Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill 2022

Home Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Implements the second tranche of changes to Australia's critical infrastructure framework by amending the: Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to: provide that specified critical infrastructure assets must adopt and maintain a critical infrastructure risk management program; provide for annual reporting obligations for assets that are exempt from the risk management program obligation; make minor amendments in relation to consultation requirements and immunities; provide for additional cyber security obligations that may be applied in relation to systems of national significance; provide that directions facilitating government assistance to industry in the event of a serious cyber security incident prevail over the requirements of a risk management program; amend provisions that authorise the use and disclosure of protected information; provide that the minister's power to privately declare an asset as a critical infrastructure asset includes a power to require compliance with a risk management program; enable the minister to declare a critical infrastructure asset to be a system of national of significance; and include additional reporting requirements; and AusCheck Act 2007 to make consequential amendments. Also makes a technical amendment to the Criminal Code Act 1995.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 10 Feb 2022
Second reading moved 10 Feb 2022
Second reading debate 16 Feb 2022
Second reading agreed to 16 Feb 2022
Third reading agreed to 16 Feb 2022
Introduced and read a first time 30 Mar 2022
Second reading agreed to 30 Mar 2022
Third reading agreed to
  • : Amendment details: 5 Government agreed to
30 Mar 2022
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 31 Mar 2022
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
31 Mar 2022
Finally passed both Houses 31 Mar 2022
  • Act no: 33
  • Year: 2022
01 Apr 2022

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


Helpful information

Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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