WAIA were pleased to send a team from the Executive to attend the 6th Annual AusNOG conference held in Melbourne in September. With a limit of 200 delegates this exclusive conference provides a valuable opportunity for the Australian network engineering community, ISP’s and content providers a great event to explore, discuss technical and exchange ideas.

The two full days were filled with key presentations on a range of topics and specific projects relevant to Australian Network Operators. A detailed insight was provided on new hardware technology, security, network environment and dynamic applications as well as opportunity for delegates to discuss current operational issues and ideas.

Pawel Mrugalski (WAIA Executive) who attended the event for a second year representing CipherTel said “This is an important event to gain direction within the industry, benchmark your own technical skills and increase your knowledge amongst industry contacts”.

Also representing WAIA were Technical Manager, Joe Wooller, as well as Executive Members Petar Nikolich, Chris Markovic and Gavin Tweedie (also a member of the AusNOG board).

The WAIA Executive committee encourages all members with an interest in networking with industry leaders to attended AusNOG 2013 in Sydney next year.

WAIA hosted a pre AusNOG social networking event in Brisbane on Monday 3rd September 2012 at The Laneway Bar. This event brought together current and new peers providing an opportunity to unwind, chat and thank everyone who has taken a part in the establishment of QLD-IX network.

Joe Wooller, Pawel Mrugalski and Chris Markovic from WAIA were pleased with the outcome and the amount of support WAIA has been received from the industry in Brisbane. “This was a fantastic night where I made new friends and got the opportunity to share industry experiences. Being involved in the of QLD-IX has been a valuable experience and an important telecommunications industry moment. The presence of QLD-IX significantly has assisted many service providers within Brisbane,” said Pawel Mrugalski.

People are the most important part of any network and this event gave team from WAIA the opportunity to put a face to the name of the local peers at QLD-IX. Joe Wooller said “The QLD-IX has enabled peers to access a high standard product and a competitive market solution, much needed in the Queensland market”. The QLD-IX has shown steady growth and WAIA is still looking for more peers to join the Internet Exchange.

Sean Finn, Oz Servers C.T.O, and good friend of WAIA in QLD said “As a leading Australian and Queensland dedicated server provider we are constantly and continually looking for ways to cost effectively increase our network capacity; reduce our network latency and increase our network resilience. The introduction of QLD-IX met all of these requirements for us. We were an early adopter in QLD and have seen our traffic levels steadily increase as new peers come on board. A good ten percent of our network traffic is already traversing QLD-IX. As a result of the success of our connectivity to QLD-IX, Oz Servers is looking at connecting directly into VIC-IX in the immediate future is considering privately connecting all the way to WA-IX. If you have network in QLD and have your own public network and AS Number, you should start a conversation with the QLD-IX Team.”

For more information on peering please contact WAIA Technical Manager Joe Wooller on 1300 653 132 or joe@waia.asn.au

The Western Australian Internet Association is proud to announce its support of the Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program, part of the WA Government’s WA Business Online initiative.

If you provide services to retailers, we encourage you to learn more at www.DigitalRoadMaps.org.

WAIA is a Foundation Supporter of this innovative and unique program specifically designed to assist Western Australian retailers succeed in the online space.

It is often difficult for retailers to find the online expertise they need. The Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program brings together a range of experts and specialists to help retailers become more digitally street-smart.

The program runs from November 2012 to mid-2013 and consists of a range of free resources for Western Australian retailers. These include webinars, specially produced resource guides, a new WA Service Provider database and a Retail Forum event to be held in 2013. There is also an intensive coaching and guidance program available for up to 12 retailers at a heavily subsidised fee.

The Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program is developed and directed by Richard Keeves, Smarter Web Strategies.com in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia with grant funding from the WA Government.

For more information on the Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program visit www.DigitalRoadMaps.org

The Western Australian Internet Association invites you to join us for this exclusive Members-Only Christmas party. Celebrate the end of another year at a fun evening on the Swan River aboard The Odyssey.

Date: Thursday 6 December, 2012
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: The Odyssey, Pier #1, Barrack St Jetty, Perth

Drinks and food provided. Numbers are limited so please RSVP quickly.

Professional Members – Free
Corporate Members – Free for 3 Guests, additional guests $30

To RSVP please visit www.waiarivercruise.splashthat.com

For any further info please email events@waia.asn.au

We look forward to seeing you there.

This year has been another strong year for WAIA with a number of significant areas of growth.

One of the most significant improvements for WAIA is the appointment of an Executive Officer. We are very pleased to welcome Kellie Ireland as our new Executive Officer. Kellie will be able to assist with many of the initiatives that were otherwise resourced by volunteers. We’re optimistic that we’ll see a lot of the ideas that the Committee generate come to fruition with Kellie’s help.

As an Association we have effectively “gone national”. The peering points in Victoria and Queensland are now both fully operational and building momentum. We’re looking forward to further growth from these peering locations and I would like to welcome our new members that have joined WAIA to participate in peering at these locations.

Within WA we have made substantial progress on our additional location at QV1. This will provide additional space and capacity for WAIA and for members. We should have that available very soon.

On the “media” front we saw the launch of a new website this year and rebranding of the newsletter. We are now using membership management software (CiviCRM) which will provide members with online access to their membership details once fully operational. There are also plans to permit login to the website for online administration of member services.

Unfortunately, this year Bur.st announced that it was unable to continue without assistance. WAIA saw this as ideal opportunity to provide help and was able to transition the bur.st services across to WAIA. Under the WAIA Constitution we need to be providing services to members so we are now in the process of signing up ex-bur.st members that want to continue using the service. And, for those members that have already joined WAIA, welcome.

On the social front we saw another very high-standard of events including the memorable Xmas party. I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of the organisers in making the events happen.

On behalf of the Committee, I’d like to thank Joe and Kellie for their efforts throughout the year.

I’d also like to give thanks to all of the Committee for their contribution throughout the year. The Association relies heavily on the efforts of the Committee and being on the Committee is a voluntary role that can often be demanding.

It was great to see some of our members at the WAIA AGM on Tuesday 11 September.

For those unable to attend, Richard Bone delivered his presidents report, which you can read here .

Following the election of new executive members WAIA is pleased to introduce you to the new Executive.



The WAIA Executive and their portfolios are:

  • Richard Keeves, President
  • Petar Nikolich, Secretary
  • Paul Arch, Treasurer
  • Gavin Tweedie
  • Pawel Mrugalski, Media Officer
  • Brad Peczka, Events Co-ordinator
  • Chris Markovic, Promo Officer
  • Rhett Hislop, Website

The Executive will be working hard to being you a new range of member benefits, interesting events and to help WAIA grow as a representative of the internet industry in Western Australia.

For a copy of the AGM Minutes or the Financial Statements please email Executive Officer Kellie Ireland kellie@waia.asn.au

WAIA is pleased to announce the availability of a Stratum 1 NTP server for members.

Reachable over IPv4 and IPv6 the time server will also soon be part of the ntp.org pool.

Should you have any questions you can contact Joe Wooler, WAIA Technical Manager via email at joe @ waia.asn.au

The WA Internet Association (WAIA) is proud to announce another new deployment of a carrier-neutral peering trial which will be taking place at NEXTDC’s B1 facility in Brisbane, Queensland (QLD-IX). This peering point builds on the highly successful WA Internet Exchange (WAIX) and current trial occurring in Victoria (VIC-IX).

“NEXTDC is delighted that WAIX has selected NEXTDC to commence their Queensland IX trial. NEXTDC is focused on establishing a national data centre footprint and bring with it a cloud enabling ecosystem. Organisations such as WAIA are key to achieving that goal.” Said Mr Bevan Slattery, CEO of NEXTDC.

WAIA would like to invite all existing members and encourage any new members to take opportunity to trial a carrier neutral peering service supplied by WAIA within Brisbane. The VIC-IX has seen steady growth with strong member interest leading to the success of the current Melbourne trial. The WAIA Executive team looks forward to engaging with all new connections in Brisbane.

Further updates will be provided and for all QLD-IX enquiries, please forward your interest to Joe Wooller (WAIA Technical Manager) on 0412 005 457

The 2010/2011 Annual General Meeting of the WA Internet Association was held on September 6, 2011.

It was an enjoyable meeting with a chance for members to catch-up, hear progress on WAIA projects, review audited financial information and vote on a new committee.

Following this meeting, the following people make up the committee for the next year.




  • Richard Bone (Elk Software Group)

Corporate Members

  • Ciphtertel (Representative: Pawel Mrugalski)
  • WAnet (Representative: Petar Nikolich)
  • R-NAS (Representative: Chris Markovic)
  • Ivec (Representative: Daniel Grimwood)

Individual Members

  • Gavin Tweedie
  • Brad Peczka
  • Matt Didcoe

Affiliate Members

  • WA Network Gaming Inc. (Representative: Will Dowling)