Committees and Groups
The CECRP/PAG is a standing Advisory Group charged with the responsibility of reviewing queries on AS/ACIF Standards and ACMA Technical Standards and developing responses on behalf of Communications Alliance.
The Communications Resilience Admin Industry Group (CRAIG) has been established to help those in and associated with the telecommunications sector to understand the telecommunications environment and the specific systems, networks and assets within the sector that are essential to the continuity of the sectors’ services, to identify the risk, vulnerabilities, and resilience challenges that affect the telecommunications sector, and to facilitate greater collaboration in the repair and recovery effort following a disaster/emergency
The Communications Security Reference Panel will assume responsibility for security-related matters that impact Australian telecommunications providers. The CSRP will be a standing advisory body comprised of industry subject matter experts, with a remit to oversee and coordinate Communications Alliance facilitated industry security initiatives, both current and prospective, including engagement with Government on national Telecommunications Security Sector Reforms and related debate on data retention and lawful interception; telecommunications fraud prevention; engagement with Government on Cyber Security and Cyber Safety; and relaunching of the former IIA’s iCode and National Online Security Council (NOSC), including the Family Friendly Filter/Family Friendly ISP initiatives.
The Customer Equipment and Cabling Reference Panel identifies and reviews customer equipment and customer cabling issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing standards, codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
The Data Retention Implementation Plan Working Group was established as a result of the new data retention obligations. It assists providers with meeting their obligations under the new law and, where required, with the development of data retention plans.
The Fixed Line Administration Group (FLAG) was established to provide a forum for industry fixed line service providers to consider network related developments, issues and events and to propose appropriate solutions, particularly where end customers are impacted.
ICAG is a standing group for CA members to examine matters related to the delivery of services to end users, including the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code. ICAG engages with a range of stakeholders including consumer representatives, industry regulators, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) and other interested parties.
The group was established to provide a platform for CA members to develop and drive policy outcomes as they relate to the communications-specific aspects of the IoT where this is not already done (and is unlikely to be done) by other bodies or organisations, including IoTAA and Standards Australia. The group also provides input into the work of the Standards Australia committee IT-042 Internet of Things as required. This includes providing advice for the balloting of standards and other documents.
The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Administration Group ensures the efficient operation of MNP within the scope of the Mobile Number Portability Industry Code (C570:2009).
The Mobile Premium Services Carrier Group examines opportunities for operational efficiencies and industry growth in the delivery of Mobile Premium Services from an end carriage service provider perspective.
The NOST Working Group is developing communications and operational plans to help RSPs and Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers to manage transition of relevant services and devices from copper to fibre based telephone services and to assist end-users of OTT services (and in particular personal medical alarm services) to manage the transition from copper to fibre based telephone services.
The Network Reference Panel identifies and reviews network issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
The Numbering Working Group represents telecommunications providers in relation to matters pertaining to numbering in the telecommunications industry.
The Communications Alliance Operations Council is comprised of senior representatives from member companies to guide and help manage the core operational activities of the Alliance.
The Operations Reference Panel identifies and reviews issues likely to affect industry operational matters and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines, IT specifications and other related documentation.
To help provide Australians with better telecommunications services more quickly and cost effectively, telecommunications carriers have limited special powers to enter land to inspect it and to install and maintain facilities.
The Satellite Services Working Group represents and advances the interests of Communications Alliance members involved in the delivery of satellite-based network and facilities services on a wholesale and/or retail basis.
The One Way Emergency Calls Working Committee is to:
- Consider the industry treatment of an emergency call made on mobile Customer Equipment with a service that uses a SIM (or equivalent) that is not intended for voice telephony (e.g. a ‘data only’ SIM);
- Draft a new Guideline on One Way Emergency Calls.
The Local Number Portability Code NBN Requirements Working Committee (WC50) is to develop recommendations for an LNP framework in a fully realised NBN environment.
WC53 NBN Access Transfer Code revision
The NBN Access Transfer working committee is revising the C647:2017 NBN Access Transfer Industry Code to address the comments received during the review of the Code and to review the processes concerning invalid, unauthorised or repeat transfers.
The Calling Number Display Code Revision Working Committee (WC57) is to revise the Calling Number Display Industry Code (C522:2007), including clarification of supplier obligations in providing customer information; review of existing obligations to include VOIP services; to limit the scope of the Code to residential and business customers; to ensure compatibility with existing legislation; and to consider the Code for registration with the ACMA.
The Mobile Premium Services Code 2014 Amendment Working Committee (WC62) is to amend the Mobile Premium Services Industry Code (C637:2011) to include new obligations relating to the charging of premium fees for opt-out of marketing messages and provision of information relating to MPS barring, and removal of the current industry compliance reporting obligation.
The WC68 FTTB/N and Other Migration Processes Working Committee 68 has been established to perform an area of work identified by Telstra, NBN Co and the ACCC. Specifically, the WC will develop a guideline , followed by a longer term document capturing the migration processes for nbn FTTB, FTTN and HFC services.
The Priority Assistance Working Committee 69 has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Operations Reference Panel, including the creation of a Guideline to replace the existing Priority Assistance Code.
The Accessibility Information Code revision Working Committee is revising the C625:2009 Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Code to address the comments received during the review of the Code and to review the compliance arrangements for mobile handset suppliers with the intention of rationalising the dual-path compliance arrangements.
The Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications working committee has been established to produce a revised version of the C525:2010 Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications Industry Code. This work will also incorporate the updating of industry contact lists if necessary.
The Customer cabling installation and cabling products Working Committee is to revise the AS/CA S008:2010 Requirements for customer cabling productsand AS/CA S009:2013 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules) Standards to update the telecommunications cabling product and installation requirements to current industry practices and standards.
The Mobile Premium Services Code Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Operations Reference Panel (ORP). Specifically, the Working Committee is to carry out a variation of C637:2011 Mobile Premium Services Code Incorporating Variation No.1 2014.
The Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Revision Working Committee is to perform an area of work identified in the review of the Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment (C564:2011) Industry Code.
The TCP Code Working Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Industry Consumer Advisory Group Reference Panel (ICAG). Specifically, the Working Committee is to revise the C628:2015 Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code
The WC86: Emergency Call Services Requirements Working Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified in the review of the G644:2011 Emergency Call Service Protections Requirements Guideline and the Emergency Call Services Requirements (C536:2011) Industry Code. This work is also being undertaken to align the Code with changes made to the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2019 requested by the ACMA
The Advanced Mobile Location For Mobile Devices Working Committee to revise or amend the AS/CA S042.1:2018 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General Standard to support the transfer of Advanced Mobile Location (AML) information from a mobile device to a mobile network for emergency calls.
The WC90: Telecommunications Carrier Facility – Maintenance Processes Working Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Power and Immunities Reference Group (PIRG). Specifically, the Working Committee is to carry out development of a new Telecommunications Carrier Facility – Maintenance Processes Industry Code.
The Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) Working Committee is to revise the C555:2017 Integrated Public Number Database Industry Code in order to address deficiencies in the Code identified by the ACMA.
The Reducing Scam Calls Working Committee is to develop an Industry Code aimed at identifying, tracing and reducing the volume of scam calls.
The G.fast Working Committee (WC93) is to revise the:
- C658:2019 Next-Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling Industry Code, and
- AS/ACIF S043.2 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network - Part 2: Broadband Australian Standard
- to align with international developments in G.fast technology (e.g. ITU-T Recommendation G.9700) and update the content of C658:2019 and AS/CA S043.2:2016 to enable the deployment of next generation broadband systems based on G.fast technology.
The IMT-2020 Customer Equipment Working Committee is to develop requirements for IMT-2020 (5G) customer equipment in a new Part 5 of the AS/CA S042 Requirements for Connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network Standard.
The Mobile Location Revision Working Committee is to revise parts 1, 5 and 6 of G557:2020 Location Information for Emergency Calls Australian Industry Guideline.
The HFC RF Egress Working Committee is to revise ACIF G545:2000 HFC Network RF Signal Egress Monitoring Guideline to update processes for alignment with current industry processes.
The Emergency Calls from Mobile Customer Equipment Working Committee is to create a new Guideline/Specification for emergency calls from Customer Equipment (CE) using a mobile service, to enable the forwarding of CE identifier(s) (e.g. IMEI, PEI) to the Emergency Call Person (ECP).