The connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) construct adopted by NBN Co has been now been addressed by some of Australia’s largest telcos, including Telstra, Vocus, and Vodafone.

Each has confirmed their call for NBN Co to address the pricing construct which has been referred to as a “download tax” which sees the charges being passed onto consumers.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn shared his thoughts in a blog post yesterday. Penn highlights Australia’s NBN prices are some of the highest in the world already, following the commission of a study by Link Economics, which formed part of Telstra’s submission to NBN Co.

Vocus shared the introduction of their submission, reported by itNews. Vodafone was the first to speak out against the CVC price modeling with the submission introduction released in limited access here.

Others that have publicly spoken against the CVC pricing model include Optus and Aussie BroadBand.

NBN Co released information about the new pricing model in June, launching its new discount model for the CVC charge to help improve consumer experience on the nbn™ network.

We encourage our RSP members to provide feedback to NBN Co regarding the current pricing model and how it affects your business.






The Internet Association of Australia (Inc) invites you to the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

Location:  Stamford Plaza Hotel, 111 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Date:  Wednesday 4th September
Time: from  4.00pm for a 4.30pm start (AEST).
Online: or via our live  web stream, from 4.30pm AEST.

In accordance with the Association Rules, AGM papers will be issued to members 30 days prior to the meeting.  

For any further information about the AGM please email


Being on the IAA Board is a great way to get involved and give back to both the Association and to the Internet community.

All nominees must meet the IAA Board requirements within the Association Rules, available on our website here, and are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and Conflict of Interest Disclosure on joining the Board. Further details on the roles and responsibilities of the Board are available here.

IAA are calling for nominees to the following positions.

  • 1 x Professional Representative (term to run for 2 years)
  • 2 x Corporate Representatives (term to run for 2 years)
  • 3 x Corporate Representatives (term to run for 1 year)

The Association calls members to nominate for election to the Board. All nominations are required to include a written statement by the nominee, as well a written statement from another member (the seconder) in support of the nomination.

Your nomination statement should address how the nominee will contribute to the IAA Board in its work to benefit the Internet and those who help build and operate it. Once nominations are submitted a representative of the IAA will contact the seconder regarding the submission of the supporting statement before the nomination can be accepted.

Submit your nomination here.

Nominations are be posted on the Association website here (contact details will be kept confidential).

Nominations close at 5pm Wednesday August, 28 AWST (7 days prior to the AGM). Voting information (if required) will be issued on Thursday August, 29.

For further information on nominating or the requirements for being on the Board please contact the Secretary, Nathan Brookfield on

Internet Association of Australia General Manager Kellie Ireland and Chair David Hooton represented IAA at this year’s Associations Forum National Conference in Canberra

Now in its 14th year the event is Australia’s best attended conference for the association sector and provided a great opportunity for Kellie and David to meet with and learn from experts and other senior executives on issues that affect our Association.

After attending the conference in 2017 IAA saw huge benefits from being part of the Association Forum who’s aim is to boost performance and best practice of professional associations and groups through the offering of training and events. As a member IAA have undergone governance reviews, board training in governance and taken the opportunity to draw from the knowledge of Associations Forum CEO John Peacock during strategic planning sessions.

“As member-based not for profit associations IAA are committed to finding ways to grow and better ourselves,” explains IAA General Manager, Kellie Ireland.

“Undertaking in learning and development improves how we work as an association which can then be passed onto our members in terms of the services and opportunities we can offer.”

The two-day program of events at this year’s conference included topics that IAA can utilise as it moves forward with its strategic planning. The importance of member retention and generation, how to work with authorities and regulators and the benefits of creating irresistible events were just some of the topics presented and provided material which will help us work smarter for our members.

IAA Chair David Hooton was asked to take part in a panel discussion on the importance of having a good Chair. David joined representatives from the Australian Institute of Business Brokers and Independent Schools Queensland to explore the role of the chair.

“Being able to share our experiences with others helps all associations learn,” said Hooton. “At the same time, the opportunity to network with other associations was valuable and provided insight into what we as an organisation can improve on.”

This month we are looking at our recent trip to Auckland to visit the New Zealand Internet Exchange (NZIX) and how we can better support the internet industry in New Zealand, the expansion of 100G peering in Australia and are welcoming new members to our growing team in Perth.


Read our July 2019 newsletter here