOSES STANDARD

Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on the following Standard:
  • AS/CA S035:2015 Requirements for installation of temporary field telecommunications customer cabling for defence purposes
AS/CA S035 applies to the installation of temporary field cabling by Department of Defence personnel and overseas defence forces for defence purposes during exercise, training or operational deployment by the Department of Defence (DoD), or overseas defence forces exercising with Australian DoD personnel. It should be read in conjunction with other referenced Standards. This Standard sets out the minimum requirements to ensure that the installation or use of the cabling does not expose Carrier personnel, cabling providers, end-users or other persons to any danger; and the installation or use of the cabling does not adversely affect the integrity (proper end-to-end functioning) of a Telecommunications Network.

The publications can be downloaded from https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/Standards/S035

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments, submit via email (info@commsalliance.com.au) or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday 2 October 2020. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE SEEKING REVIEW COMMENTS ON AS/CA S041:2015 REQUIREMENTS FOR DSL CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT FOR CONNECTION TO THE PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK STANDARD

Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on the following Standard:
  • AS/CA S041:2015 Requirements for DSL Customer Equipment for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network
Part 1: General
Part 2: Modems for use in connection with all DSL services
Part 3: Filters for use in connection with all xDSL services

AS/CA S041 specifies the technical requirements for Customer Equipment , or the parts of the Customer Equipment that are designed or intended for connection to a DSL service that shares the metallic local loop with an analogue PSTN two-wire service. Part 1 provides the general requirements. Parts 2 and 3 provide the technical requirements for DSL Modem and xDSL Filter Customer Equipment respectively. ADSL and VDSL modems and filters are examples of Customer Equipment designed for connection to a DSL service operating over a shared metallic local loop with an analogue PSTN two-wire service.

The publications can be downloaded from https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/Standards

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments, submit via email (info@commsalliance.com.au) or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday 2 October 2020. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE SEEKING REVIEW COMMENTS ON AS/CA S043:2015 REQUIREMENTS FOR CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT FOR CONNECTION TO A METALLIC LOCAL LOOP INTERFACE OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK STANDARD

Communications Alliance is seeking comments from interested parties on the following Standard:
  • AS/CA S043:2015 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network
Part 1: General
Part 3: DC, low frequency AC and voiceband

AS/CA S043:2015 specifies the technical requirements for Customer Equipment that is designed or intended for connection to a Telecommunications Network via a metallic local loop interface. This Standard does not apply to Customer Equipment designed or intended for connection to HFC, coaxial cable or wireless local loop. Part 1 provides general requirements and Part 3 applies to Customer Equipment that is designed or intended to include one or more of the following capabilities: i) DC power feeding or signalling; ii) operation in the low frequency AC band, below 300 Hz; iii) operation in the voice frequency band or iv) operation above the voice frequency band up to 20 kHz

The publications can be downloaded from https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/Standards

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments, submit via email (info@commsalliance.com.au) or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday 2 October 2020. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


Communications Alliance Revising Guideline G660:2018, Assisting Customers Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence

The Guideline is a reference document for how providers can assist customers who are experiencing domestic or family violence. It was published in October 2018, and provides a range of methods and tools providers can consider, in addition to education for everyone in the telecommunications industry on the types and impacts of domestic and family violence.

Communications Alliance reviewed the document in 2019 and 2020, with an initial public comment period that closed on Friday 10 January 2020.

We sought input on experiences using the Guideline by both telecommunications suppliers and consumers, new information or practices to consider, or recommended changes. We welcomed input from all relevant parties, including consumers, specialists in domestic and family violence services, law enforcement, and industry.

A Working Group, consisting of industry and consumer representatives, is now revising the document, and anticipates further consultation at a later stage.

The current Guideline can be found here

Send input or questions via email to info@commsalliance.com.au.