HAMAS LISTED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATION

Australia has today listed Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code. This listing replaces the previous listing of Hamas’ paramilitary wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which had been listed since 2003. The Government also designates Hamas for the purpose of counter-terrorism financing sanctions. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews…

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE REFORMS WILL STRENGTHEN AND PROTECT OUR AVIATION AND MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE

Australia’s airports and seaports will be better protected from a broader range of threats, including cyber-attacks under legislation introduced to Parliament today. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the Transport Security Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2022 (TSACI Bill) will continue to safeguard Australia’s vital aviation and maritime infrastructure from terrorism, and ensure this critical…

MORRISON GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION AGAINST RANSOMWARE CYBERCRIMINALS

The Morrison Government has today put criminal law reforms to Parliament that will see tougher offences and tougher penalties introduced for all forms of cyber extortion. These changes will ensure cybercriminals who use ransomware face an increased maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment and criminals targeting Australia’s critical infrastructure will receive a maximum penalty of…

LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MOBILE PHONE CRIME IN AUSTRALIA’S PRISONS

The Morrison Government has today introduced into Parliament new legislation to assist state and territory corrective services authorities identify, investigate and prevent illegal mobile phone criminal activity in Australia’s prisons. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said it is vital for prison authorities to have the powers they need to uncover illicit mobile phones and…

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE REFORMS WILL PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S CRITICAL SERVICES

The Morrison Government has today introduced into Parliament the second stage of the Australian Government’s critical infrastructure reform package. The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill will better protect Australia’s critical infrastructure and the essential services all Australians rely on from cyber-attacks – everything from our electricity and water, to health and medical care,…

REOPENING TO TOURISTS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS TO SECURE OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors from 21 February. These changes will ensure we protect the health of Australians, while we continue to secure our economic recovery. Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including though the recent…

SIX OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST DETECTOR DOG GRADUATES HEAD OVERSEAS TO ENHANCE REGIONAL BORDER SECURITY

Australia today says ‘sayonara’ to six of its best detector dog graduates, as they depart overseas for a career with Japan Customs, once again demonstrating the Australian Government’s cutting-edge border protection arrangements on the world stage. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, herself a patron of the Australian Border Force’s Detector Dog Program (ABF DDP),…