Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
29 March 2018
The Act commences on Wednesday 11 July 2018, following a three-month implementation period.
The Act has a built-in six-month grace period for reporting entities' obligations to report ownership and operational information into the Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets. This grace period ends on 11 January 2019. The other provisions of the Act, including the information gathering and Ministerial Directions powers, apply from 11 July 2018.
The Act safeguards Australia's critical infrastructure and enhances the capability of the Critical Infrastructure Centre. The full text of the Act and updated Explanatory Memoranda is available on the Parliament of Australia website. The Ministers press release is available on the Minister for Home Affairs website.
We have published industry guidance, to ensure reporting entities understand the Act's purpose, intent and operation, and their obligations under the Act.