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Protecting Our Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance - Reforms engagement

​​Critical Infrastructure Asset Definition Rules

The Critical Infrastructure Asset Definition Rules paper​ detailing the policy approach for the asset definition rules is available for download.

The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill introduces 12 of the identified 22 asset classes that require further rules to be made to finalise the assets subject to the enhanced regulatory framework.

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
  • critical superannuation assets.

The proposed rules for these 12 asset classes have been prepared in consultation with Commonwealth, State and Territory Government partners and feedback from industry.​​

We seek to ensure that the critical infrastructure assets captured are those services that are vital to Australia’s security, economic prosperity and way of life while minimising regulatory impost on industry.

The purpose of this paper is to seek public feedback on these proposed rules, noting that rules are made by, and subject to the approval of, the Minister for Home Affairs.

We invite stakeholders to send their views on the proposed policy approach to ci.reforms@homeaffairs.gov.au by no later than 4.00pm AEST, Friday 14 May 2021.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Co-design of Rules

On 10 December 2020, the Minister for Home Affairs introduced the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 to Parliament.

Engagement with industry has been essential throughout the development of the broader reform process including the Bill. Submissions received by the Department regarding the exposure draft of the Bill are available on the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance page.

We are approaching industry to work with us to co-design the rules that will underpin the risk management program. Further detail on this process is outlined below.

Governance Rules

In March 2021, we conducted four town halls and seven workshops to develop sector agnostic governance rules. The workshops provided stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the governance rules for the risk management program across all sectors. During this period, the Department of Home Affairs met with over 900 individuals.

A summary of the outcomes from this phase of co-design is available for download.​​

The governance rules will work alongside the sector-specific requirements for risk management programs, ensuring that entities have risk practices that are robust, repeatable and defensible.

Sector specific co-design


The Department has engaged KPMG to support and help facilitate the co-design process.

A discussion paper on the aims of this phase of co-design is available for download.​

The co-design of sector specific obligations will commence with the electricity and gas sectors.

The co-design period will involve both a town hall and a number of workshops which are outlined below for the electricity sector and gas sector respectively.

Electricity Sector Town Hall:

  • 14 April 2021 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Electricity Sector Workshop sessions:

  • 27 April 2021 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (AEST)
  • 18 May 2021 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (AEST)
  • 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 Town Hall:

  • 28 April 2021 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

Gas Sector Workshop sessions:

  • 11 May 2021 at 11:30am – 1:30pm (AEST)
  • 25 May 2021 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST)
  • 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.

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.

​​ Following the co-design of sector specific rules in the Electricity and Gas sectors, we anticipate that the next sectors will be the Water and Sewerage Sector and the Data Storage or Processing Sector. We will provide confirmation and timings for these sectors as soon as possible.

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