The Internet Society of Australia has called on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to recommend a total rethink of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill. Internet Society of Australia CEO, Laurie Patton, said his board and members are extremely concerned that the legislation, as currently drafted, simply won't achieve the Government's stated aims while constituting a serious threat to existing civil rights protections. At our appearance before the PJCIS the Society offered to assist the Committee and the Government by providing expert technical advice. At the Committee's request we have since provided a confidential supplementary report.

 Media Release    |   Submission | YouTube Video of our presentation



Mr Laurie Patton has been appointed the new CEO of the Internet Society of Australia. The Society looks forward to expanding our work in helping shape our Internet future at both national and international levels.

  Media Release here

Article on Laurie Patton in the Business Spectator here


The Internet Society of Australia is pleased to announce its executive for 2015: George Fong, President; Paul Brooks, Vice-President; Craig Ng, Honorary Treasurer; and Roger Clarke, Honorary Secretary.

  Media Release and more .



6th August 2014: Our 10 Questions On MetaData

The Australian Government has announced that it will mandate the retention of communications metadata for two years in order to assist law enforcement and national security agencies to improve the detection of terrorism offences and reduce the risk of a terrorist attack within Australia or which affects Australians or their interests.

There has been criticism of this proposal on the grounds of interference with the privacy of the vast majority of Australians who are not terrorists as well as the cost and risks of implementation.

Reassuringly, the Attorney General and Minister for Communications have made it clear that, as a general principle, the Government will seek to minimise the cost impact and risk of interference with the privacy of ordinary Australians to the extent possible.

However, unfortunately at this point there appears to be insufficient information in the public domain about the detail of the proposal to understand how it is to be implemented in practice and to reach informed conclusions as to whether the benefits of the proposal outweigh its cost and risk.

We posed 10 detailed questions on MetaData  to the  Attorney General's Department to try and assist in fleshing out the scheme, prior to the Bill being introduced.

 Click here for our document containing our Ten Questions on MetaData



04 Jul 2014: ISOC-AU President Appointed to Global Internet Governance Body
05 Aug 2013: ISOC-AU Demands the Australian Government Come Clean
16 May 2013: ASIC Abuse of Powers to Block Internet Traffic
09 November 2012: Internet Society of Australia Applauds Filtering Decision
23 April 2012: Australian Honoured in Internet Hall of Fame

09 November 2011: New Executive for ISOC-AU
08 June 2011: WORLD IPv6 DAY – "Best School Day Ever!"
07 June 2011: World IPv6 Day Gains Momentum in Australia
04 June 2011: World IPv6 Day Participation Continues to Grow
03 February 2011: Internet Society Statement on IPv4 Depletion

16 February 2010: ISOC-AU does not support the Government's proposed mandatory blocking of Refused Classification (RC) material on the Internet
04 February 2010: ISOC-AU applauds today's decision of the Australian Federal Court in the case of Roadshow Films Pty Limited v iiNET Limited

01 July 2009: The Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) has just received a grant of approximately $US 10,000 from the global Internet Society (ISOC) to develop capacity in other ISOC Chapters to advocate for Internet accessibility for people with disabilities.

02 Jun 2006: Internet Society of Australia, au Domain Administration, Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association and BuildersNet Pty Ltd will work together on a new project called IPv6 for e-Business

30 May 2002: The Internet Society and the International Telecommunication Union have announced agreement on a method for bridging our two worldwide communications networks: the telephone system and the Internet
06 May 2002: ISOC-AU supports the Australian Government inquiry into wireless broadband technologies.

10 October 2001: In consultation with its individual and organisational members representing more than 40,000 Australian Internet users ISOC-AU has developed 13 key steps for high quality development of the Internet.
01 September 2001: ISOC-AU hopes for considerable user benefits to follow from ICANN support for transfer of the delegation of .au to auDA
27 August 2001: Tony Hill, ED of ISOC-AU, is delivering the keynote address at an international meeting of Pacific Nations in Noumea. See the address.
13 July 2001: Adoption of the Competition Report by the auDA board
04 July 2001: Establishment of the Broadband Xchange industry forum
09 May 2001: ISOC-AU welcomes approval of new policies for allocation of .au domain names
21 January 2001: Formation of ICT (Information Communications and Telecommunications Alliance) is announced

08 August 2000: ADSL broadband Internet technology still leaves Australia behind other countries in maximising economic and social benefits from the Internet
12 July 2000: auDA and Mebourne IT have finally reached funding agreement
28 June 2000: Australia's new privacy legislation could still leave Australia out of world e-commerce market
26 June 2000: ISOC-AU applauds NOIE's funding of auDA's Name Policy and Competition Panels
17 April 2000: New privacy legislation introduced to the Federal Parliament is not sufficient to give Internet users confidence
28 February 2000: Australia is in danger of losing key Internet opportunities following the resignation of the CEO of the new domain name administration body, auDA

27 October 1999: Call for urgent action on customer access to bandwidth in comments to National Bandwidth Inquiry
21 October 1999: Internet censorship definitions may make thousands of businesses liable as ISPs and ICHs
17 October 1999: ISOC-AU welcomes new board for Australian domain names body, auDA
26 April 1999: ISOC-AU applauds auDA Domain Name reform process