Cyber Security Legislative Reforms

​​​​​​​​​Consultation on proposed new cyber security legislation and on changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018

​The protection of our cyber security and critical infrastructure is vital to Australia’s national security and economic stability.

Increasing connectivity brings great benefits, but also great risk. Today, a cyber incident can spread instantaneously, disrupting interconnected systems and networks across the economy.

Such incidents have affected many Australians. We cannot ignore the lessons learned from them.

The Australian Government committed to being a world-leader in cyber security by 2030, as outlined in the 2023-2030 Australian Cybe​r Security Strategy. Stronger cyber protections will allow our citizens and businesses to prosper and recover quickly after a cyber-attack. The Australian Government is also committed to a new era of public-private partnership. This aims to improve Australia’s cyber security and resilience.

The Australian Government has identified opportunities to strengthen cyber security laws. These laws give the right level of protection to Australian citizens and businesses. Addressing these issues will help to build basic cyber risk mitigations across the economy. They will help citizens and businesses engage confidently in the digital economy.

We understand that introducing new legislation, or changing existing legislation, can have significant impacts on how businesses make decisions. That is why we are consulting on proposed reforms to Australia’s legislative settings.

Subject to this consultation process is:

  1. New legislative initiatives to address gaps in current laws.
  2. Amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018. This aims to improve security and resilience following recent attacks, with cyber response and prevention at the forefront.

T​he Australian Government’s proposed reforms are outlined within the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy: Cyber Security Legislative Reforms Consultation Paper​.

Providing a submission

The Department is inviting you to make a submission via the consultation web form.​

The submission portal is open until 5pm AEDT, Friday 1 March 2024.

Understanding the Consultation Paper

The Department is hosting a number of virtual town hall and deep dive sessions.These sessions will provide further information on the Consultation Paper and consultation process. They will also provide an overview of the proposed legislative reform on new initiatives to address gaps in existing laws and changes to the SOCI Act. The focused deep dive sessions will provide more information and answer questions about each of the four proposed legislative measures listed in Part 1 of the Consultation Paper.

To attend any of the virtual town hall and deep dive sessions, register online.

Consultation Feedback Survey​

The Department invites you to provide feedback on the 2023–2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy: Legislative Reforms consultation town halls that are currently underway.

Your feedback assists the Department in ensuring our stakeholders are fully informed of important proposed legislative reforms and that our engagement activities are fit for purpose. To participate, please complete the short Town hall consultation survey​.

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