Issue No 22: 6 September 2022



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  • ACOMMS 2022: Photos here Highlights Video here

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Comment Sought on New Online Safety Codes

Six industry associations, including Communications Alliance, that represent the online industry in Australia have released new online safety codes for public consultation.
Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021, which came into effect in January 2022, requires the development of codes by industry associations to regulate certain types of harmful online material, known as Class 1A and 1B material with reference to Australia’s classification scheme. This includes material promoting child sexual abuse, terrorism, extreme crime and violence, crime and violence, and drug-related content.

Once finalised, the Consolidated Industry Codes of Practice for the Online Industry, Phase 1 (class 1A and class 1B material) will be submitted for registration to the eSafety Commissioner. Registered codes are enforceable by the Commissioner. The draft codes have been informed by input from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner reflected in their September 2021 Position Paper.

The draft codes must cover a wide range of participants that operate in the online environment, including providers of social media, messaging, search engine and app distribution services, as well as internet and hosting service providers, and manufacturers and suppliers of any equipment that connects to the internet, including smart devices and computers. It is important to note that they also cover operators of all websites that can be accessed by Australian users.

The associations have launched a public consultation process, inviting feedback on the draft codes that are available on a new consultation website at www.onlinesafety.org.au. Feedback is proactively being sought from key stakeholders including consumer organisations, a diverse range of civil society groups, academics and industry. 

The draft codes and an accompanying explanatory memorandum can be downloaded at www.onlinesafety.org.au.  Submissions should be uploaded to that website (i.e. not to the Comms Alliance website). The consultation period runs from 1 September to 2 October, 2022.

The industry associations can be contacted via hello@onlinesafety.org.au should you have any questions. 

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA)
Communications Alliance
Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA)
Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI)
Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA)

2022 ACOMMS - Thank you!

On behalf of Communications Alliance, we thank you for attending the recent 2022 Annual ACOMM AwardsDinner!

We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did - catching up with friends and colleagues and celebrating the wonderful achievements of the industry.

Congratulations to all of the 2022 Awards finalists and winners, and a warm thanks to the generous sponsors - Symbio, Meta, Bird & Bird, Ericsson and Mirait Technologies Australia - for helping to make the evening possible.

Photos are now available on the website - as well as a highlights video - which we hope you enjoy watching and sharing with your colleagues.

Current Consultations

Below is a list of currently open telecommunications-related consultations being conducted by Government and other organisations that provide an opportunity for you to have your say.


Consultation on draft updates to the CDR Privacy Safeguard Guidelines - Home (oaic.gov.au)

Broadcasting Service” Definition – Exclusion) Determination 2019 (remake broadly on same terms, looks like Alston Determination)

Updating tax determinations with new census population data

Proposal to make new Air Interface Standard 2022 - consultation

Inquiry into markets for the supply of digital platform services

Stage 2 Review of the Model Defamation Provisions

 Organisation/Closing Date 

OIAC / 07/10/2022

DITRDCA / 08/09/2022

ACMA  / 19.09.2022

ACMA  / 12.09.2022

ACCC / 09.09.2022

NSW Dept of Communities and Justice / 09.09.2022

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