Friday, 06 September 2019
Media release

Joint Media Release with Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence - Have your say on Australia's new cyber security strategy

The Morrison Government will develop a new cyber security strategy to keep businesses and families safe online and is inviting business and the community to share their views.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the new strategy will be developed in close collaboration with industry, research partners and community groups.

"Strong collaboration and partnerships are vital to ensure this strategy is well positioned to tackle the cyber security challenges we face as a nation," Mr Dutton said.

"Today I have released a discussion paper seeking views from the public. In the coming weeks I will also appoint a panel of cyber security experts to guide development and implementation of the strategy."

The new strategy will build on the foundations of the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.

"The Government's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy has strengthened Australia's national cyber security footing, deepened our engagement with industry, and positioned Australia as a prominent regional leader in cyber security," Mr Dutton said.

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the development of a new strategy will help Australia combat increasing and evolving cyber threats. 

"In 2018 alone, around one in three Australian adults were affected by cybercrime," Ms Reynolds said.

"The Australian Cyber Security Centre sees hundreds of reports on a daily basis from businesses, families and individuals who have fallen victim to scams, ransomware, sophisticated fraud or the theft of their intellectual property.

"The strategy will support our ongoing work of ensuring Australia is the safest place to connect online."

"I thank the Government's cyber security partners for their commitment to addressing this threat and encourage all interested parties to participate in the development of the new strategy," Mr Dutton said.

For more information on consultation events, including the discussion paper, visit: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/submissions-and-discussion-papers/cyber-security-strategy-2020