Cyber policy issues

DFAT manages Australia’s strategic and international security interests in cyberspace.

At present those interests include:

  • promoting the development of international norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, underpinned by existing international law
  • developing measures, especially regionally, to reduce the risk of events in cyberspace leading to miscalculation, escalation and possible conflict
  • promoting international cooperation to address cyber threats, including through a cyber cooperation program to enhance cybersecurity and address cybercrime in the Indo-Pacific, and
  • championing the current multi-stakeholder, rather than government-centred, model of internet governance.

DFAT, with the participation of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and other agencies, holds bilateral cyber policy dialogues, currently with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India and Indonesia, which involve strategic dialogue and practical cooperation.