Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020
The Australian Government is committed to protecting the essential services all Australians rely on. To achieve this, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) is progressing the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance reforms, a key initiative of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 (3MB PDF).
On 10 December 2020, the Minister for Home Affairs introduced the
Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 to Parliament.
The Bill seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 and expands its coverage from four sectors (electricity, gas, water and ports) to the following eleven critical infrastructure sectors:
- financial services and markets
- data storage or processing
- defence industry
- higher education and research
- food and grocery
- health care and medical
- space technology
- transport; and
- water and sewerage.