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Exposure Draft Transport Security Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2022

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department is proposing a number of legislative reforms to the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (ATSA) and the ​Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 (MTOFSA). The proposed reforms will implement an enhanced critical infrastructure security regulatory regime for the aviation and maritime transport sectors. The proposed amendments to the ATSA and MTOFSA are captured in the Transport Security Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2022 (Transport Security Bill).​

The Transport Security Bill seeks to transition the regulatory framework for the aviation and maritime transport sectors from a focus on unlawful interference (terrorism) to encompass an enhanced ‘all hazards’ regulatory framework. The enhanced ‘all hazards’ regulatory framework will encompass any threat that could impact on the confidentiality, integrity, availability, or reliability of an industry participant’s operations. This forms part of the Australian Government’s critical infrastructure reforms and will support a general uplift in security and resilience across the Australian economy.

The Exposure Draft Transport Security Bill is available for download. The Department has also prepared a supporting ​Guide to the Bill which provides additional detail on some of the proposed amendments. Additionally, more detail can be found on​​​ the aviation and maritime critical infrastructure reforms​ page.​

The Department invites public submissions from interested parties on the Exposure Draft Transport Security Bill. Please complete this form ​to lodge your​​​​​​​​​​ submission​​​​​. The Department will be accepting submissions until 11:59pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

The Department acknowledges that December and early January are busy periods for stakeholders impacted by the Transport Security Bill. To balance industry’s desire to see the draft Transport Security Bill this year, the exposure draft Transport Security Bill will be available for comment/review/consideration until Tuesday 1 ​February 2022​​.

The Department will begin holding town halls and ​roundtables from the middle of January 2022, when the peak period will ease. Details on the town halls, and where to register, can be found below:

  • Town hall 1: 2:00pm – 3:00pm AEDT, Tuesday 18 ​January 2022. Register here  
  • Town Hall 2: 2:30pm – 3:30pm (AEDT) Thursday 20 January 2022. Register here
  • Town Hall 3: 1:30pm – 2:30pm (AEDT) Tuesday 25 January 2022. ​Register​ here

Please note you only need to attend one town hall as similar information will be provided at all three.

The Department is also available for bilateral meetings to discuss the Transport Security Bill and the reforms more broadly. Please reach out to amcir@homeaffairs.gov.au if you would like to arrange a bilateral meeting.

Please reach out to amcir@homeaffairs.gov.au if you have any questions.