Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 introduced to Australian Senate

Published: Friday, 08 December 2017 08:55

After a consultation period which closed on 10th November 2017, the Attorney-General for Australia, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has introduced the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 to the Senate.

Speaking about the new legislation the Attorney-General said:

“Today I introduced into the Senate legislation to safeguard Australia’s critical infrastructure and enhance the capability of the Critical Infrastructure Centre.

“Foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure plays an important and beneficial role in supporting our national economic growth. However, while recognising its many benefits, increased foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure means our critical national assets are more exposed than ever to sabotage, espionage and coercion.

“The Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 enhances our ability to manage these challenges in the high-risk sectors of electricity, gas, ports and water.

“The legislation establishes a register of Australia’s highest-risk critical infrastructure assets, including information on asset ownership, access and control.

“This legislation will significantly enhance the Critical Infrastructure Centre’s capacity to assess and manage complex risks.

“Recognising the importance of the measures and the sectors covered by the legislation, the Bill will be immediately referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for inquiry and report by the first quarter 2018.”