Join us on Tuesday 20th April as we take a look at digital connectivity in regional Australia. Digital Networks in Regional Australia – Field of Dreams or Highway to Hell will focus on the issues surrounding regional communities and their access to the internet.

Regional Australia is a vast area with great distances between population centres, often with low population density. Despite this low density, regional production value rivals that of metro production. NBN, however, has chosen population density as its metric for technology delivery resulting in almost all regional Australia’s internet demand being served by two Sky Muster geosynchronous satellites with fixed capacity and limited speed.

DPIRD’s Digital Economy Manager, Robert Smallwood, will review the challenges faced by West Australians and discuss the initiatives being delivered by the WA Government to provide world-class terrestrial broadband networks across the vast areas between population centres.

This session will be preceded by a short update from the IAA Tech Team on some of the recent BGP gotchas for young and old in the world of peering.

Members and non-members can register via Zoom.

IAA is pleased to announce a brand-new partnership supporting women and the next generation in the tech industry.

Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) is a Perth based not-for-profit organisation providing opportunities to women to extend their networks and expand their knowledge. They also run high school programs to promote the industry as a whole.

With our origins being in Western Australia, we are excited to be working with WiTWA to inspire local women on the possibilities and arm them with the tools and resources to be successful in the industry.

As part of the partnership, IAA will be sponsoring WiTWA’s Techtrails program, a high school program which is designed to generate passion, excitement and interest in STEM, introducing kids to the different areas of technology and possible career options.

We will also be sponsoring a series of events over the next 12 months and an award at WiTWA’s annual awards night in November.

Events will be promoted on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

IAA is currently an association incorporated under Western Australian law – the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) – reflecting our origin as the Western Australia Internet Association, and this was a suitable way to become a legal entity. When the association changed its name to the Internet Association of Australia we remained incorporated under the WA Act.

As IAA has grown substantially and now represents the interests of corporate, professional and affiliate members across Australia, the IAA Board believes it is appropriate to consider transferring our incorporation to Commonwealth law (Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and become a company limited by guarantee. Should we do this we would remain a not-for-profit entity, with our main office in Perth, and ensure we retain all the important aspects of our current rules.

It is often argued that state-based laws are effective but that they best suit local associations who are of limited scale. Once an organisation grows it may be better regulated by federal law which has stricter, Australia-wide rules and systems with greater resources. For example, there is one Commissioner and a small team in the WA government, whereas federally a whole department (ASIC) exists, there are many sources of independent expertise, and a wide range of training available on corporations’ law.

We are therefore commencing a process of member consultation with a view to briefing our members on current issues we have encountered and canvas member perspectives on any transition. An FAQ and briefing paper are being prepared which will be presented at the upcoming consultation to be held:

Date: Wednesday 7th April, 2021
Time: 3pm AWST/5pm AEST
Location: Zoom (online)

Members can register via Zoom

IAA is excited to announce the first event in our 2021 program.

Join us on Thursday 25th February as we ask a panel of experts for their predictions on what we should be looking out for this year. Technology Outlook 2021 and its Impact on the Internet will look at new technologies, gadgets, as well as emerging regulation trying to constrain technology.

5G, Artificial Intelligence, online courts, and an increasing number of weird items forming the Internet of things are just a few of the technologies that have been playing out in our industry over the last year, but what will have the biggest impact on Internet networks in 2021?

We are fortunate to have secured Professor Katina Michael from Arizona State University, Professor Lyria Bennett Moses from the University of NSW and technology commentator and well-known gadget man, Trevor Long to join us to discuss the topic.

Members and non-members can register via Zoom.

Send us your questions ahead of the session and we will get them answered up front.

We were hoping to resume in person events in the new year but given our unpredictable travel situation, we will continue the program online, for the first few events at least.

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.