The Internet Association of Australia would like to thank members for attending the Annual General Meeting last week, or watching the event recording online.

The IAA Board would like to update members that successful nominee Chris Kawchuk of Virtutel has elected to resign from his position on the IAA Board. 

 “The role of the IAA Board is to provide the Association with governance and strategic direction,” explains IAA Board Chair David Hooton.    

“As a voluntary position we understand the time and effort commitment that our board members make and we would like to thank Chris for thoroughly considering the requirements of the position. We look forward to him engaging with the Association in the future in other roles.” 

This announcement now creates a vacancy for a new Corporate representative, which the Board addressed at their first meeting on Tuesday 10 September. The IAA Board have extended an invitation to Brett O’Hara of Vocus Communications to fill the casual vacancy, as he received the next highest number of votes at the Board election.  

“We’d like to welcome Brett to the IAA Board and look forward to his contributions to the future of the Association,” said Hooton. 

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held last night at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, and it was great to see so many of our members attend.

As part of the AGM, elections were held to elect representatives to the Board. We are pleased to welcome three new members to the IAA Board, Jay Binks of Over the Wire and Chris Kawchuk of Virtutel, join the IAA Board as corporate representatives and Matthew McDonough has been appointed as a professional representative.

Current board members David Hooton, Nathan Brookfield and Daryl Collins were re-elected.

The Board would like to thank Matthew Enger for his work and commitment to the Association during his time on the board.

The members voted in support of the proposed Rule Changes. As acknowledged in the meeting, an error with one motion has been identified and the Board will follow this up and will report back to members with the outcome.

Due to some technical challenges the live stream was not able to be broadcast, however the full meeting can now be viewed online, and the slides are available to download here.

Meeting minutes and financials will be circulated to voting contacts shortly.

A number of upcoming projects were shared at the AGM, including

  • Implementation of a new member CRM
  • 2020 event program with more content-based events
  • Member offers to support APRICOT 2020
  • Free policy workshops
  • Establishing the IAA Advisory Council
  • Establishing an IAA Annual Conference

The Association continues to support delivering high quality technical services for our members, including improved automation and expanding the network to continue supporting our members growth.

The Board welcomes your feedback, if you would like to get in touch with the team please call 1300 653 132 or email

The Internet Association of Australia is continuing to expand its network with a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the nation’s capital.

IX Australia are currently working on the infrastructure that will go into Canberra’s NextDC C1 site, with the service due to be lit up at the end of September.

NextDC C1 is Canberra’s most connected data centre and the new peering point will have capacity back to NSW-IX, providing IAA members with greater options for their peering needs in the Australian Capital Territory. Members who peer on the IX Australia fabric in Canberra can purchase access to NSW-IX via Extended Reach Peering.

IXA’s existing ACT-IX site at TransAct DC will also have access to NextDC C1 and a new content caching farm will be deployed at the C1 site. IAA is working closely with some local partners to deploy waves into other locations for access to C1.

For more information on peering with IX Australia contact is via or see us at AusNOG!