Telecommunications sector security reforms

The Critical Infrastructure Centre is leading implementation of the Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms (TSSR), which take effect from 18 September 2018.

These reforms are important to ensure the security and resilience of Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure, as well as the social and economic wellbeing of our nation.

Key elements

Security obligation

All carriers, carriage service providers and carriage service intermediaries will be required to do their best to protect networks and facilities from unauthorised access and interference – including a requirement to maintain ‘competent supervision’ and ‘effective control’ over telecommunications networks and facilities owned or operated by them.

Notification requirement

Carriers and nominated carriage service providers will be required to notify government of proposed changes to their networks and services that could compromise their ability to comply with the security obligation.

Information gathering power

The Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs has the power to obtain information and documents from carriers, carriage service providers and carriage service intermediaries, to monitor and investigate their compliance with the security obligation.

Directions power

The Minister for Home Affairs has a new directions power, to direct a carrier, carriage service provider or carriage service intermediary to do, or not do, a specified thing that is reasonably necessary to protect networks and facilities from national security risks.


The draft administrative guidelines from November 2015 are available to download below:

Contact details

Critical Infrastructure Centre
3-5 National Circuit
Phone: 02 5127 7387
Outside Australia: +61 2 5127 7387

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