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Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 10 November 2017

The Australian Government introduced the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 to Parliament on 7 December 2017. The Bill seeks to manage the complex and evolving national security risks of sabotage, espionage and coercion posed by foreign involvement in Australia's critical infrastructure. The Bill will implement a critical infrastructure assets register and a ministerial last resort power.

The proposed Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets will build a clearer picture of critical infrastructure ownership and control in high-risk sectors, and support more proactive management of the risks these assets face.

The last resort ministerial directions power will give the relevant Minister the authority to direct specific risk mitigation actions, where security risks are present and all other risk management avenues to mitigate a risk have been exhausted.

The Bill has been developed based on feedback received from public consultation with key government and industry stakeholders. The government has made some important changes to the Bill in response to industry consultation, in particular applying the legislation to specific critical assets in the gas sector.

The Bill and Explanatory Memorandum are available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Fact sheets

The following fact sheets provide more information about the Critical Infrastructure Centre and the draft legislation:

Submissions

The government invited submissions in response to an exposure draft of the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017. Submissions to the exposure draft closed on 10 November 2017.

The submissions received, other than those provided on a confidential basis, are available below.

If you have issues accessing any of the documents below, email CICentre@homeaffairs.gov.au or call 02 6141 3338 for an alternate version. 

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