This month our newsletter is in memory of IAA’s General Manager Kellie Ireland as we continue the work she so passionately started.

Read our October 2019 newsletter here.


This month we welcomed new board members and continued to expand our network with a new presence in the nation’s capital.

Read our September 2019 newsletter here 

The Internet Association of Australia is now taking advance orders for its latest IX in Canberra’s Next DC C1 location.

Canberra’s new 10G ports are available to order via the Members Portal.

Members who peer on the IX Australia fabric in Canberra are able to purchase access to NSW-IX via Extended Reach Peering.

For more information email

Many of you will have heard the sad news of IAA’s General Manager Kellie Ireland’s sudden and unexpected passing last month.

Kellie was the vibrant, welcoming face of the Association for many years and is going to be deeply missed by both colleagues and community, who’s personal and professional lives she touched.

Kellie joined IAA in 2012, back when the Association was known as WAIA, as a part time bookkeeper. Her dedication and commitment to the role led to her being promoted to Executive Officer. During her time she oversaw the rebranding and expansion of the Association, proposing and growing the team from just herself to five staff in only two years.

Kellie thrived on the challenges that the growth and change bought and enjoyed working in an environment that allowed her to develop herself. She was an advocate for women in technology and the driving force behind the Unplugged event series where she loved catching up with members, the Board Charter and many more exciting things to come in 2020, including more community workshops.

Kellie was also instrumental in setting up AKL-IX and in the establishment of the New Zealand Internet Exchange. She continuously worked to help the committee, providing daily business operation and governance support. Kellie travelled to New Zealand for the first time in June 2018 to attend the NZIX AGM, after which was fondly known as a token kiwi at the society. Her most prized item of clothing was also her NZNOG hoodie which she would often wear to the office.

In April 2019 Kellie’s achievements and exemplary work ethic led the board to promote her to General Manager of the Association. As IAA’s General Manager Kellie was committed to seeing the IX being a strong part of the Australian internet landscape and support its growth to new markets, as well as the renewed focus in the non-IX parts of the Association.

Kellie was an integral part of the Association. Her love for her work and the internet community was undeniable and the Association and the board are looking to continue the work that she started and was so passionate about.

Plans for APRICOT 2020 are progressing with the Call for Papers and Fellowship applications opening this month.

As host for next year’s 25th anniversary event in Melbourne IAA welcomes any of our members to consider entering a paper for consideration.

APRICOT is looking for presenters with experience to undertake technical tutorials, participate as a conference speaker or facilitate panel discussions. For more information on submitting a paper or for topic suggestions visit

Since 2000 APRICOT has provided financial support to selected individuals from the Asia Pacific region to attend the conference through its Fellowship program. The program allows network engineers and operators from developing economies in the region to participate in the summit, l earn from regional and international experts, network with other Internet professionals, and be exposed to new insights and technology discussions.

The Fellowship will cover the cost of registration fees, accommodation and a contribution towards travel costs. Fellowship applications close on October 28, 2019. For more information about the Fellowship Award Package visit

Registrations to attend APRICOT will be opening soon. Follow our social media pages or join IAA’s APRICOT 2020 mailing list here to receive notifications.

At our recent AGM, IAA announced our plan to run a series of policy workshops designed to be both informative to help members with regulatory compliance, but also to gauge member viewpoints on improvements to regulation as a basis for policy advocacy.

The Internet Association of Australia is therefore pleased to announce we have secured Narelle Clark of Pavonis Consulting to facilitate this first session on the Assistance and Access Act.

Narelle is well known to members as a data comms engineer with a serious policy bent, having worked in AARNet in its early days, Optus, CSIRO, the Internet Society and ACCAN,

At the end of 2018, the Australian Federal Parliament passed the controversial Assistance and Access Act. A bill with the potential for far reaching impact on the operations of Australian tech companies, it compels them – in secret – to grant access to anything from a memory register in a smart device through to deep software changes and secretive interception of encrypted communications.

This workshop will overview the responsibilities tech companies have for compliance with this legislation and host a discussion with the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM), Dr James Renwick CSC SC, as part of his formal review of the legislation.

Date: Tuesday 22nd October
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Ordnance Board room, 15/68 Pitt Street, Sydney
Registrations: Via the Members Portal 

About the review

On 26 March 2019 the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS), Mr Andrew Hastie MP, referred to the INSLM: “A review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of amendments made by the Telecommunication and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018″. This review and report are due by 1 March 2020.

The INSLM independently reviews the operation, effectiveness and implications of national security and counter-terrorism laws; and considers whether the laws contain appropriate protections for individual rights, remain proportionate to terrorism or national security threats, and remain necessary.

Dr James Renwick CSC SC, Independent National Security Legislation Monitor
Dr James Renwick is a practising barrister with a general commercial and public law firm. With over 30 years of legal experience and with a strong academic qualifications, James has particular interests in appellate, national security and inquiry work. He practices throughout Australia

Narelle Clark, Pavonis Consulting
Narelle is a data communications and internet specialist and has many years’ experience working with major telcos, research agencies and consumer bodies. Narelle has deep expertise in internet and telecommunications technology and policy from both the strategic and hands-on perspectives and sits on a range of in-depth technology policy boards and working groups

This session will be conducted in memory of Kellie Ireland, whose drive and passion for these topics will remain with us in perpetuity.