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Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives

​​​​​​​​​​On 13 July 2021, the Australian Government opened consultation on options for regulatory reforms and voluntary incentives to strengthen the cyber security of Australia’s digital economy. Interested stakeholders are invited to provide a submission to the discussion paper, Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives.

Submissions on the discussion paper can be made via our submission form before 11.59pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

Why is Government considering cyber security reforms?

The Government is consulting on stronger cyber security regulations and incentives to support a growing digital economy and respond to a growing threat environment, particularly ransomware. 

This work forms part of Au​stralia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 and also responds to recommendations of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel.

It complements the Government's critical infrastructure reforms ​and the Review of the Privacy Act 1988.

Issues for consultation

The Government is seeking feedback on possible voluntary and regulatory measures in three areas:

  • Setting clear cyber security expectations through cyber security standards for:
    • corporate governance
    • personal information and
    • smart (internet of things) devices.
  • Increasing transparency through:
    • cyber security labelling for smart devices
    • software vulnerability disclosure policies and
    • health checks for small businesses.
  • Protecting consumer rights through appropriate legal remedies for victims.

Consultation Events

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend an interactive virtual open forum. Attendees will get an overview of the discussion paper and the opportunity to provide feedback about reform options. Note that these events are closed to the media (media enquiries can be sent to media@homeaffairs.gov.au).​

​Date and TimeEvent (click to register)
Friday 23 July, 2:00pm-3:30pm (AEST)​
Sold out
Monday 26 July, 3:00pm-4:30pm (AEST)
Sold out
Wednesday 28 July, 9:00am-10:30am (AEST) Sold out
New Event
Monday 2 August, 2:30-4:00pm (AEST)​
Victoria and Tasmania open forum #2
Wednesday 4 August, 10:00am-11:30am (AEST) Queensland and Northern Territory open forum​
Wednesday 11 August, 9:00am-10:30am (AWST) Western Australia open forum​​
Wednesday 18 August, 9:30am-11:00am (ACST) South Australia open forum​

Note: Home Affairs is using the third party service Eventbrite to manage registrations for open forum events. Events will be hosted on videoconferencing platform WebEx.​​

Further Information

For further information follow us on Twitter @AUCyberStrategy or email us at techpolicy@homeaffairs.gov.au