Global responsibility and influence

Global responsibility and influence

Cyber Security Cyber Security Strategy
Monday, 16 January 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

In 2016, Australia continued to work closely with regional partners on cyber issues and strengthened our collaboration with valued global partners. 

In December the inaugural Australia-US Cyber Security Dialogue brought together government, business and academic leaders. In his keynote address Prime Minister Turnbull highlighted partnership as a catalyst for innovation and growth in the cyber sector.

Our international cyber engagement was significantly bolstered following the appointment of Dr Tobias Feakin as Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. Dr Feakin will lead Australia’s international cyber cooperation and build on DFAT’s strong championing of an open, free and secure Internet.

Australia continued to play a leading role in international cyber initiatives including the Asia-Pacific CERT (as Chair) and the 2016-17 United Nations Group of Government Experts on Cyber.  Through these initiatives we are working towards agreement on norms of acceptable peacetime behaviour and the application of international law, in cyberspace.

Successful cyber dialogues were held with regional partners Japan and China, and significant steps were made in establishing our cyber security relationship with Indonesia.

In addition, collaboration with New Zealand was strengthened, with Ministers from both nations agreeing to collaborate on a range of issues including a cyber security exercise program and boosting Trans-Tasman cyber skills.