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Reform of Australia’s electronic surveillance framework discussion paper


The Australian Government has committed to reform Australia’s laws governing electronic surveillance. For more information see Electronic Surveillance Reform.

As the first step in public consultation, the Government released the Reform of Australia's electronic surveillance framework Discussion Paper. The discussion paper sought early views from interested stakeholders and members of the public to inform the development of a new framework. The paper provides an overview of how the Government proposes to reform Australia’s electronic surveillance legislative framework.

Future consultation

Feedback on the discussion paper will be used to inform the drafting of the new electronic surveillance legislation. This will be followed by open and iterative stakeholder consultation throughout development of the reforms.

The Government intends to release an exposure draft of the proposed electronic surveillance legislation (and supporting materials) for public comment in late 2022. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide detailed views on the draft bill. The feedback received through consultations will inform the finalisation of the bill in 2023.​

Public submissions

The discussion paper was released to the public on 6 December 2021 and submissions closed on 11 February 2022.​​

Submissions received by the Department will be incrementally uploaded as processed. The Department is considering all of the feedback provided by the submissions.​

For privacy information, see our privacy policy.

Public submissions are available below:

​Further information

For further information or assistance, please contact: ​electronicsurveillancereforms@homeaffairs.gov.au