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Cyber security

Cyber security is important for Australia's national security, innovation, and prosperity.

Cyber security strategy

Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy – Consultation now open

Consultation is now underway across the country to shape the development of Australia's new Cyber Security Strategy.

We are asking for your views on the steps Government can take to improve the cyber security of Australian citizens, community groups and businesses.

A discussion paper has been released to start the conversation. Contribute your thoughts by submitting a response to the questions it asks or attending an in-person event.

For more information on the discussion paper, our in-person events and how to make your submission see Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy - a call for views.

Submissions close on 1 November 2019.

Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy

On 21 April 2016 the Government launched Australia's Cyber Security Strategy, developed over 18 months of consultation with 190 organisations.

The strategy is the Government’s 4 year plan to meet the dual challenges of the digital age – advancing and protecting our interests online.

It is based on five key themes:
  1. A national cyber partnership between government, researchers and business including regular meetings to strengthen leadership and tackle emerging issues.
  2. Stronger cyber defences to better detect, deter and respond to threats and anticipate risks.
  3. Global responsibility and influence to champion a secure, open and free internet while building capacity to crack down on cyber criminals and shut safe havens for cybercrime.
  4. Growth and innovation to support the Australian cyber security sector to grow and prosper, and ensuring all Australian businesses can operate securely online.
  5. A cyber smart nation to grow a highly skilled cyber security workforce and ensure all Australian are aware of the risks and benefits of being online.

Learn more about our strategy for strong cyber security, innovation, growth and prosperity at Australia's Cyber Security Strategy.