New agreement to secure our region from maritime people smuggling

The Australian and Nauruan Governments have today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish an enduring regional processing capability in Nauru. Regional processing is a key pillar of the Australian Government’s strong border protection policies. Under Operation Sovereign Borders, people who attempt to travel to Australia illegally by boat are turned back, or transferred to…

NEW DIGITAL PLATFORM TO SUPPORT REOPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER

The Morrison Government has taken the next step in preparation for reopening Australia to international travel at scale, with the appointment of Accenture to deliver the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD). The DPD will replace the physical incoming passenger card and the COVID-19 Australian Travel Declaration web form, capturing essential information including passengers’ vaccination status up…

PASSAGE OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2021

The Parliament has today passed legislation that will ensure our national security agencies continue to have the powers they need to combat current and emerging threats to national security. The Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community (the Richardson Review) made clear that the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA…

NEW POWERS TO COMBAT CRIME ON THE DARK WEB

Legislation passed today will significantly boost the capacity of our law enforcement agencies to identify and disrupt serious criminal activity occurring online, and keep Australians safe. The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 introduces three new powers for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to modify and delete data…

Securing Australia’s airports, seaports and offshore facilities from trusted insiders with serious criminal backgrounds

The Morrison Government has today closed a loophole allowing serious criminals to use our airports, seaports and offshore facilities to import illicit goods, with changes to the Transport Security Legislation Amendment (Serious Crime) Regulations 2021 coming into force. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said new eligibility criteria for people holding aviation or maritime security…

Australia joins international partners in attribution of malicious cyber activity to China

The Australian Government joins international partners in expressing serious concerns about malicious cyber activities by China’s Ministry of State Security. In consultation with our partners, the Australian Government has determined that China’s Ministry of State Security exploited vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange software to affect thousands of computers and networks worldwide, including in Australia. These…

COOPERATION WITH MALAYSIA STRENGTHENS AUSTRALIAN BORDERS

The Morrison Government continues to ensure Australia’s border are protected, with Australia’s participation in Operation Redback XV – a week-long Malaysia Coast Guard (MCG) led exercise to strengthen maritime security in our near region – concluding yesterday. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said that while Australia’s strong border protection measures had suppressed Australia’s maritime people…