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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 14: Separating personnel

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This policy details how to protect Australian Government people, information and assets when personnel permanently or temporarily leave their employment.


Individuals can still compromise Australian Government resources after their employment or engagement has ceased. Separation measures help to mitigate the risks associated with departing personnel.

Entities have duties throughout the entire separation process. These obligations make sure the process is transparent and that security classified information is protected.

Before separation, entities must ensure individuals understand their obligations and debrief them if needed. Entities must share security relevant information in accordance with the requirement.

Entities must remove a separating personnel’s access to Australian Government resources. Where full separation procedures cannot be undertaken, they must consider the security implications.

Sponsoring entities and authorised vetting agencies have additional duties following the separation of personnel.

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