Sadly, whilst our borders are opening up between the states at last, the rules around gatherings over the end of the year are still too strict for us to have much in the way of in person events.  Instead, this year we are inviting you to join IAA staff and Board virtually for a few festive drinks. We hope you can join us on Friday December 11th, from 2.00pm AWST / 5pm (AEDT) onwards. Register via Zoom to get your meeting link.

The Internet Association of Australia would like to invite all members to save the date for our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Date: Tuesday 8th September
Time: 3.00pm AWST / 5.00pm AEST
Location:  Zoom (Video Conference)

We will be holding this year’s AGM online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Further details, including how to register, will be circulated to the voting contacts of the Association’s members.

Please check your voting contacts are up to date by logging into the Member Portal.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM to share our achievements and plans for the Association over the next year.

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.

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) is returning to Australia in 2020 and IAA will be partnering with APRICOT to host the conference in Melbourne.

Considered to be the largest technical conference in the region, the event brings together internet engineers, networking experts, business leaders and representatives from government.

IAA are excited to be involved again in 2020 having hosted the event in 2006 when it was last held in Australia. Having APRICOT hosted in Australia is a fantastic opportunity for the local internet community to take part in the event.

“Hosting APRICOT 2020 gives IAA a great opportunity to engage in our mission, providing members with the chance to learn and participate in this forum,” explains IAA Chair David Hooton.

“APRICOT is a valuable opportunity for IAA and our members to engage with organisations from around the world and to contribute to conversations on internet operations and technologies.”

“We are delighted to be working with the team from the Internet Association of Australia on APRICOT 2020,” said APRICOT Chair Philip Smith.

“We are looking forward to celebrating APRICOT’s 25th Anniversary in Australia. Having a local partner like IAA provides the conference with local industry expertise and knowledge, adding value to the conference program.”

To keep up to date with IAA’s APRICOT 2020 news, including exclusive IAA member discounts and opportunities – join our APRICOT mailing list here.

Workshops: 13-17 February 2020
Conference 18-21 February 2020
Melbourne, Australia

The IAA AGM will be taking place on Wednesday, September 4th at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Melbourne.

Are you in Melbourne for AusNOG? We would love if you could join us.

The AGM will be also be live streamed. You can RSVP to attend the AGM or the live web stream via the Members Portal.  In accordance with the Association Rules, AGM papers have now been issued to voting contacts.

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the IAA Board ahead of the AGM next month.

  • 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)

We invite interested members to submit their written nomination statement by 5pm, August 28, 2019. Nominations can be completed online and current nominees are available on our website.

As the AGM approaches we encourage our members to ensure their membership contact details are correct, including voting contacts. If you require any assistance in checking or updating your details via the Members portal please email us via and our team will gladly assist.

We look forward to meeting our members at the AGM.

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


Registrations are now open for this year’s AUSNOG conference being held in Melbourne in September.

IAA is delighted to be continuing its support of this conference as a gold sponsor of the 2019 event.

2019 is the 13th running of Australia’s premier technical and professional networking event for Internet Service Providers, Telcos, Hosting Providers, and Content Providers and is proving as popular as ever with early bird tickets selling out almost instantly.

Tickets are limited so don’t miss the opportunity to hear from industry experts from Australia and around the world, as well the chance to network and exchange ideas and experiences with your peers.

Registrations can be made via Eventbrite

Members of the IAA and IX Australia team will in attendance – if you are heading to AUSNOG make sure to drop by our stand for a chat.

The Internet Association of Australia is pleased to launch a new monthly event series for our members: Unplugged with IAA. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers and other industry professionals for a casual sundowner. Hosted on the the third Tuesday of every month from 5pm, each event you will find us in a different capital city.

At each catch up we’ll have a theme, an invited guest or a lightning talk. If you have a suggestion please drop us a line to

The series launch will be in Sydney on Tuesday 19 March – where you are invited to meet the IAA Board. Come along and have a chat to the team – why not extend the invitation to an interested colleague?  –  find out what we’ve been working on, our plans for the next 12 months and let us know what you need from the leadership group.

In April we’ll be heading to Melbourne, and you can check out the line up below and keep an eye on our events listing for upcoming dates.

We’ll see you in your capital city soon…

IAA Unplugged Sydney
Tuesday 19 March 2019, from 5.00pm
The Shelbourne Hotel, 200 Sussex Street, Sydney
RSVP via Members Portal, or by emailing

IAA Unplugged Melbourne
Tuesday 16 April 2019, from 5.00pm
at The Crafty Squire, 127 Russell Street, Melbourne
RSVP via Members Portal, or by emailing