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…

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…

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…

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RISK OF ONLINE PREDATORS

You probably didn’t hear about it, but last week the Morrison Government passed legislation to give police and intelligence agencies more powers to tackle serious criminal activity taking place online, including child sexual exploitation. We’re making it harder for criminals and paedophiles to hide behind anonymising technology on the dark web. It didn’t make the…

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…

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…

Growing the next generation of Australia’s cyber security experts

The Morrison Government is investing more than $8 million in innovative projects designed to improve the skills and availability of cyber security professionals. The eight successful projects funded under round one of the $70 million Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will introduce students to training and career pathways and also create job-ready professionals through…

NEW LEGISLATION TO MAKE AUSTRALIANS SAFER

The Morrison Government will revolutionise the way Australian agencies investigate and prosecute serious crime, including terrorism, child sexual exploitation and cybercrime following the passage of legislation in the Senate today. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the passage of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 will ensure Australia’s law enforcement agencies…

Loophole for criminal gangs closes

The Morrison Government continues to take action to dismantle criminal gangs and make our communities safer. The Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill, which passed through the Parliament today, will strengthen identity card eligibility for those who work at airports, seaports and offshore facilities. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews welcomed the passage of the…