Joint Attorney-General - Senate Passes Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms
the Senate has passed the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment
Bill 2016 to significantly enhance the security of our critical
Bill will be the ninth significant tranche of national security legislation the
Coalition Government has passed since 2014.
Bill establishes a framework to better manage national security threats to the
telecommunications sector, and obliges carriers and carriage service providers to
do their best to protect their networks from unauthorised access and
bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security reviewed
the Bill and handed down its report on 30 June. The Government has accepted all
the Committee’s recommendations.
Bill has now been referred to the House of Representatives. When passed, the
Critical Infrastructure Centre within the Attorney General’s Department will
work with industry to implement the reforms over a 12 month period.
industry consultation has contributed to the development of this legislation.