The team behind the development of Australia's mandatory data retention scheme, which has been described by the telecommunications industry as "ridiculous", have been given an award by Attorney-General's Department secretary Chris Moraitis for their "exceptional" work.

The legislation forcing telecommunications providers to keep customer call logs, IP addresses, location information and other so-called metadata for two years passed Parliament in March last year, and the estimated 419 telecommunications companies in Australia were given just six months to develop a plan with the Attorney-General's Department as to how they would comply with the new legislation.