The Minister for Communications and the Attorney-General have announced reforms to better protect Australia’s telecommunications networks.

26 June 2015

These are the Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms (TSSR).This announcement was made on the 26 June 2015.

Australia's national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing increasingly rely on telecommunications networks as the infrastructure that connects us to the internet.

The proposed TSSR reforms will ensure that businesses, individuals and the public sector can continue to rely on telecommunication networks to store and transmit data safely and securely—and to support other critical infrastructure sectors.

The government is seeking public comment on draft legislation to implement the TSSR reforms. It is expected the proposed changes will be introduced into the Parliament later in 2015.

The draft Explanatory Memorandum and Regulatory Impact Statement have also been publicly released. These documents provide more detail on the reason for the reforms and proposed operation of the Bill.

Information about the proposed reforms are available from the Telecommunications Security page on the Attorney-General's Department website.

Submissions close on 31 July 2015.