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

The PSPF Reporting Portal will transfer to the Department of Home Affairs on 11 June 2024. Before 11 June 2024, all entities and users must set up new authentication credentials through VANguard. You can get more information by contacting the Government Protective Security Policy section at or the PSPF hotline on 02 5127 9999.

Policy update – Sensitive and classified information

PSPF policy 8: Sensitive and classified information has been amended to clarify and update the policy settings for:

  • physical information (Annex A)
  • government-issued mobile devices (Annex B)
  • non-government mobile devices (Annex C)
  • sensitive and security classified discussions (Annex D)

The key changes were to:

  • establish policy settings for government-issued and non-government mobile devices
  • prohibit use of SECRET information or devices in Zone 2 spaces
  • strengthen requirements around use and storage of SECRET information at home
  • clarify that SECRET and TOP SECRET information must not be used while travelling
  • clarify that non-authorised devices are not permitted in Zones 4 and 5 or other locations where SECRET or TOP SECRET information or devices are present, and
  • set out locations where audible dissemination of sensitive and security classified information can occur.

Implementation period

Entities will be required to report on their maturity against the updated PSPF policy 8 (excluding the new Zone 2 requirements) in the 2022–23 PSPF reporting period.

Some entities will need to upgrade facilities to meet the new requirements disallowing the use of SECRET information and devices in Zone 2 spaces. To accommodate this, an implementation period of 24 months will be applied to these requirements and they will be excluded from maturity calculations until the 2024–25 PSPF reporting period.

Policy 8 will be periodically reviewed to ensure it remains fit for purpose.