Australian Government establishes Critical Infrastructure Centre

Published: Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:29

The Australian Government has launched a dedicated centre to manage the complex and evolving national security risks to Australia's critical infrastructure. The Critical Infrastructure Centre, established within the Attorney-General's Department, will assist all levels of government and critical infrastructure owners and operators to work together to identify and manage risks.

The Centre will develop coordinated, whole-of-government national security risk assessments and advice to support government decision-making on investment transactions. It will also provide greater certainty and clarity to investors and industry on the types of assets that will attract national security scrutiny.

The Centre's initial focus will be on the most critical national assets, such as the electricity, water and ports sectors, however the Government will consult with states, territories, industry and investors to consider what other assets require attention.  

The Centre will also develop and maintain a critical assets register that will enable a consolidated view of critical infrastructure ownership in high risk sectors across the country. This will help to proactively manage the national security risks that can arise from operational and procurement strategies.

As a first step, the Centre has launched a website dedicated to organizational resilience. This will provide a source of information for Australian businesses and individuals, and features the Organisational Resilience HealthCheck: a free tool to help respondents identify their organization's resilience potential.