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!

IAA member Anycast Networks is leveraging IX Australia’s peering infrastructure with their introduction of 100G peering options.

Anycast currently operates the most peered network in Australia and has been a long-time supporter of the IX Australia peering fabric.

Former IAA President and now Anycast CEO, Tom Berryman is focused on supporting ISP and wholesale customers and expects strong growth in peering traffic through IXA’s enablement of 100G.

“Our growth with IX Australia has prompted us to bypass bundled 10G services,” explains Tom.

“Thanks to IXA’s economic modelling it has resulted in a more simplified network for Anycast and is helping support our growing customer base.”

IAA Chair David Hooton is delighted to see members of the Association grow and succeed.

“It is great to have a former IAA President continue to support the Association and it is wonderful to see members like Anycast growing so quickly.”

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 Internet Association of Australia is pleased to advise it has renewed its membership with Euro-IX, the Europe-wide alliance of Internet Exchanges. IAA is currently the only Australian member of the association.

Like IAA, Euro-IX is a member-based internet exchange association working to grow the internet community, its head office based in London. Initially established as a discussion forum for European based Internet Exchange Points, as interest grew in other regions the natural progression was to expand beyond its original boundaries, allowing non-European IXP’s such as ourselves to become affiliated with Euro-IX.

With members now located in 50 countries around Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and Australia the primary objectives of Euro-IX are to combine resources, share information including the coordination of technical standards and common procedures, and offer best practices.

Having joined as a Remote Member in 2013 Euro-IX gives IAA, on behalf of our members, a unique platform to share information and discuss current topics of interest faced by most exchange points today.

Twice-yearly Euro-IX facilitates forums where over 40 IXP’s come together to discuss their IXP growth, technical and commercial implementations, as well as be given the opportunity to learn and grow IXP’s. These forums are recorded and accessible to members online however through its Fellowship Program Euro-IX is also invested in helping smaller or newly formed IXP’s attend.

Membership to Euro-IX also gives IAA access to training workshops, monthly newsletters and contacts at some of the world’s largest IXP’s. Being a member of Euro-IX helps our team build our knowledge and in turn be of better value to our members.

We look forward to working more closely with Euro-IX to share insights with our members.

The Internet Association of Australia (Inc) invites you to attend  our Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

Venue:  The Stamford Plaza Hotel, 111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Date:  Wednesday 4th September, 2019
Time: from  4.00pm for a 4.30pm start (AEST).
Online: or via our live  web stream, from 4.30pm AEST.

You can RSVP now, for both the Melbourne event and the web stream,  via the Member Portal.  For assistance with the Member Portal please email

The Annual General Meeting will include a number of special resolutions by the IAA Board to propose changes to the current association rules. An AGM pack including the meeting agenda as well as a member brief regarding the proposed changes is available here. A copy of the full proposed changes is available here.  For further information or feedback, please contact us on

Would you like to be part of the IAA Board?  Nomination information is available here, and current nominees are published on our website. If you would like more information about serving on the board please email

We look forward to meeting with our members at the AGM to share our achievements and future plans of the Association.

For any further information about the AGM please email


Nathan Brookfield
Secretary, Internet Association of Australia Inc. 

A crowd of around 50 members met at the Market Grounds for an evening of socialising and networking. With our technical staff in Perth for site visits, a full contingent of IAA staff were in attendance.

Members of the IAA Board also joined our WA members for an opportunity to engage and discuss a range of issues.

Overall, feedback from our members following the first round of Unplugged events is that they are a great opportunity to interact and catch up with others working in the industry. It is also a valuable opportunity for our members to meet with both IAA Board and staff to hear about what we’ve been working on and a chance to let us know how the Association can support them.

The IAA team have enjoyed hosting these events and meeting our members across the country. The conversations have been invaluable in helping us plan for the future.

This month we are heading back to Sydney. You can RSVP to join us for the event via the members portal or on our Facebook page.

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.

IAA is looking for an experienced Peering Engineer to join our team.

This unique role is based remotely, and we are currently taking applications from any major capital city in Australia or New Zealand.

You will be part of a small, dedicated team where your skills will have a real impact within the internet community. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on a range of systems and technologies, and be involved with exciting new projects.

Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • The provision and troubleshooting of Internet Peering Services
  • Maintaining and monitoring of Internet Peering 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

For more information about the role or for details on how to apply visit our Seek ad.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 16th August 2019.