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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.



Security governance

The policies under this outcome outline the roles and responsibilities of Accountable Authorities and the management structures and responsibilities that determine how security decisions are made. They set out how to plan, manage, monitor and report on protective security. They also articulate the governance arrangements for sharing Australian Government resources with contracted service providers and foreign partners.

Information security

The policies under this outcome outline how entities classify and handle official information to guard against information compromise. They also set out how to provide appropriate and secure access to official information, mitigate common and emerging cyber threats and safeguard official information and communication technology systems.

Personnel security

The policies under this outcome outline how to screen and vet personnel and contractors to assess their eligibility and suitability. They also cover how to assess the ongoing suitability of entity personnel to access government resources and how to manage personnel separation. 

Physical security

The policies under this outcome outline physical security, control, and building construction measures to safeguard government resources and minimise or remove security risk.