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Cyber security

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

​​Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

The Australian Government is developing our nation’s next Cyber Security Strategy as part of its commitment to protecting Australians from cyber threats. 

The new Strategy will be a successor to Australia’s landmark 2016 Cyber Security Strategy, which set out the Government’s 4 year plan to advance and protect our interests online backed by a $230 million investment.​

Why we need a new strategy

Since the release of the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy, the cyber threat landscape has shifted and evolved dramatically.

The magnitude of the threats faced by Australian businesses and families has increased. They will become more acute as our society and economy become increasingly connected. As the threat evolves, so too must our response.

Updates on the development of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy will be posted on this web page and on our Twitter @AuCyberStrategy​.


On 6 September 2019, we​ released a public discu​ssion paper​ calling for views to inform the development of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy. Submissions closed on 1 November 2019.

We received 215 submissions in response to the discussion paper​. 156 of these submissions were public and have been published​.

Home Affairs met with more than 1,400 people from across the country in face-to-face consultations, including workshops, roundtables and bilateral meetings. There were also dedicated forums with businesses of all sizes, academia, state and territory agencies, local governments and defence industry.

The Minister for Home Affairs also established an Industry Advisory Panel to provide strategic advice to support the development of Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy. The Industry Advisory Panel has released its final report available at 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel​

​Release of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy 

The Government will respond to the Panel’s report in coming months through the release of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.​