IoT Alliance Australia Workstreams

The IoT Alliance Australia launched a major research report "Enabling the Internet of Things for Australia"in October 2015. It outlines a pathway to ensure that Australia can harness the benefits of the next "great disruptor". The report warned that Australia's fundamental IoT capabilities are good, but our lack of industry and Government focus risks denying Australia the opportunity for IoT competitive advantage and global market leadership.

The report made 12 core recommendations for regulatory and policy changes, combined with industry inititaives. The recommended package of measures is designed to avoid the risks inherent in the development of the IoT and facilitate its development in Australia in ways that will drive economic growth and competitiveness. In response to this the IoT Alliance Australia created 6 workstreams to address key enablers and inhibitors for the development of the Australian IoT industry and economy.    

The 7 workstreams

Workstream 1: Collaboration


To develop a coherent, collaborative and globally-aware Australian IoT community with industry, government and other key stakeholders to foster innovation, inform appropriate policy and regulatory settings. 


  • Defining IoT collaboration.
  • Creating an overall communications strategy to establish messaging and advocacy for IoT.
  • Contributing to governments, industry and other stakeholders' understanding of the importance of IoT and the need for co-ordinated action.
  • Developing an IoT collaboration measurement method.


Tristan Masters, KPMG 

WORKSTREAM 2: Smart industries & cities


Creating and developing sectoral IoT advancement and alignment with key sectors, including through government industry growth centre activities, Infrastructure Australia, state governments and key sectoral bodies with an initial focus on water and energy resource management, food and agribusiness, transport and Smart Cities.

Terms of reference

  • Providing an IoT strategy and policy recommendations with focus sectors to align with government and industry priority areas.
  • Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders including major sector aligned growth centres, industry associations, major government influencers.
  • Align IoT solutions to meet the needs of industry and consumers.
  • Create more IoT awareness, engagement and education for consumers, markets and governments.
  • Apply the learnings of global best practice sector initiatives such as the US Smart Cities IoT initiative.

workstream chair 

Catherine Caruana-McManus, Giant Ideas

WORKSTREAM 3: Data use, access & Privacy 


Develop IoT open data and data sharing principles and guidelines with a possible sectoral focus. In conjunction, develop data privacy guidelines for use of IoT data. 


  • Prioritising high-value areas for IoT-developing criteria to identify high-value data, the sharing of which would create significant social benefits.
  • Development of Australian economy wide, sector/product specific data sharing principles to facilitate IoT.
  • Promoting data sharing principles and addressing consumer expectations.
  • Incentivising data quality for IoT applications.
  • De-identification of personal information.


Peter Leonard, Gilbert + Tobin

WORKSTREAM 4: spectrum availability & licensing


Develop spectrum-related knowledge and settings to maximise IoT opportunities in Australia and work with industry and government to seek to ensure optimum spectrum arrangements and licensing frameworks are in place. 


  • Develop and maintain a framework for considering IoT spectrum needs.
  • Maintain active IoT spectrum community information flows.
  • Provide policy and regulatory advice to government on IoT spectrum.


Nevio Marinelli, ACMA

WORKSTREAM 5: Cyber security & Network resilience


To develop security guidelines for IoT service elements, including data protection. 

terms of reference

  • Provide an IoT interpretation of current and future regulatory security proposals to ensure the right balance between building trust and enabling innovation.
  • Developing and maintaining security guidelines for IoT.
  • Maintaining the IoT sectors reference guide to global markets regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and maintain IoT network and service resilience attributes and guidelines for service classes.

Workstream chair

Matt Tett, Enex TestLab

WORKSTREAM 6: Iot start-up innovation


Develop policy and IoT eco-system frameworks in support of a national IoT program, supporting the start-up community which is linked to industry growth centres.

Terms of Reference

  • Identify and engage key government stakeholders to help with IoT start-ups.
  • Establish links to the capital raising sector specific to IoT start-ups.
  • Identify key IoT labs and hubs and build up IoT eco-system and areas of expertise.
  • Provide educational support, with tools and practical help for IoT start ups - identifying their key barriers to success.

workstream chair

Stuart Waite, Timpani