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The Assistance and Access Bill 2018

On 6 December 2018 the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (the Bill) passed both houses of Parliament. On 9 December 2018 it received Royal Assent and became law. 

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (the Act) ensures law enforcement and national security agencies are equipped with the tools necessary to keep the Australian community safe in the digital age. 

The Act reflects the outcome of an extensive three stage consultation process which provided an opportunity for industry, advocacy groups, civil society groups and the public to scrutinise and provide comment on the Bill. For more information, see Data encryption.

As part of this consultation process, the Department of Home Affairs received submissions in response to an exposure draft the Bill. 

Submissions received from public consultation

Note: The Department of Home Affairs is no longer accepting any submissions in relation to the Act.

The Department of Home Affairs received submissions in response to the exposure draft Assistance and Access Bill from individuals and organisations.

All submissions received with consent to publish, other than those provided on a confidential basis, are listed below in alphabetical order.