Internet Society of Australia
What is ISOC-AU?
The Internet Society of Australia, ISOC-AU, was founded in 1996. It is a non-profit, user-focused organisation which promotes development of the Internet in Australia to benefit the whole community, including business, academic, professional, and private Internet users. ISOC-AU is committed to the positive evolution of the Internet. The Australian chapter of the worldwide Internet Society is one of that body's longest standing chapters and as such is a microcosm of ISOC: the parent body of the Internet Engineering Task Force: a large, open community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers which actually creates the protocols and standards that are fundamental to Internet operation.
Members become part of a friendly, informed network of people at all levels of Internet experience. Members:
ISOC-AU provides technically knowledgeable advice on Internet development and public policy. It offers an environment in which members may seek information, discuss issues, and provide input into official policy submissions that the Society takes to industry and government on the members' behalf. Through the parent body ISOC, members also take part in international Internet policy development.
ISOC-AU represents the interests of Australian users of the Internet. The Internet industry in Australia is required to be self-regulatory: to consult with and take into account the needs and concerns of all users, including individuals, vendors and business interests. ISOC-AU is widely respected as the provider of the informed end-user voice that is essential to this process. Our Organisational Members represent more than 40,000 Internet users at all levels of Internet industry, research and infrastructure.
Individual Members: Anyone may join ISOC-AU as an individual member (concession rates apply for students and pensioners). Members use mailing-lists, contribute to submissions, are a part of parent-body ISOC, attend networking get-togethers, and receive reduced fees to conferences.
The Internet Society of Australia is managed by a board of twelve directors elected by the membership. Directors may also appoint an executive director. One-third of the board is rotated each year and any member may stand for board election at the AGM. Directors meet roughly each month via teleconference and at least twice a year in person.