Submission to the Department of Home Affairs Consultation: Review of The Assistance and Access Bill 2018

Kathrine Galloway

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The Assistance and Access Bill 2018
Encryption and other forms of electronic protection are vital security measures that protect private, commercial and Government data and make the communications and devices of all people more secure. However, these security measures are also being employed by terrorists, child sex offenders and criminal organisations to mask illegal conduct. The exploitation of modern communications technology for illicit ends is a significant obstacle to the lawful access of communications by Australia’s law enforcement and national security agencies.

To address these threats, the Government has developed the Assistance and Access Bill to secure critical assistance from the communications industry and enable law enforcement to effectively investigate serious crimes in the digital era.

Current status
On 20 September 2018 the Assistance and Access Bill was introduced into Parliament and referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (the Committee) for inquiry and report.

Public Consultation
The Department of Home Affairs conducted a public consultation between 14 August - 10 September 2018.

The Department of Home Affairs received submissions in response to the exposure draft Assistance and Access Bill from individuals and organisations.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Department of Home Affairs
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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