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Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance

​​​​​Exposure Draft Bill

​​The Australian Government is committed to protecting the essential services all Australians rely on by uplifting the security and resilience of critical infrastructure and systems of national significance.

Your feedback has already shaped the Government’s approach to developing an enhanced critical infrastructure security framework.

As part of the next stage of development of these reforms, we are seeking views on:

The Bill seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure. The Regulations support the operation of the Bill’s assistance and cooperation measures.

The reforms are a key initiative of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 202​0.​​​

Make a submission

We encourage all Australians to take an active interest in ensuring that Australia's approach to protecting critical infrastructure is fit for purpose.

Submissions on the Exposure Draft Bill, draft Explanatory Document, Exposure Draft Regulations and draft Explanatory Statement close at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Friday 27 November 2020. Make your submissions via the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 submission form​.​​

Want to know more?

We will hold virtual town halls on the Bill (via WebEx) from 12-19 November 2020 to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the reforms.

Register for a Town Hall event.

If you have any further questions on the reforms, please email ci.reforms@homeaffairs.gov.au

Consultation Paper

Submissions to the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance Consultation Paper closed at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

Through five weeks of consultation, the Department of Home Affairs met with over 2,000 people to discuss the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance package of reforms.

Virtual consultation comprised of a series of 6 public Town Halls and 22 sector-specific workshops. The Virtual Town Hall presentation is now available.​

Sub​missions​ to the Consultation Paper

In response to the Consultation Paper, the Department of Home Affairs received 194 submissions. 66 submissions remain confidential and are not publicly available. 128 public submissions are available below.​