This year we are proud to launch our new IAASysters@AusNOG program. This program is based on the international and systers@IETF programs and offers ten sponsored attendees the opportunity to participate in both the AusNOG conference and our IAASysters@AusNOG workshop.  

As avid sponsors and attendees of the AusNOG conference, we have noticed declining participation rates from certain sectors of our industry in previous years. As our Association has a proud heritage of advocacy and is passionate about cultivating a more inclusive internet industry, we created the IAASysters@AusNOG program to support and enable women to access the valuable technical content and business networking opportunities that come from the AusNOG conference. 

Sponsored attendees will receive: 

  • Economy airfares to Sydney and three nights accommodation for interstate participants 
  • Admission to the AusNOG conference (April 6-7)
  • Admission to the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop (April 5)
  • A one-year complimentary Professional membership to IAA – subject to Board approval. 

An essential part of our program is the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop. This is a one-day event; offering targeted technical and presentation skills training in addition to a career planning session delivered by industry professionals, designed to help you advance your career. 

Whether you are at the beginning of your career, yet to begin or starting again, the IAASysters@AusNOG program offers a variety of opportunities designed to boost your knowledge, skills, and confidence. 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in New South Wales, the program dates have changed to be in line with the AusNOG conference in April 2022.  

Details for the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop: 

Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2022
Time: 9:00am AEST – 3:00pm AEST
Location: The Fullerton Hotel, Sydney 

The application deadline has been extended and applications will now close on 31 Sunday, October 2021, 5:00pm AEDT.  

For more information or to apply, please visit the IAASysters@AusNOG information page on our website.  

IAASysters@AusNOG Project Overview

For many years now AusNOG has held its place as THE go to event on the internet industry calendar, yet sadly year after year we see low participation rates from certain sectors of our industry.

IAASysters@AusNOG is a one-day workshop being held prior to AusNOG. It is based on the international and systers@ietf programs. Sponsored attendees will attend both the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop and AusNOG itself including travel and accommodation (where necessary).

The workshop will include a presentation skills session, targeting a lightning talk to be given at the end of AusNOG, a career planning session and a training session on a technical topic voted for by the attendees.

Participating in IAASysters@AusNOG

Whether you are good at talking but struggle with the technical aspects of the role; or are trying to navigate a career change and are looking for a community of likeminded people, IAASysters@AusNOG is a great chance to put yourself out there, receive training from experts in the field, as well as the opportunity to network with your peers at one of Australia’s largest internet conferences.

Whilst participation in the program is open to all, the program aims to encourage and support women in the industry. Technology and the Internet is changing the world and we need to cultivate an inclusive industry where women have a role to play and empower them with the confidence and resources to take on these positions.

Sponsored Attendees

Successful applicants chosen to be a sponsored attendee will receive:

  • Ticket to attend IAASysters@AusNOG workshop (5 April)
  • Ticket to attend AusNOG conference (6-7 April)
  • Economy airfares to Sydney and three nights accommodation for interstate participants
  • One-year complimentary Professional membership to IAA (subject to Board approval)

To apply for one of these places, please complete the application form addressing the criteria, giving an overview of your current role and a summary of your career aspirations. A statement of endorsement from your management (either a direct supervisor or internal mentor) should be included (if you aren’t currently employed, choose a suitable industry referee).


  • Are you an early career internet engineer / technician / product specialist / programmer or re-entering the industry after a career break?
  • Will this be your first time at AusNOG?
  • Are you hoping to have a career in the sector?
  • What do you think is the most satisfying thing about the internet and the internet industry?

Applications demonstrating the most potential for personal growth and passion for the internet will be rated highest.

Applications close Sunday, October 31, 2021, 5:00pm AEDT

Apply here –


We understand that the Covid situation has turned everything topsy turvy. Should the Covid situation prevent us from conducting the IAA Systers program or participating in AusNOG, then we will postpone the event, and all winners will retain the offer of sponsored places. 

The Internet Association of Australia (IAA) welcomes the long awaited release of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s report into the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. IAA appreciates the considerable effort the INSLM has put into the review, including the time spent with IAA members discussing their concerns.

“Internet service providers need confidence that the orders they receive from law enforcement are properly scrutinised and appropriate,” said Ms Clark, CEO. “If ISPs are being required to undermine the reliability and security of internet services, they must be confident it is for a correspondingly well-founded, serious and life-threatening reason. The INSLM recommendations, if implemented, will go some way towards providing this guarantee.”

The additional scrutiny being proposed by the INSLM, in the form of an Investigatory Powers Commissioner, should be established urgently and provided with the appropriate resources, such as an independent advisory body for technical matters. IAA is willing to assist with such a body, to ensure that the internet industry is properly represented. “Our members have very real challenges in implementing TANs and TCNs, and these need to be taken into account. It has all too often been the case that the realities of implementation and resource requirements are not understood”, Ms Clark said today.

The members of IAA are vital in the provision of a trusted internet and trusted telecommunications, as well as of content and communications services broadly. The Australian community has shown its willingness to rely – and indeed depend on –these providers throughout the pandemic. This trust deserves to be rewarded with corresponding reliability. The creation of systems that undermine that trust – through under-scrutinised access mechanisms, such as TANs and TCNs – will only harm the economy and Australia’s social fabric at a vulnerable time. It is therefore vital that the INSLM’s recommendations be adopted.

Additional matters which are not fully addressed within the report pertain to the compliance burden that IAA members have pointed to previously. The industry bears a considerable compliance burden already, and this type of legislation, of which we have seen considerable amounts over recent years, only adds to it. The level of support required to implement TANs and TCNs is difficult to forecast, and therefore difficult to plan for and cost. Just analysing the requirements of the legislation alone is a challenge for the typical small internet provider.

Further, IAA would like to see greater protections for internet service providers and their staff when acting to protect the communications of Australians or when complying with legislation such as TOLA. IAA is not satisfied that there are sufficient protections for ISP employees acting in good faith in the performance of their duties, and further clarity on the potential for hefty fines or incarceration is urgently required.

Support for members and community affected by the fires

Dear Member,

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.

A unique opportunity exists for two experienced professionals to join the IAA team! We’re looking for a Communication & Events Officer and an Accounts Officer to join our flexible and fast-paced national team. The roles are both part time (22 hours per week) with flexible working arrangements. You’ll have plenty of responsibility and autonomy in these roles, but a high level of efficiency and professionalism will be expected. The successful candidates will be joining an organisation with a strong leadership team that has an exciting range of projects underway, aimed at supporting the Internet industry in Australia.

Applications close 12 May.
Accounts Officer
Communications & Events Officer

We are thrilled to confirm IX Australia will be a Gold Sponsor of PeeringDB for the fourth year running.

PeeringDB is a freely available, user-maintained, database of networks, and the go-to location for interconnection data.

In recent years, the vision of PeeringDB has developed to keep up with the speed and diverse manner in which the Internet is growing. The database is no longer just for peering and peering related information. It now includes all types of interconnection data for networks, clouds, services, and enterprise, as well as interconnection facilities that are developing at the edge of the Internet.

IX Australia automatically exports peering IP allocation information allowing PeeringDB to stay current. We encourage all members to ensure your peering information is up to date to assist current and future members connect.

Built by the community, for the community, PeeringDB is the single largest repository of actionable peering information available. The database is a non-profit, community-driven initiative run and promoted by volunteers.

The volunteers who run the database are passionate about security, privacy, integrity, and validation of the data in the database.

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


We are looking for a Peering Engineer to join our team!

This remote role can be based in any state, and some of the key responsibilities will include

  • The provision and troubleshooting of IX services
  • Maintaining and monitoring of IX/ IAA networks
  • Executing project work – new sites, migrations etc.
  • Identifying and providing input on improvements to networks and process
  • Participating in a 24×7 on-call rotation

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, you can download a copy of the position description and visit our seek ad for more details on how to apply.

Applications close Friday 22nd February.