The AUSTEL Privacy Advisory Committee was established by AUSTEL at the request of the Minister for Communications and the Arts the Hon Michael Lee MP on 15 September 1994. The Committee is established under section 53 of the Telecommunications Act 1991, and reports to AUSTEL in an advisory capacity. In the first instance the Minister requested the Committee address the issues of customer personal information, in particular that of silent line customers; telemarketing; and Calling Number Display.

The scope of telecommunications privacy issues is both broad and complex and this is reflected in the constitution of the Committee's membership (Attachment C) - comprising representatives from industry, government and consumer and user groups - and in its terms of reference (Attachment D).