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Protecting vital telecommunications networks

Joint media release

Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister For Communications, Minister for the Arts
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General, Leader of the Government in the Senate

Today the Government introduced legislation that strengthens ties with the telecommunications industry, enabling authorities to better identify and respond to national security threats.

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 has been designed to enhance the existing security framework to better protect Australia’s telecommunications networks.

Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing increasingly depend on the security and resilience of telecommunications services. This is why the Government, with the benefit of input from key telecommunications stakeholders, has developed this important legislation, which  provides greater certainty for the industry and better protects telecommunications networks from national security threats.

The Bill is the result of extensive public consultation and responds to recommendations from the telecommunications industry. The Government will refer the Bill to the bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for public inquiry. The proposed legislation reflects the approach  previously recommended by the Committee.

The Government thanks members of the telecommunications industry for their collaborative and constructive approach to securing Australia’s telecommunications networks.

Minister Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au ()
Minister Brandis: 6277 7300 | agmedia [at] ag.gov.au ()