ENERGY AND TELECOMS COLLABORATE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Sydney, 14 October 2020 - Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and Communications Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help further improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two sectors to better respond to emergency situations.

Finalised recently, the MOU builds on joint efforts that started between the sectors in May 2020 and is in line with a draft recommendation of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements for closer cooperation between the industries.

ENA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Dillon and Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said their members operated critical electricity and telecommunications infrastructure which provided vital services and connectivity during emergency events such as severe weather, bushfires and pandemics.

The MOU sets out to achieve the following objectives:

  • improve the safety of communities by mitigating the risks of being isolated due to telecommunications and/or power outages during emergencies;  
  • improve the sustainability of both telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery; and  
  • targets effective collaboration between telecommunications and electricity networks and coordination of infrastructure in preparing for and responding to emergencies at a local, regional and state level. 

Mr Dillon said the agreement provided important guidance for the energy and telecommunications sectors to work more closely together during emergencies and in planning for natural disasters such as bushfires.

Mr Stanton said the MoU would facilitate increased resilience of telecommunications and energy infrastructure and was supported by other steps both sectors were taking to further enhance safety for the Australian community during natural disasters.

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
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 www.commsalliance.com.au.
 

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ABOUT ENERGY NETWORKS AUSTRALIA (ENA)
Energy Networks Australia is the national industry body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks. Our members provide more than 16 million electricity and gas connections to almost every home and business across Australia. For more details about Energy Networks Australia (ENA), see https://www.energynetworks.com.au/ 

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