Issue No 19: 18 July 2017



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  • ACOMMS 2017: 19 July 2017  here
  • Comms Essentials - Fraud and Mobile Payments: 2 August 2017 - Register here


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Communications Alliance Submission to the OAIC Draft Resources for the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme

Communications Alliance has made a submission in response to the OAIC’s public consultation on the four pieces of draft guidance for the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) Scheme:
  1. Entities covered by the NDB scheme
  2. Notifying individuals about an eligible data breach
  3. Identifying eligible data breaches
  4. Australian Information Commissioner’s role in the NDB scheme
In its submission, Communications Alliance commends the OAIC for the timely release of the draft guidance documents which, overall, are well structured, well written and comprehensive.

The submission makes a number of suggestions for further consideration and guidance, for example:

  • Further guidance regarding the definition of the term ‘holding of information’ and the consequences of that definition on notification obligations;
  • Guidance on the application of the legislation to APP entities vs. entities;
  • A request for a review of the guidance material 12 months after the commencement of the Scheme;
  • A reduced focus on notification and an increased focus on remedial action and prevention;
  • Guidance around situations where entities in the supply chain might have diverging opinions on notification requirements; and
  • Clarification around the confidentiality of information provided to the Commissioner.

Comms Essentials – Fraud and Mobile Payments

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017


This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will focus on fraud committed using a mobile device and mobile payments more generally.

Given consumers’ increasing preference to use mobile devices for all kinds of everyday activities, it is not surprising that these devices are also being used to commit or attempt to commit fraud, particularly for financial transactions.

Also of interest for our industry is the arrival of the New Payments Platform with the launch targeted for November 2017. The new platform will enable real-time clearing and settlement for simple or complex payment solutions, between two people or between many different parties. It is expected that a large number of financial institutions and other organisations will connect to the platform over time.

Fraud, ID theft and mobile payments, the way they relate to each other and what can be done to minimise the former while facilitating the latter is a topic of priority for the telecommunications industry. An informed debate will assist all stakeholders to move into a more secure mobile payments future.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members.



“Fraud using a mobile phone: how, when, who – an overview”
Speaker: David Pegley, Managing Director, Australian Financial Crimes Exchange
Speaker: Detective Acting Superintendent Matt Craft, Acting Commander of the NSW Police Force’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad

“New Payments Platform – what is it and what will it mean?”
Speaker: Adrian Lovney, Chief Executive Officer, NPP Australia

“Liability issues for telecoms providers for fraud and identity theft”
Speaker: Baker McKenzie

Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
Where: Sydney - Baker McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Melbourne - Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street, Melbourne is a video link to Sydney
Register: Here


New Members

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new members;




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Telco Together raffle at the 2017 ACOMM Awards

Show your support for people in need by getting a ticket in the Telco Together raffle at the 2017 ACOMM Awards. Prizes are;
  • 1st Prize:  Day on a Super Yacht Cruising Sydney Harbour for 10 people $15,000. Use of 121ft motor yacht, fully crewed including gourmet lunch and refreshments prepared by private chef. Great for an executive retreat or employee reward.
    Special thanks Acquire Business Outsourcing Solutions for this very generous prize donation 
  • 2nd Prize: Luxury Byron Bay Escape, worth $1,500
    Donated by Inabox
  • 3rd Prize: $500 Westfield Shopping Voucher
    Donated by the Vocus Group
  • 4th Prize: Sydney Kings NBA Basketball Tickets Package worth $250
    Donated by the Sydney Kings.

ACOMM GUESTS - have you heard?



Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) is Now Accepting Applications

Application deadline is 2 September 2017 by 2:00 PM EAST


PTC’s Young Scholar Program (YSP) is designed to recognize, encourage, and support up-and-coming scholars in the field of information and communication technologies. Selected participants will be invited to present their research at PTC’s 40th anniversary conference.

Applications are now being accepted for PTC's 2018 YSP.  PTC's YSP offers promising young scholars the opportunity to:

  • Present their research in a high-visibility academic and industry forum
  • Engage in research discussions with esteemed academic faculty
  • Participate in PTC'18 activities
  • Gain exposure to current industry issues and trends
  • Meet PTC'18 attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and identify practical research applications
  • Network with industry professionals, members of international organizations and NGOs, government officials, and academics from more than 75 countries
To learn more about the YSP program, please email youngscholars@ptc.org.or click here.

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