Fully vaccinated Australians ready for take-off from 1 November 2021

Fully vaccinated Australians will not require an exemption to depart Australia from 1 November 2021. With millions of Australians now fully vaccinated, and more joining them each and every day, the Morrison Government can safely welcome fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents across Australia’s international border in increasing numbers. Minister for Home Affairs Karen…

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New Morrison Government program to support next generation of cyber security experts

Australian students are set to benefit from a new $14.9 million Morrison Government education initiative designed to boost cyber security skills and prepare them for future careers in cyber security. Launching today, Questacon’s Cyber Ready Program consists of a series of challenges and teacher training modules developed for primary, secondary and tertiary students across Australia.…

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National cooperation to counter terrorism and crime as we emerge from the pandemic

A national meeting of Australian Ministers with responsibility for policing, law enforcement and counter terrorism will occur later today, to enhance cooperation and keep Australians safe as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chaired by Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews the forum will present an opportunity for national collaboration to counter terrorism and serious…

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Critical infrastructure reforms to protect the essential infrastructure we all rely on

The Morrison Government has today introduced amendments to urgently protect Australia’s critical infrastructure in the event of a major cyber-attack. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the amendments to the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 would ensure the most urgent reforms could be made while the Government continues to consider other recommendations…

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JOINT RELEASE – TICKET TO SAFE TRAVEL OVERSEAS

Australians are another step closer to safe overseas travel with the introduction of the Australian Government’s International COVID-19 proof of vaccination. From tomorrow, 19 October 2021, Australians and Australian visa holders who have a valid passport and their COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) can obtain an International COVID-19 proof of vaccination.…

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NEW PROGRAM TO FUND RESEARCH INTO ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The national Indigenous Justice Research Program (IJRP) has been established today as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. The IJRP will fund academic research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander criminal justice and aim to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in…

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New plan to protect Australians against ransomware

The Morrison Government is taking action to protect the community and economy from ransomware attacks, announcing new criminal offences, tougher penalties and a mandatory reporting regime as part of a new and comprehensive Ransomware Action Plan. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said individuals, businesses, and critical infrastructure across Australia will be better protected as…

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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…

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MORRISON GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON NDIS FRAUD

The Morrison Government’s strong commitment to protecting Australians living with a disability has been underlined, with the arrest of man for allegedly defrauding the NDIS of more than $120,000. The Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at a western Sydney property on Tuesday in relation to an investigation by the NDIS Fraud Taskforce. A…

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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…

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