Drafts for Public Comment

In the course of preparation of a Communications Alliance Publication, a draft is released for public comment. Immediately below is/are the current draft(s) that is/are available for public comment. Drafts may be downloaded and reviewed off-line.

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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.


Current Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.


DR C564:2020 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Industry Code

Draft: DR C564:2020 (1 MB)

The Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code is designed to:

  • allow the community and councils to have greater participation in decisions made by Carriers when deploying mobile phone base stations; and
  • provide greater transparency to local community and councils when a Carrier is planning, selecting sites for, installing and operating Mobile Phone Radiocommunications Infrastructure.

The obligations on Carriers set out in the Code are also meant to supplement existing regulatory and legislative requirements which Carriers abide by.

This revision relates to the issue of a temporary facility that is a low impact facility requiring amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018. This legislative update was not finalised prior to the 2018 revisions being completed. In order to not delay the registration of the 2018 Code, it was agreed at the time to delay the inclusion of obligations regarding temporary facilities until the changes to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 were completed.

The changes made to the 2020 version of the Code are specific to temporary facilities and will align the Code with the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018.

 THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2020.

(NOTE: For the purpose of the 2020 public comment, the working committee will seek to resolve comments received which relate to the specific revisions made. Any comments agreed by the working committee as out of scope for this revision will be deferred until the next scheduled Code review).


DR C536:2020 Emergency Call Service Requirements Industry Code

Draft: DR C536:2020 (319 KB)

Explanatory Statement 

The Emergency Call Service Requirements Code is designed to ensure all end users of an Emergency Telephone Service have access to the Emergency Call Service (ECS) in case of emergencies or where a response is required from an Emergency Service Organisation.

The Code also ensures that the operational effectiveness of the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2019 and significant obligations of Carriers and CSPs, in relation to the ECS, are clearly documented and understood.

The 2020 revision of the Code was undertaken to ensure alignment with changes made to the Determination and as part of the Codes scheduled review.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2020.


DR AS/CA S042.1:2020 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network— Part 1: General

Draft: DR S042.1:2020 (527 KB)

AS/CA S042.1 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network— Part 1: General applies to Customer Equipment (CE) that is an addressable device and is designed or intended for connection to a Public Mobile Telecommunications Service (PMTS) or a Satellite Service e.g. mobile phones and satellite phones.

The revised Standard adds requirements for CE using a PMTS (e.g. mobile phones) to initiate Advanced Mobile Location (AML) messages when making emergency calls. The requirements are aligned with AML as specified by ETSI.

Information on the Working Committee which revised the Standard, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020.


Expired Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

The documents listed below are drafts on which the period for public comment has ended. These documents are provided for reference.


Communications Alliance Ltd invites public comment on the following draft Industry Code.

Draft:C661:2020 Reducing Scam Calls Industry Code

The Reducing Scam Calls Industry Code has been developed to set out a process for identifying, tracing, blocking and otherwise disrupting Scam Calls, which are increasingly having both social and economic impacts on Australians. Scams are an international challenge for both industry and regulators worldwide but one which industry are committed to addressing..

The processes developed in the Code are built on improved information sharing between Carriers/Carriage Service Providers (C/CSPs), as well as improved information sharing between industry and regulators. The Code provides a framework for co-operation that industry believes will ultimately lead to the identification of scammers so enforcement action can be taken. A number of disruptive measures will be introduced which industry expect will also reduce the number of Scam Calls reaching Australian consumers.

Information on the Working Committee which revised the Code, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All 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.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020.

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Communications Alliance Calls for Input to Review of 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 will begin revising the document at the beginning of 2020. While the revision will be a consultative process, this input is vital to direct its scope and focus.

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

The current Guideline can be found here: https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/guidelines/G660

To submit your input, you can use the Submit Comments form on our website, or send input or questions via email to info@commsalliance.com.au.

THE CALL FOR INPUT CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020.


DR AS/CA S008:2019 Requirements for customer cabling products

DR AS/CA S009:2019 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules)

Draft: DR S008_2019 (1,025 KB)
Draft: DR S009_2019 (2,442 KB)

Background Paper: DR S008 & DR S009 public comment background paper

AS/CA S008 Requirements for customer cabling products applies to cabling products (including cable and related customer equipment) intended for connection to the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network.

AS/CA S009 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules) applies to the installation and maintenance of fixed or concealed cabling or equipment that is connected, or is intended to be connected, to a telecommunications network, including any cord or cordage, that is connected as fixed or concealed cabling.

The scheduled review of the current editions of the two Standards identified several areas that required revision to cater for technology changes and the significant growth of connected devices in customer premises. In its 18-months revision, the Committee drew upon the most currently available industry information. The revised Standards now align with new Australian safety standards and include new requirements for cabling supporting hazardous voltages and consider the growing application of customer cabling for the delivery of power to remote devices.

Summary of key changes:

  • alignment with the new Australian/New Zealand  product safety Standard AS/NZS 62368.1 Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment Safety requirements, particularly in relation to newly introduced energy source classifications (ES1, ES2 and ES3) which will replace the ELV, SELV and TNV terminology.
  • new requirements for cabling supporting hazardous voltages, now classed as ES3. There are now voltage and current limits on ES3 circuits that are provided over generic cabling. Cables used for ES3 generic circuits will have specific conductor, sheath and installation requirements distinct from generic cabling.
  • the growing application of customer cabling for the delivery of power to remote devices.
  • the requirement that both cabling products and the installation of these products are to be fit for purpose.
  • new requirements for the onsite termination of plugs on fixed and concealed cabling, addressing the cabling of a certain type of installed device, such as a surveillance camera or a wireless access point (WAP).
  • alignment with the relevant aspects of the Australian/New Zealand laser product safety Standard AS/NZS 60825.2 Safety of laser products - Safety of optical fibre communication systems.
  • alignment with the National Construction Code (the Building Code of Australia) for cable flammability and fire propagation requirements.
  • new requirements for cabling devices that are designed to be free to move as a part of their operation, examples being pendant outlets, surveillance cameras, medical pendants, articulated monitor/TV wall arm mounts and furniture with movable parts.
  • updated requirement for pit and access hole products.

Information on the Working Committee which revised the two Standards, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 24 MAY 2019.

Comments on DR AS/CA S008:2019

There was one submission with a request that it not be made public.

  • IBM (204.8 KB)

Comments on DR AS/CA S009:2019

There was one submission with a request that it not be made public.

  • IBM (341.5 KB)


Industry Managed Numbering Arrangements Consultation Paper

CA Industry Managed Numbering May 2017 (355 KB)

The Industry Managed Numbering Consultation Paper sets out the preferred approach of Communications Alliance to take on the management of telecommunications numbering. The proposed numbering scheme would transfer numbering management from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to Communications Alliance, as the peak body representing the telecommunications industry.

The proposal would align with principles for an industry managed numbering scheme under deregulatory proposals in the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017, currently before Parliament. Additionally, the proposal would align with complementary changes in the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00PM (AEST) ON FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017.

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