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Assistance and Access Act 2018 (Encryption Bill) Forum

Wednesday 06 February 2019 Sydney

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On 6 December 2018, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendments (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 was passed in both Houses of Parliament after Labor had withdrawn a number of suggested amendments in return for Government’s promise to review the Act and consider the amendments in the New Year. The PJCIS is currently reviewing the legislation and is tasked to produce a report by 4 April 2019.

A collective of Industry Groups, including Communications Alliance, the Australian Industry Group(Ai Group), the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) and the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) has recently made a submission to the PJCIS, recommending a raft of changes, drawing on the expertise of its members and recommending incorporation of the most useful aspects of the Labor amendments.

This Forum will provide an overview over the recommended changes to the legislation followed by observations from an expert panel, Q & A and discussion.

Event attendance:

  • Members of the organisations comprising the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet
  • News media representatives
  • Baker McKenzie clients
  • Selected other stakeholders


9.30amArrival & Coffee
10.00amWelcome & Opening Remarks
- John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
10.10amOverview Joint Industry Submission to PJCIS Review
- Christiane Gillespie-Jones, Director Program Management, Communications Alliance
10.40amPanel Discussion
- Dr Vanessa Teague, Assoc. Prof, University of Melbourne (Cryptography)
- Robert Hudson, President, Information Technology Professionals Association (IPTA)
- Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker McKenzie
- Ron Gauci, CEO, Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
- Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Executive Director, Blueprint for Free Speech
11.50amClosing Remarks
- John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
When:Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 9.30am for 10.00am to 12.00pm

Where:SYDNEY - Baker McKenzie, Level 46, Tower One, Barangaroo, Sydney

incl. remote