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Protective Security Policy Framework

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Australian Government Protective Security Policy

The Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) has been developed to assist Australian Government entities to protect their people, information and assets, at home and overseas. The Directive on the Security of Government Business from the Attorney-General underpins protective security policy and aims to ensure the secure delivery of Government business.

The PSPF consists of:

  • Five principles that apply to every area of security. As fundamental values that represent what is desirable for all entities, security principles guide decision making.
  • Four outcomes that outline the desired end-state results the government aims to achieve. Desired protective security outcomes relate to security governance, as well as information, personnel and physical security.
  • Sixteen core requirements that articulate what entities must do to achieve the government's desired protective security outcomes.
    • Most core requirements have a number of must do supporting requirements that are intended to facilitate a standardised approach to security implementation across government.
  • Guidance that provides advice on how PSPF requirements can be delivered.
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