Australian Government - Attorney-General's Department

Protective Security Policy Framework

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Personnel security

Outcome

Each entity aims to ensure its employees and contractors are suitable to access Australian Government resources, and meet an appropriate standard of integrity and honesty.

Effective personnel security facilitates the sharing of Australian Government resources, and is an essential mitigation tool to the threat posed by trusted insiders.

To achieve the PSPF personnel security outcome, each entity implements the three personnel security core requirements to ensure employees and contractors are suitable to access Australian Government resources throughout all stages of their engagement with the entity. This includes having measures in place to ensure personnel demonstrate integrity and honesty by:

  • conducting relevant checks before they gain access to resources
  • managing their ongoing suitability to access resources throughout their engagement, and
  • having processes in place to ensure continued protection of resources after they leave the entity.

Core requirements for personnel security

Policy title Core requirement

Eligibility and suitability of personnel

Each entity must ensure the eligibility and suitability of its personnel who have access to Australian Government resources (people, information and assets).
Entities must use the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to conduct vetting, or where authorised conduct security vetting, in a manner consistent with the Personnel Security Vetting Standards.

Ongoing assessment of personnel

Each entity must assess and manage the ongoing suitability of its personnel and share relevant information of security concern, where appropriate.

Separating personnel

Each entity must ensure that separating personnel:

  1. have their access to Australian Government resources withdrawn
  2. are informed of any ongoing security obligations.
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