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The Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 August 2023 transferred responsibility for protective security policy, including the Protective Security Policy Framework, to the Department of Home Affairs from the Attorney-General’s Department. These Machinery of Government (MOG) changes commenced on 4 August 2023.

Policy amendment – Management structures and responsibilities

The Government Security Committee recommended the PSPF be amended to allow entities with fewer than 100 employees (classified as micro and extra small entities by the Australian Public Service Commission) to appoint their Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the EL2 level.

The amended policy requires that the EL2 officer report directly to the accountable authority on security matters and has both sufficient authority and capability to perform the responsibilities of the CSO role. The PSPF policy: Management structures and responsibilities has been updated to reflect this change. If you have any questions about this policy amendment, please contact the PSPF team.

New PSPF fact sheet and template

We have published information on Significant security incidents.This provides additional guidance on determining when a security incident is 'significant' enough to report to the Attorney-General's Department. A template to report a significant security incident has also been published to assist you with meeting the PSPF requirement 3 in policy: Management structures and responsibilities.