Drafts for Public Comment

In the course of preparation of a Communications Alliance Publication, a draft is released for public comment. Immediately below is/are the current draft(s) that is/are available for public comment. Drafts may be downloaded and reviewed off-line.

Want to submit a comment on a draft document?

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


Current Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

Comment Sought on Draft Industry Code DR C658:2017 Next-Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling

DR C658:2017 Next-Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling
DR C658:2017 Part 1 – Performance Requirements (1944KB)
DR C658:2017 Part 2 – Methods For Determining Compliance (2336KB)
DR C658:2017 Part 3 – Requirements for Deployment Class Systems (3099KB)

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the draft Industry Code DR C658:2017 Next-Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling.

The draft Next Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling Industry Code (DR C658:2015) is a new industry Code that ensures the Government’s performance goals for Next  Generation Broadband Services are achieved while at the same time enabling sharing of Customer Cabling between Providers wherever viable.

The draft Industry Code is designed to prevent performance-degrading Unacceptable Interference within Customer Cabling that carries Legacy Systems (e.g. ADSL2+ technology) and/or Next Generation Broadband Systems (e.g. VDSL2 technology).

The draft Industry Code is in three Parts:

  • Part 1 requires Next Generation Broadband Systems not to emit Unacceptable Excess Power and not to cause Unacceptable Interference to other Higher Priority Deployment Class Systems or to Legacy Systems in a Shared Cable Bundle.
  • Part 2 of the draft Industry Code defines the detailed technical methods and calculations required to demonstrate those requirements are met.
  • Part 3 provides a list of defined Deployment Classes and a set of Appendices, each containing a detailed specification for a Deployment Class. It also describes the path to deemed compliance by these Deployment Class Systems.

Working Committee 58 on VDSL2 and Vectoring (WC58) prepared the draft Industry Code and created two presentations to help inform those unfamiliar with the details of the draft Industry Code. One presentation gives a tutorial on the objectives, key concepts, and some sample scenarios for the draft Industry Code. The other was prepared for the stakeholder group of building owners and managers, with less technical content than in the tutorial presentation. The presentations are not part of the draft Industry Code.

DR_C658_2017_NGBS_Tutorial (2329KB)
DR_C658_2017_NGBS_forPropertyIndustry (687KB)

Information on the Working Committee which developed the Code, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEDT) ON FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017.


Comment Sought on Industry Code C518:2006 Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the C518:2006 Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code.

The Call Charging and Billing Accuracy Code (C518) was first published in 1998 and has not undergone any required changes since its third edition in 2006. This Code, as part of an Operational Deregistration review has been proposed for deregistration and repeal.
  • The requirements of this Code are no longer fit for today’s environment, given that there are no telephony services in Australia today which are purely circuit switched telephony services.
  • The Code itself is based on the AUSTEL Technical Standard TS029-1996 which is obsolete.
  • The PSTN Test Call equipment used for making and receiving test calls for assessing compliance with the Code are at end of life with very limited support available from manufacturers.
  • The telecommunications industry is very competitive and constantly evolving, and since the introduction of this Code, many plans in the market place now include high monthly call allowances for local, national and mobile calls, or unlimited bundles.
  • The Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code contains obligations that require suppliers to be able to verify and demonstrate Billing Accuracy.
  • The systems and process in place for conducting call charging audits are mature and stable and are reflected in the past 20 years of consistently satisfactory annual results.
The Code can be downloaded from here. You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax..  Information on the Operations Reference Panel, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017.


Comment Sought on Industry Code C519:2004 End to End Network Performance for the STS

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on C519:2004 End to End Network Performance for the STS.

The End to End Network Performance for the STS Code (C519) was first published in 1998 and has not undergone any revision changes since 2004. This Code, as part of an Operational Deregistration review has been proposed for deregistration and repeal.This Code is based on the AUSTEL Technical Standard TS027 which is obsolete.
  • With the evolution of newer technologies, C519 has effectively been replaced by G634:2013 Quality of Service parameters for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.
  • The Code no longer has any practical value to consumers and industry due to the declining use of circuit switched networks.
The Code can be downloaded from here. You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax..  Information on the Operations Reference Panel, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017.


Expired Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

The documents listed below are drafts on which the period for public comment has ended. These documents are provided for reference.


Comment Sought on Draft Industry Code DR C637:2011 Incorporating Variation No.1/2017 Mobile Premium Services

DR C637:2011 (625KB)

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the draft Code C637:2011 Incorporating Variation No.1/2017 Mobile Premium Services

The Mobile Premium Services Code establishes obligations for appropriate community safeguards and customer service requirements upon suppliers of Mobile Premium Services.

The following Variations to the Code have been proposed:

  • removal of the term ‘Free Msg’ to avoid confusion some consumers are experiencing and to improve the information communicated to consumers;
  • inclusion of the option for End Carriage Suppliers to resolve complaints relating to Mobile Premium Services directly with their Customer; and
  • addition of the term ‘Personal Information’ to align with the Privacy Act.

The draft Code can be downloaded from the Drafts for Public Comment page along with further information on how to submit comments.  Information on the Working Committee which developed the Code, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 27 JULY 2017.

Comments on Mobile Premium Services Code


Comment Sought on Draft Industry Code DR C555:2017 Integrated Public Number Database (IPND)

DR C555:2017 Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) (461KB)
DR G619:2017 IPND Data (1,332KB)

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the revised draft Code C555:2017 Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) and its associated draft Guideline DR G619:2017 IPND Data.

The Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) is an industry-wide database of all Public Number Customer Data (PNCD). The IPND serves as a repository of PNCD which broadly includes the Number, the Customer name, service address and Directory Related Services’ information which can be used, for example, to assist in the provision of emergency services and law enforcement. The IPND has the benefit of simplifying the provision of, and access to personal information necessary to manage public safety and well-being.

This 2017 revision seeks to deliver on the specific recommendations that came out of the 2015 IPND Review by the Department of Communications and the Arts, which were:

  1. Emphasis on stronger industry practices to support IPND Data Providers use of validation practices to improve data quality;
  2. Developing guidance for Data Providers to implement processes that allow subscribers to easily view and correct their IPND records;
  3. Establishment of awareness raising measures to highlight to subscribers the importance and need for providing correct information to their CSP, in order to ensure the IPND record is accurate.

The Code reflects practices that are the only achievable and practical approach to dealing with these matters.

This revision also aligns definitions and service types with the Numbering Plan.

Information on the Working Committee which developed the Code, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 7 JULY 2017.

Comments on Integrated Public Number Database (IPND)


Industry Managed Numbering Arrangements Consultation Paper

CA Industry Managed Numbering May 2017 (355 KB)

The Industry Managed Numbering Consultation Paper sets out the preferred approach of Communications Alliance to take on the management of telecommunications numbering. The proposed numbering scheme would transfer numbering management from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to Communications Alliance, as the peak body representing the telecommunications industry.

The proposal would align with principles for an industry managed numbering scheme under deregulatory proposals in the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017, currently before Parliament. Additionally, the proposal would align with complementary changes in the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00PM (AEST) ON FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017.

Comments on Industry Managed Numbering Arrangements Consultation Paper