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Co-designing Rules with Industry: Critical Infrastructure Reforms

Critical Infrastructure Asset Definition Rules

Building on industry engagement during the development of the Bill, the Department of Home Affairs aims to ensure that the critical infrastructure assets included are vital services to Australia’s security, economic prosperity and way of life.  It also aims to reduce regulatory burden on industry.

Through extensive consultation with Commonwealth, State and Territory government partners and feedback from industry, we have prepared draft definitions for the 12 asset classes.

These 12 asset classes are:

  • critical banking assets;
  • critical broadcasting assets;
  • critical domain name systems;
  • critical electricity assets;
  • critical financial market infrastructure assets;
  • critical food and grocery assets;
  • critical freight infrastructure assets;
  • critical freight services assets;
  • critical gas assets;
  • critical insurance assets;
  • critical liquid fuel assets; and
  • critical superannuation assets.

For further information, see Critical Infrastructure Asset Definition Rules paper.

A strong and effective government-industry partnership is central to achieving the Australian Government’s vision for critical infrastructure security and resilience.

Governance Rules

In March 2021, we conducted four town halls and seven workshops to develop sector- agnostic governance rules. These consultation sessions provided industry peak bodies, regulators, State and Territory government partners, and industry stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the governance rules for the risk management program across all sectors. During this consultation period, we spoke to over 1,350 individuals.

For a summary of the outcomes from this consultation process, see Co-design of Governance Rules – Critical Infrastructure Risk Management Program: Summary of consultation.

​The governance rules will work alongside the sector-specific obligations for risk management programs, ensuring that entities have risk minimisation, mitigation or elimination practices that are robust, repeatable and defensible.

Sector-Specific Co-design

Engagement with industry has been essential throughout the development of the broader reform process, including the Bill. For submissions regarding the exposure draft of the Bill, see Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance.

We now approach industry to work together to co-design sector-specific obligations that will underpin the risk management program.

​​We have engaged KPMG to support and help facilitate the co-design process.

For the aims of this phase of co-design, see Risk Management Program – Sector-Specific Rules: Discussion paper.

The co-design consultation involves both a town hall and a number of workshops which are outlined below. Town halls and workshops will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. Links to attend each event will be distributed directly to those who have registered their interest.

Data Storage or Processing and Water and Sewerage Sectors

After co-designing sector-specific obligations for the electricity and gas sectors, we will commence the process for the data storage or processing sector and the water and sewerage sector.

​​Data Storage or Processing Sector Town Hall:

  • 29 June 2021 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Data Storage or Processing Sector Workshop sessions:

  • 13 July 2021 at 12:30pm – 2:30pm (AEST)
  • 28 July 2021 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (AEST)
  • 12 August 2021 at 11:00am – 1:00pm (AEST)

Complete the Register your interest - co-design of rules for the data storage or processing sector web form to express your interest in attending the data storage or processing sector town hall and workshops.

Water and Sewerage Sector Town Hall:

  • 6 July 2021 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Water and Sewerage Sector Workshop sessions:

  • 20 July 2021 at 11:00am – 1:00pm (AEST)
  • 4 August 2021 at 11:00am – 1:00pm (AEST)
  • 24 August 2021 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Complete the Register your interest - co-design of rules for the water and sewerage sector web form to express your interest in attending the water and sewerage sector town hall and workshops.

Electricity and Gas Sectors

Electricity Sector Third Workshop session:

  • 3 June 2021 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Complete the Register your interest - co-design of rules for the electricity sector web form to express your interest in attending the electricity sector town hall and workshops.

Gas Sector Third Workshop session:

  • 10 June 2021 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm (AEST)

Complete the Register your interest - co-design of rules for the Gas sector web form to express your interest in attending the gas sector town hall and workshops.

Contact CI.reforms@homeaffairs.gov.au with any further queries.

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