Communications Alliance Assumes Responsibility for Internet Industry Association (IIA) Codes and Operations

Sydney, 24 March 2014 – Communications Alliance will take responsibility for the industry Codes and core responsibilities of the Internet Industry Association (IIA) under an agreement signed today. The move follows a decision by the Board of the IIA to seek to transfer its operations to Communications Alliance and, in due course, cease trading as a separate association.

The Boards of Communications Alliance and the IIA have agreed a set of arrangements designed to ensure a smooth transition within which:

  • the co-regulatory responsibilities of the IIA continue to be managed and progressed; and
  • former IIA members can continue to be represented and assisted by Communications Alliance

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the arrangements, developed during recent discussions with the IIA, were aimed at the best interests of all stakeholders.

Under the agreement the IIA will assign to Communications Alliance the copyright in and ownership of the IIA’s industry Codes, including the iCode, Content Codes, Content Services Code and Interactive Gambling Code. Communications Alliance will also take over responsibility for the family friendly internet filter scheme.

Communications Alliance will offer existing financial IIA members membership of Communications Alliance at no charge for the duration of their existing paid IIA membership period.

Communications Alliance will also create a working group focused on online security, cyber safety and related issues and to continue the work of the recently created National Online Security Council (NOSC).

Mr Stanton paid tribute to the valuable work of the IIA over the past several decades.
“The IIA has been a strong advocate for the ISP and online security sector and put in place important platforms to help ensure that ISPs are well prepared to deal with cyber threats and that families can be confident about protecting their children from undesirable content.”

“Communications Alliance welcomes all former IIA members who transition to our ‘family’ and looks forward to working with them to strongly represent their interests and to build on the achievements to date,” Mr Stanton said.


Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see

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